Beat Britain in the 1990’s

This BBC radio documentary from the early ’90’s (broadcast here, courtesy You Tube, in two parts) features an avuncular host, Ian McMillan (with a broad and delightful Barnsley accent) in search of the Beat custodians in England’s strangely bland and soul-less cultural climate. The first person that he visits is Kevin Ring, custodian of the estimable Beat Scene. Also included, the voices of Jeff Nuttall and Eric Mottram (key figures in the so-called “British Poetry Revival”), not to mention, Jim Burns (old-time Beat-o-phile), David Tipton & Dave Cunliffe (a dual interview), and Steve Sneyd.

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