Filmmaker Adam Curtis writes on his BBC blog:

In 1966 one of the most brilliant American New Wave movie directors—Joseph Strick —made a documentary for the BBC. It was about heckling in the British general election of that year. It is great piece of verite film-making…

In the film you can see both an old Britain and fragments of the new Britain that was emerging side by side in the audiences.

Empire Loyalists shout about the betrayal of Rhodesia and the loss of the last bits of the empire, while in the same audience – towards the end of the film – you can see early examples of British counter-culture. Long hair – but still beatnik, not hippie, fashion – with the slogan “Anarchy – don’t vote, Anarchy don’t vote”…

Read the rest of Curtis’s post and watch the doc here

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2022: I publish a weeklyish email newsletter called LANDLINE = https://jaybabcock.substack.com Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca., where I practiced with Buddhist teacher Ruth Denison and was involved in various pro-ecology and social justice activist activities.

One thought on “ON HECKLING

  1. I’ve even witnessed (however, virtually) the heckling of Blair (who has his own ‘witch project’, if I’m not mistaken)
    over the current war against ‘terrorists’. How can we circumnavigate the police-state-media that is the US politician-to-press-closed-circuit to get such freedoms of speech over the airwaves? (I mean, other than on the internet… itself a condemnation of our inability to confront one another on a daily basis… other than virtually).

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