“Destination Docklands story” by Will Jennings (10-10-2018)

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DESTINATION DOCKLANDS

THE STORY OF JEAN MICHEL-JARRE’S 1988 LONDON SPECTACLE

Thirty years ago this week, London witnessed one of the most remarkable and intriguing cultural events of its modern history. A concert which used massive buildings as a stage-set, relentless fireworks that could be seen across the city, an event which nearly didn’t happen at all due to legal and political fights and which all resulted in huge debt and financial settlements in the courts. Throw into the mix the most 1980s characters possible, from Princess Diana to Jeremy Beadle to Robert Maxwell, torrential rain nearly scuppering the whole thing and a connection to the largest neoliberal construction project the city has ever seen and you have an enticing mix of spectacle, capital, media and drama. Read more.

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