Writer Paul Flynn explored British pop music’s reaction to the AIDS crisis. The witty, often ironic messages found in McDiarmid’s Rainbow Aphorisms borrow from popular culture and comment on society’s reaction to the AIDS epidemic. Inspired by McDiarmid’s quips, Flynn discussed the pop music and culture that defined a generation. Responses included discussions of Bronski Beat, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Boy George, Neneh Cherry, FreddieMercury and Pet Shop Boys.
Flynn also interrogated the cataloguing of desire and danger in pop at a moment when they collided with extraordinary cultural impact ‘at the moment when the counterculture took control of the mainstream’.
This walk began at 78 Railton Road, SE24, the site of the former South London Gay Community Centre, before exploring Brixton and finishing at Studio Voltaire in Clapham.
About the contributor
Paul Flynn a journalist and author of Good As You: 30 Years of Gay Britain. He began writing at City Life magazine in Manchester and is currently the Senior Contributing Editor at Love and a columnist for Attitude and Grazia. He has previously been a contributing editor and writer at i-D, Pop, Dazed, Fantastic Man, The Gentlewoman and GQ Style. He has written for the Guardian, the Observer, the Sunday Express and the Sunday Times newspapers.