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Hackney's Human Be-In: Be There Or Else: Hackney's Ocean (27 September)

Author: Jonty Adderley
Monday, August 26, 2002
"The only thing that amazed me about 9/11, apart from its sheer panache, was the fact it had been so long in coming. We were predicting something like this in the 90s when we did the Zippy tour. We were saying 'Wake up America, you're fucked and you're fucking the planet; here's a chance for a renaissance through rave culture'."

Ever since Al Qaida's terrible attacks ushered in a new global dissent-free order, original hippy turned rave proselytiser Fraser Clark has been one of the few public voices daring to transgress. Within days of September 11 he used his politics-meets-rave-meets-alternative culture e-zine The UP to pin the blame on "the vampire elite" ruling America, warning, "unless the alternative community gets moving fast to affect 'Public Opinion' there's going to be a final Holy War."

10 months on he's weathered the subsequent storm of protest (one outraged reader even promised to add him to the 'anti-semite register') though is continuing his campaign to awaken alternative culture by staging a "Human Be-In" at London's Ocean Theatre this September (27th). A veteran of San Francisco's 60s Tribal Gatherings in Haight-Ashbury and the brains behind London's festival-in-a-club trance event Megatripolis, Clark's planning to practise what he's been preaching with a party meets politic activist event.

"I see the anti-globalisation movement as coming out of the rave scene primarily, but they've gone a little bit far away from how it started so the goal is to bring them all together again and re-affirm that we're all one movement," he says.

Skrufff (Jonty Adderley): What is it about rave culture specifically that can make a difference-

Fraser Clark: "There's a dinosaur culture already in existence which is based on violence, competition and exploitation, and they even justify and rationalise these aspects. Then there's another culture, including rave culture, which doesn't want the world to be that way at all. There are lots of different factions with different models and ideas but if they all come together into one movement that would have an effect. I know it's possible because I've seen it happen in the 60s. We represent an alternative culture that doesn't want to live that way at all and I think that's growing as people get more and more dissatisfied .

The official one is also falling apart with such things as Enron. Commentators are saying that stock markets are falling because people no longer trust the corporations' figures anymore. I don't even trust the weather reports from America any more! I really think they'd fiddle anything, they're completely immoral in that sense."

Skrufff: On your weekly ezine UP, you often publishabusive emails you receive…

Fraser Clark: "Yes, they're part of the fun, though I haven't had any for a while."

Skrufff: Are you a believer in the world facing an imminent apocalypse-

Fraser Clark: "We're facing a slow or even quite fast Armageddon unless alternative culture becomes powerful enough to change things. I see America as the last hold out. Someone like Tony Blair, for example, actually represents a massive change, that we underestimate and forget. The human race generally resists change then when it finally accepts it, as soon as the change happens, forgets where it came from and what it went through. We forget how bad the whole Thatcher period was. The only argument is about when things will change. The only qualification is the fact that Tony Blair and the elite little clique that actually run New Labour are in the pocket of George Bush- it seems like they're getting corrupted."

Skrufff: "You recently wrote in an article, 'the ravers will get lost without the hippy wisdom' what exactly is hippy wisdom-

Fraser Clark: "There are two cultures competing; a competitive one which is dying out but is a threat to the planet and a co-operative one that want to run a system based on co-operation and equality, instead of emphasising competition- that's a ve