Alice is Still in Wonderland with Siouxsie Sioux
BBC Radio 4
Tuesday 17th November 2015
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has become an icon of British culture – the bizarre story and flamboyant illustrations have inspired all kinds of imagery, fashion, architecture, theatre, decoration and events. While its sinister undercurrents and phantasmagorical dreamscapes echo through the works of countless artists and musicians.
On the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s book, lead singer and song writer of alternative rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees, Siouxsie Sioux, explores its strange allure.
“From 8 onwards, I returned to those pictures of strange, impossible animals and freakish, devious adults as I followed the solitary, brave girl, from one weird encounter to the next.
But there was something else that drew me into Wonderland that I couldn’t have named then, though I sensed its irreverence – something darker about adults and their rules and their craziness and endless unreasonableness. Alice was an ally and the book helped me dream myself out of the London suburbs.” Siouxsie Sioux