In the same way that fashion designers have used clothing to rally against prevailing societal issues – Christian Dior’s New Look
celebrating indulgence after inter-war rationing, Mary Quant’s miniskirts
giving the finger to conservatism in the 1960s – music provides a similar reprieve from, if I can be frank here, the exhausting business of 21st-century living. "It’s a way for people, especially young people, to voice their personal loves, hopes, dreams and fears," offers Ashley of Trash Theory
, whose self-made documentaries offer a deep dive into the experimental and subversive forces behind the most influential moments in music history. "As [is] creating music that is a reflection of their present."