As the eighties drew to their close, with Thatcherism holding Britain tight in its grip, something funny was happening right across the jungle of the country's nightlife scene. People were dressing down, not up, to go to clubs. And they were dancing right through the night armed seemingly with only bottles of water. Ecstasy and acid house music had arrived on British shores, and a battle for the moral future of the nation, between the youth and the establishment, had begun. In this book, author and dance music promoter Alon Shulman uses exclusive contributions from the world's biggest DJs—including Paul Oakenfold, Carl Cox, Fatboy Slim, Moby, The Prodigy, Boy George, and many others—to faithfully recreate the summers of 1988 and 1989 and chart the birth and rise of acid house, dance music, and club culture right through to the modern day. Complete with stunning unseen photographs, this is the first authentic account of what really happened in that glorious period—from the politics and the people to the music, drugs, and fashion—told by those who were there and took part in the creation of the underground scene that inadvertently altered the course of global youth culture forever.
About the Author
Alon Shulman is an award winning festival, club, and live experience promoter and producer who has worked with many of the biggest DJ's and live acts in dance music. Owner of the pioneering dance music brand Universe™, he is also the founder and CEO of the World Famous Group—a multimedia entertainment company focused on events and activation-based content generating.