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Class of 88 - The True Acid House Experience (Special Edition 2011) [Kindle Edition]

Wayne Anthony
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Book Description

Wayne Anthony was amongst the first generation of people to experiment with MDMA (ecstasy) in Spain 1987. It wouldn't be long before Wayne and a host of colourful individuals were staging the biggest illegal warehouse parties in the history of Great Britain. What began as small covert after-parties soon developed into full scale extravaganza's as the Summer of Love engulfed the United Kingdom. Thousands of people are accredited for the global expansion of what today is commonly called The Rave Scene but only a few can be deemed its pioneers.

Wayne Anthony, Keith Brooks & Andrew Pritchard (Urban Smuggler Author) formed a company called Genesis'88 and quickly became leading lights during a period affectionately known as Acid House. Their modus operandi was locating huge empty warehouses and lay claim as their own building for one night only. Dozens of fake documents were concocted which enabled Wayne Anthony to convince law enforcement agencies the said properties were hired through proper channels. At times even claiming he was George Michael's assistant manager to dozens of police officers.

The UK's media launched one of the biggest propaganda campaigns to date and demonised them as Public Enemy Number One. This brought promoters head on with police riot squads every weekend as Britain partied like never before in its history. The young Genesis'88 partners were soon earning and spending hundreds of thousands of pounds some even say millions of pounds, consuming vast amounts of drugs and even jumped out an airplane on LSD. This brought the partners to the close attention of organised criminal gangs across London. Wayne was beaten up by psychotic ex-paratroopers, stalked by crooks, held up by armed robbers and kidnapped on different occasions.

Wayne Anthony and partners spent two years breaking and entering warehouses putting life, limb and their freedom on the line. Genesis'88 co-hosted events with pioneering companies such as Sunrise, Energy or Biology. Class of 88 is one man's raw, idiosyncratic and fascinating account of how Acid House changed his life, and Great Britain, forever.

The Special Edition (2011)

The Special Edition has been completely revised and now includes brand new stories from Wayne Anthony’s epic journey into the world of Acid House and the organisers that staged some of the biggest illegal warehouse parties in the history Great Britain. The party promoter was the first amongst his contemporaries to tell his true story to the world. Genesis is one of the founding companies that created and neutered a platform for large-scale all night dance parties. This brought Wayne and partners to the attention of gun totting mercenaries, well known gangsters, bank robbers, and members of parliament, riot squads though worse of all The Media. This true story tells the epic tale of England’s biggest sub-cultural movement that began on the Island’s of Ibiza and Tenerife in 1987. The influence of promoters such as Wayne Anthony can be felt in almost every dance music venue in the world today. Ten years on this Special Edition 2011goes even further into the history of the worlds biggest Acid House promoters.

NOTE: The Class of 88 original paperback book now sells secondhand on amazon and other rare book websites for between £45 and £220

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 464 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058EWEAW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #197,222 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An insight into where it came..... 19 Mar. 2013
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For anyone with any involvement in the scene wether it be from the eighties or present date this is an absolute must read. It gives a frank and honest account of how the original illegal raves were formulated and bought to life from the eye of the promoter in the thick of the action.
If it wasn't for Genisis and other promoters of the time then I can't help feel we would be experiencing a different club culture today, I for one loved my days dancing my nut off and this book really captures the vibe, atmosphere and interaction between everyone involved back in the day.

My only negative comment would be the obvious lack of any proof reading. The lack of punctuation, grammar and poor spelling/wrong wording can distract you from what is a truly great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top read 28 Jan. 2014
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First class experience of a generation that they just could not suppress. A real real roller coaster of a read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit of a Pity 11 Feb. 2013
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The subject matter of this book is fascinating- Acid House was truly a revolutionary period in British youth culture (and by extension culture in general)- and Wayne Anthony is uniquely placed as one of the organisers of Genesis to tell this story. Unfortunately Mr Anthony's publisher saw fit to release his book without first running it past a sub-editor; the result is that the book is in parts practically unreadable. i think this is a real shame for a book that is potentially quite important, so only three stars from me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get It Bought! 7 Oct. 2011
If you love acid, rave and dance music in general and want to know more on the early days then this is a definate MUST HAVE.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just missed out 1 Jan. 2014
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I attended my first rave/ dance event in 92 aged sixteen, but gutted I missed the actual inception, some great funny stories and anecdotes.....would of liked a bit more on the protection racketeering when the second mob took over, but maybe it can't be spoken of, Wayne sounds a funny, if at times misguided, likeable chap
1.0 out of 5 stars A personal observation that falls short 3 May 2013
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In many ways, Wayne Anthony was the right man at the right time.

Under his tenancy, acid house went from an urban London oddity to a cultural phenomenon played out on the front page of the Sun.

His story is an intimate but ultimately unsatisfactory insight into the movement. There is too much emphasis on the mechanics of organising long forgotten suburban warehouse raves, and little on the major figures that helped shape a generation.
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality 5 Nov. 2012
By CM K - Published on
What an amazing read, I was only 12 when acid house came about but was well aware of the scene through older friends and loved the tunes. Gutted that i didn't get to experience it properly but this book is as near as you will get in 2012.
4.0 out of 5 stars This a great book. Fascinating insight into the early days 17 Oct. 2014
By EDWARD J BUCK - Published on
This a great book. Fascinating insight into the early days. It does get a bit repetitive after a while, but the drug stories and anecdotes at the end make it worth the effort.
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