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Nightshift: Growing Up in and Around Wigan Casino 1974-1981 [Kindle Edition]

Pete Mckenna
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The northern soul scene of the 1970s revolved around the now legendary Wigan Casino allnighters. Pete McKenna, a regular at Wigan for more years than was probably good for him, takes you back in time, through the doors of the old ballroom and back out to the floor . . .

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Pete McKenna's story of growing up in a world of Blackpool rock, gleaming scooters, and northern soul music moves along with all theamphetamine-fuelled pace of a Casino dancer. If it moved any faster, it would be called a Ferrari -- Gutter Press, January, 1997

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Pete McKenna's underground classic takes you on a journey back in time to the days of scooters, football aggro and northern soul allnighters at the legendary Wigan Casino.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 441 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Countdown Books Ltd (29 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #128,357 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disco Inferno 13 May 2004
The first book to attempt to document the "Northern Soul" subculture that arose in Britain in the early '70s, McKenna's book is a slim and highly personal account of the glory days of the scene. I picked it up, 'cause I'd always heard the term Northern Soul, but was never really clear what it was all about. Well, as far as I can make out from this account, it's basically a little offshoot of the mod scene. Same obsession about obscure black American music, same obsession with clothes and style, and same big ingestion of drugs (especially speed). McKenna spends a good deal of time describing his own local scene around Blackpoolóincluding a lot on fashion, scooters, run-ins with police and motorcycle gangs, and the likeóbefore moving on to the main part of the book, which describes the all-nighters held at the Wigan Casino from the early '70s to 1982.
These all-nighters were essentially dances that ran from around midnight until 6am or so, and can very rightfully be considered the precursors to the rave scene that arose in the '80s. The music mostly came from DJs, although for a while, the Wigan Casino was considered the best live soul venue in the world and attracted big name American performers. The music bits are a bit boring if you're not into it yourself, and the details over the scene infighting about which club or DJ was playing more "authentic" music are laughable.
McKenna's discussion of the role of drugs displays an astounding capacity for doublethink. On the one hand, he keeps trying to say that it was all about the music and the dancing, and the drugs were a tiny part of it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Night Shift 29 Jun. 2013
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I attended Wigan Casino during its hey-dey so was looking forward to reading this book. It is not the best book on the Casino I have read and there are much better written ones out there.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Soul Train To Wigan 22 April 2014
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This takes a while before you get to the Wigan Casino and Northern Soul. when you arrive there It gave me the reason why I purchased this book.

The earlier chapters take in the pub and club scene in Blackpool in the early 1970's. Of the characters and people mentioned on those pages I am sure CAD was at Brian London's 007 club the night I was there many moons ago.

It would be Interesting to find what the people who were the regulars at the Wigan Casino from those days make of this?
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4.0 out of 5 stars From The Golden Mile To The Casino 11 May 2001
McKenna gives an engaging account of growing up in the North West Northern scene, which I had only heard about second hand. The book is page -turner for anyone even vaguely interested in Northern Soul, and traces the scrapes, characters and power of those magical platters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars really good read 24 Feb. 2014
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takes you back really good read brought back some wonderful memories , just long enough too , enjoyed redaing the record listing in the back of the book too
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