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Superstar DJs Here We Go!: The Rise and Fall of the Superstar DJ [Paperback]

Dom Phillips
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5 Mar 2009

"It was about larging it. It was about pulling out a wad of 20s when you were buying your champagne at the bar. It was about buying your cocaine in an eight ball. It was about wearing designer clothes. At that top tier of that club scene, it was about giving it loads."

With a foreword by music journalist, Miranda Sawyer, Superstar DJs Here We Go! is the full, unexpurgated story of the biggest pop culture phenomenon of the 1990s: the rise and fall of the superstar DJ.

During the 1990s big names such as Sasha, Jeremy Healy, Fatboy Slim, Dave Seaman, Nicky Holloway, Judge Jules, and Pete Tong exploded out of acid house, becoming international jetsetters, flying all over the world just to play a few hours and commanding up to £140,000 a night. The plush, heavily branded 'superclubs' where they performed - clubs like Cream, Ministry, Renaissance and Gatecrasher - were filled with thousands of adoring clubbers, roaring their approval of their DJ gods.

For the DJs and promoters, it was a licence to print money and live like a rock star. For clubbers, it was a hedonistic utopia where anyone and everyone could come together to look fabulous, take drugs, and dance the night away. But underneath the shiny surface lurked a darker side, a world of cynical moneymaking, rampant egos and cocaine-fuelled self-indulgence that eventually spiralled out of control leaving behind burnt-out DJs, jobless promoters and a host of bittersweet memories.

They went from having the clubbing world at their feet to the world's biggest comedown. Dom Phillips - former editor of clubbers' bible Mixmag - reveals an enthralling and at times jaw-dropping account of flawed people, broken dreams and what really happens when it all goes Pete Tong.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (5 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091926939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091926939
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fascinating" (Alexis Petridis GQ)

"Essential reading for anyone interested in club culture" (Mixmag)

"Superb" (Observer Music Monthly)

"Highly entertaining" (Sunday Times)

"A supremely readable chronicle of pop culture self-destructing" (Word)


Highly entertaining...with bizarre incidents and larger-than-life personalities

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "It all went Pete Tong.....BIG STYLE!" 13 Mar 2009
Only being 21 i missed the 90's dance scene by about 5 years but the 80's and 90's acid house scene has always intressed me, this book is a great insight into the madness,parties,and how the scene went from illegal raves to a global clubbbing brands.

If you where a clubber in the late 80's and through the 90's this book will be a great read, all the clubs all the DJ's get a shout. For clubbers that came into the scene in the 2000's like me some of the people and places will be a little bit lost on you but its still great to read about.

The book is heavyly based around the DJ "Sasha", i no he is a great dj and pretty much was the first dj to gain "superstar" status but it does get a little bit annoying after a while how often his name comes up. I think maybe the only way sasha would agree to an interview for the book is if he had a chapter about "himself"

The book also has a annoying habit of starting a story in say 1999 and then the next paragraph goes back to 1994 can get a little confusing.

this is a great book and deffo worth a read. 4/5
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Glaring gaps and contradictions... 26 Jun 2011
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Firstly, I thought the book was a great read. Dom Philips style was ambitious and engaging.. skilfully beat mixing history with updated interviews with the main protagonists. My heart was pounding with excitement as I turned each page, the curtain was pulled back and I learned more about the inner working of 90s clubland.

There are however many major gaps...

1. Apart from 2 passing references to Northern Ireland it is completely omitted from the book. This is odd especially as Sasha (who features large in the book)has such loyalty to the place. Also clubs like SugarSweet run by David Holmes (of Ocean's 11-13 fame etc.) and McCready, changed the lives and fabric of Belfast society arguably contributing to the current peace process. Orbital wrote a famous track after one legendary nights attendance.

2. There is no index??? I thought only cheap pulpy true crime books from the USA couldn't be bothered adding an index. A book that clearly covers so much history needs an index. Especially for people with memory problems!

3. It is certainly impossible to include every noteworthy DJ but certain DJs contributed to advancing certain elements - standing on the shoulders of giants and all that. Brandon Block would be one example in terms of how he helped built the now multimillion pound Ibiza scene.

The book certainly ends on a sour not which in my humble opinion was a bad comedown.

Dom appears to have a Freudian esk relationship with Sasha building him up excessively only to tear him down at the end (he did the same with Cook but in a more factual way).

Sasha is a genre all to himself - if you want to know if that genre is alive and well go and see him over the summer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Cobbled together bunch of old mixmag stories 28 Feb 2013
By Decko
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This is a slightly boring review of 1990's club culture. I went along with the read as I grew up in the nineties and am still a big fan of house music to this day and I will be for life! I don't understand the point of the book. I had respect for Dom Phillips as he wrote some good sleeve notes on global underground mixes and I believe he named the genre 'progressive house' - I loved progressive house and the global underground series. The problem I found was that at the end of the book he slates Sasha for no apparent reason and I felt a bit ill when I read it.This left me with 3 options... 1) resell the book on Amazon, 2) give the book to a charity shop, 3) squirt hp sauce over it and lob it in the bin! I chose option 3!! My advice is to have a look elsewhere as there must be a better club culture books knocking around. (And also Sasha is still an ace DJ/music producer).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking read 14 Jun 2009
This book was going to have to be very good to deliver what it promised. And it did. Charts the rise of dance music and its DJs against backdrop of social and cultural changes of the 80s and 90s. Some great stories in there...and brought back a load of memories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Superstar Office DJ 19 July 2012
I work with several great office DJ's who all rate their own skills highly. This book makes an excellent gift for the superstar office DJ in your life.

This is the site of my favourite office DJ, Russ. [...] He will love this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superstar DJs 1 Nov 2010
By simonh
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Great book, lots of interesting stuff. Definitely recommended for anyone who went clubbing in the early nineties onwards, read mixmag, and is interested in a recap.

Reading this book reminded me of the exact issue of Mixmag where I realised it was going wrong - "DJs go fishing". Dave Seaman, Nick Warren and (probably) Sasha/Digweed. They went fishing and mixmag did a feature. Oh dear.

How glad I am, that I was going to free parties instead of these superclubs.

Highly recommended book though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best dance/electronic music book I've read! 29 April 2009
For anybody who has been clubbing at any point over the last 20 yrs, this is a must read.

Dom Phillips unravels the crazy story's and urban myths that followed the phenomenon that was 'Superstar DJ's', thanks to his previous role as editor of the worlds most famous dance music magazine, Mixmag. He speaks candidly to all the big movers such as Sasha, Carl Cox, Norman Cook. As well as all the promoters of the superclubs such as Cream, Home, and Gatecrasher about the ridiculous money that was made and the drugs that were on tap.

This obviously makes very entertaining reading, but what the book also explores is the politic situation in the UK through the late 80's / early 90's and how the criminal justice act was adjusted to ban repetitive music!

Although I am quite knowledgeable of house / acid house music's roots I found the opening chapters of the book explained this very well, and put an interesting slant on things.

Finally, there is some excellent nuggets of well-known celebrity gossip throw in for good measure, which might explain why some BBC breakfast show presenters were so 'perky' in the mornings!

10 / 10 for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars dance
my husband ordered this for our holiday he couldnt put it down and finished it before we came home .
Published 4 months ago by L. M. Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Bought the book for reading on holiday, took me back to my younger days as a clubber at the Hac
Published 8 months ago by Richard Best
4.0 out of 5 stars An eye-opening and always interesting read about an important period...
I embraced the 90's dance music scene with gusto. Obviously I didn't realise at the time just how significant a decade the 90's would turn out to be. Read more
Published on 9 Feb 2012 by The_Man_The_Myth
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read for any "Raver"
Having been on the DJ scene since the early days myself I found this a riveting read, as would any DJ or raver who was around in the 90's. Read more
Published on 27 Mar 2011 by K-MUZIK
5.0 out of 5 stars a hands In the Air Book
This is a great book, if you were part of the scene in the 90's then you should read this, it is full of arms in the air memories and laugh out loud anecdotes that will make you go... Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2011 by Wilson40
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For anyone who takes an interest in dance music and clubbing culture in general, this book should not be missed. Read more
Published on 20 Sep 2010 by Dom
5.0 out of 5 stars Social history
A great bit of social history from Dom Phillips that documents the dance music movement. Forget Britpop, the UK exported club culture to the world during the 90's and the... Read more
Published on 22 April 2009 by T. A. Lay
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