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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (5 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091926939
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091926939
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,742 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)

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

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Norman on 13 Mar 2009
Format: Paperback
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 By M. R. Montgomery on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Brown on 29 April 2009
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Decko on 28 Feb 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Smyth on 14 Jun 2009
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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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