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just too young (and not quite in the know enough )at 17 to get into places like Shoom. But by 89 we were bang into ...
on 19 March 2016
I can only write from a London perspective ,but i was heavily into the scene from 89 onwards.
Overall the book was enjoyable ,but to be critical there were a few glaring misses. I missed 88 ,just too young (and not quite in the know enough )at 17 to get into places like Shoom. But by 89 we were bang into the Acid House M25 scene.
The book misses out Zigis in Streatham ,which seems strange ,also when Centreforce is the only pirate station mentioned from 89 ( probably because of its ICF connections ),when Fantasy Fm was going out all over London 24hrs a day ( not just East and North ) and spawned DJs like Hype and Rap etc
Also when the 92/93 Hardcore scene fragmented ,it wasn`t a straight split between Jungle and Happy Hardcore ,loads of people reverted back to House and Garage ,with , in London a huge club scene ,Club UK ,Bagleys ,the Cross ,SW1 ,Jus House /One for you etc If you read this book then ( apart from a few references to Ministry ) you wouldn`t have thought there was a House scene in the 90s.
When Jungle is written about it is implied in this book that they ,( the Jungle crowd ) ,didnt really earn their bad reputation but was given it for racist reasons,i cant speak for the rest of the country but London is/was a multicultural city and its not uncommon to be in the minority as a white person, its no big deal ,but anyone who went to nights like Roast can tell you ,they got their reputation because people were getting robbed and taxed ( black and white ) ,guns did get brought to dos ,and there was always a feeling it could go off at any time . It wasn`t racist to say the Ragga element brought with them ,the moody atmosphere it was just a fact . Garage dos ,which were predominantly black ,never had that atmosphere ,just Jungle ones .
As ive said ,the book is still an enjoyable read ,critical aside.