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A Modern Hero
on 18 October 2012
Those of us fortunate enough to have been a part of the early rave/acid house party scene here in the uk, you would think we know the stories inside out, not so.
I partied my little bollocks off from 89 to 1999, from the age of 15 onwards, often traversing cross country to get to the next gathering. I lived, and continue to live in the Fens of East Anglia, and we had our fare share of illegal warehouse parties. During that period i guess most of us wore rose tinted glasses.
I had heard that these parties were organized by criminal gangs later on in the 90s, but i had no idea how far this went until i read Waynes account of things in this book. Wayne gives us a brief introduction to what life was like for the average Brit in the 80s, which itself is fascinating and eye opening.
Then we get to the good stuff, and what a journey it is. Wayne tells us how it all came about, how he duped the police and authorities, dressing smartly to hide the fact that he was one of those Acid House Kings, which The Sun continually targeted during its reign of disinformation.
The story is compelling to say the least, a real rollercoaster ride in this unique point in history, coherently told by the charming Mr Anthony, you kinda feel he could charm the pants of anyone, which is probably why Genesis did so well back in 89.
I know there are lots of younger ravers out there who were not even alive during the summer of love, but are fascinated by this scene we had, and that there are loads of oldskool ravers who have great memories of dancing til dawn, defying authoritarian rule, sticking 2 fingers up to Thatcher, who are constantly wishing for a time machine to whizz them back to the summer of love, just go on youtube and check out the comments left on tunes such as Dance Conspiracy - Dub War, etc, or the old dj set tape packs from events such as Dreamscape etc, there are so many people who wish this era could come back. The events in the 80s were unique, so a repeat of that is very unlikely, though it all depends how long this recession goes on i guess, all we need is another heatwave =)
Anyway, yeah, all oldskoolers and new rave kids should read this book, because it will open your eyes, bring back loads of memories, and entertain and inform you, Wayne does not hold much back in this book.
Id say this was the best book on the acid house scene and culture of 88-89, and if you were there then you probably already know this story, but there is so much more to tell, and this book will certainly inform you.