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Rave/Acid House Books - Must reads

If you wish to read more about the rave scene and the Fantazia website was not sufficient for you then we recommend some of the following books about the Raving, Acid House and Drum n Bass:

A-Z of Club Culture
By Ben Osborne
Expanding on Ben Osborne's column in "The Guardian", this is a guide to 20 years of club culture. Drawing on research, interviews with DJs and musicians, and stories from the clubbers, it discusses who's who and what's what in contemporary dance. It runs the gamut from afro-funk, handbag and hardbag, to zion train and zippies. It also includes coverage of seminal clubs, crucial music genres, clubbing anecdotes, and club drugs.£19.99
Adventures in Wonderland: A Decade of Club Culture
by Sheryl  Garratt
This work charts the rise of house music from its roots in the underground, black, gay scene in Chicago. It discusses how the "rave" scene has changed the face of youth culture, and addresses the issues of drugs and commercialization. There are interviews with key players and stars.

Tracing a history that takes in the Stonewall riots of 1969, New York's gay clubs, the advent of disco (much reviled at the time), and the genesis of House in Chicago and Techno in Detroit, through to the British Northern Soul scene, Ibiza, and the vast illegal raves that terrified and appalled little England, Sheryl Garratt's Adventures In Wonderland is a surprisingly full account of the emergence and evolution of contemporary dance culture: surprising in that, given its 330-odd pages, Garratt manages to include interviews with many of the major players and with clubbers themselves, as well as her own personal reminiscences of many of the key events (post-1980) of this history.

Adventures on the wheels of steel the rise of the superstar djs
by Dave Haslam
A book all about the rise of the superstar DJs including Sasha, Fatboy Slim, Paul Van Dyk, Graeme Park, Shindig, Hacienda, Cream, DMC, Norman Jay, Mr Scruff, Pete Tong, Lottie and many more...£14.99
All Crews: Journey's Through Jungle / Drum and Bass Culture
by Brian Belle Fortune
An in-depth history of Jungle/Drum & Bass.  All Crews is a journey through this music and features interviews with the scene's top artists.

However, it also delves deeper and looks at the pirate radio stations, labels, crews, promoters and ravers that form the backbone of this truly original culture.
Altered State: The Story of Ecstasy Culture and Acid House
by Matthew Collin & John Godfrey
When Ecstasy was first mixed with house music sometime during the 1980s, the reaction triggered a diverse youth movement.

It affected music, fashion, the law, government policy and other areas of public and private life. This work trails the drug from California, through New York and onwards in the history of Ecstasy and the culture and politics that surround it
Beyond Subculture
By Rupa Huq
Presenting a new approach to the study of youth culture and popular music, Beyond Subculture re-examines the link between music and subcultures and asks the question; in an ageing world, can pop music still be an automatic metaphor for youth culture?  Using case studies and first-hand interviews with consumer and producers including Noel Gallagher and Talvin Singh, Rupa Huq investigates a series of musically-centred global youth cultures including hip-hop, electronic dance music and bhangra.   With ‘Generation X’ becoming an increasingly redundant term, this book will help students redefine their ideas of youth culture and will be an invaluable addition to their studies. SOLD
Class of 88
by Wayne Anthony
PDF Book about the Genesis illegal rave Parties.  If you would like to read a copy of this great insiders look at the highs and lows of running the early rave parties do click the picture to the left.   Read a PDF of the book... SOLD
Cross Fade: a big chill anthology
by Pete Lawrence
With contributors Mixmaster Morris, Ally Fogg, DJ Derek, Susanna Glaser, Guy Morley, Alan James, Tony Marcus, Hillegonda Rietveld, Stuart Borthwick and Pete Lawrence. In its impressive ten-year history, The Big Chill multimedia festival and club has put on over a hundred events based around music, art, performance, comedy and spoken word. It has spanned the world, from Siberia to Australia, Norway to Egypt, England to Brazil, capturing the minds, hearts and souls of a new, open-minded era. Now, on its tenth anniversary, The Big Chill is bringing you its debut anthology of music related essays. SOLD
Club Cultures
by Sarah Thornton
This is an innovative contribution to the study of popular culture, focusing on the youth cultures that revolve around dance clubs and raves.
′An admirable degree of theoretical and empirical sophistication and attempt's] to situate the phenomena under study in a wider social context ... an in–depth account of the origins and meanings of the British club scene ... the empirical observation is deeply and skilfully woven into a rich and carefully constructed analysis ... Club Cultures is a refreshing, provoking and stimulating book which I enjoyed reading. I strongly recommend it and I have no doubt that it will be a success.′ European Journal of Communication
Discographies: Dance, Music, Culture and the Politics of Sound
by Jeremy Gilbert
Experiencing disco, hip hop, house, techno, drum 'n' bass and garage, Discographies plots a course through the transatlantic dance scene of the last last twenty-five years. It discusses the problems posed by contemporary dance culture of both academic and cultural study and finds these origins in the history of opposition to music as a source of sensory pleasure.   Discussing such issues as technology, club space. drugs, the musical body, gender, sexuality and pleasure, Discographies explores the ecstatic experiences at the heart of contemporary dance culture.  SOLD
DJ Chronicles - A Life Remixed
by Aaron Traylor
Enter the world of a legendary disc jockey.
At 18, he reached the top of the charts as one of the most listened to DJs in a large American city. From corporate radio to dingy nightclubs and sweaty underground raves, a decade in the limelight brought little of the joy and glamour he expected, and much that he would later regret.

Failed relationships, the death of a friend, and empty dreams...
This is the story of a seeker of enlightenment through music alone...
Then one desperate day, a vision and a voice led him to his true calling.  Based on the true story of "America's Tallest DJ," Aaron Traylor.
DJ Dance & Rave Culture  SOLD
DJing for Dummies
by John Steventon
All the information you will need to know to be a DJ£24.99
Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture
by Simon Reynolds
'An exceptional book. Reynolds has tracked the unfolding sounds and rituals of ''the (al)chemical generation'' so comprehensively that he virtually obviates the need for any further literature on the period'.  Read more the writter Simon Reynolds
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Fight Flight or Chill
By Brian Wilson
"Wilson uses the rave scene to demonstrate the complexity of contemporary youth in contrast to the somewhat one-dimensional portraits of 'troubled' and 'troubling' youth painted by the mass media and many academics.

Wilson's analysis is simply the most comprehensive and theoretically interesting academic work on rave culture." John Shepherd, Carleton University
Generation Ecstasy
by Simon Reynolds
"Worthy. As a straightforward timeline account of rave culture-the DJs, the drugs, the choons, the clubs, the clobber-"Generation Ecstasy succeeds. Tracing the music. Reynolds shows that he certainly knows his stuff.."
-"Now, Toronto
Read more the writter Simon Reynolds
The Hacienda
How not to Run a Rave Club
By Peter Hook
Peter Hook, as co-founder of Joy Division and New Order, has been shaping the course of popular music for thirty years. He provided the propulsive bass guitar melodies of 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' and the bestselling 12-inch single ever, 'Blue Monday' among many other songs. As co-owner of Manchester's Hacienda club, Hook propelled the rise of acid house in the late 1980s, then suffered through its violent fall in the 1990s as gangs, drugs, greed and a hostile police force destroyed everything he and his friends had created.  SOLD
by Samantha Williams
There are over 200 images, Flyers and lots of funny memories from original ravers from back in the day.£24.99
High SocietyThe voice of the E generation takes a look at clubbing. SOLD
History of House
by Dan Goldstein
From the early days in the Chicago warehouse s of the mid-1980s to today's million strong European festivals, History of House tells the story of the dancefloor's dominant style in the words of the people who created it. ' SOLD
How to DJ Properly
by Frank Broughton and Bill Brewster
This book both forms the perfect introduction for the novice. Written in an opinionated and entertaining no-bullshit style, with a healthy dose of realism, it shatters some illusions about the dance industry and offers in return some powerfully inspiring visions as it explains the true rewards of the DJ's craft. £29.99
King of Clubs
by Terry Turbo
From humble beginnings flyering on the London rave scene, he built up the country's biggest dance empire, starting and running One Nation, Rave Nation and Garage Nation - for a decade, he played host to more than 25,000 clubbers every week, all over the UK and Europe. "King of Clubs...Sex, Drugs and Thugs" is Terry's no-holds barred tale of the sex, drugs and violence that became part of his life. Read more about Terry Turbo£49.99
Last Night a DJ Saved my Life
by Frank Broughton and Bill Brewster
The self-styled "definitive" history of the humble art of spinning plates of vinyl, Last Night A DJ Saved My Life steps up to the turntables with worthy pretensions.  While Last Night A DJ . . . is an impressively knowledgeable compilation of information, they never quite decide whether this is an intellectual resource, a complete history, or if they're playing these records just for kicks.£19.99
Version from 2000£9.99
Paperback (used)
The Local Scenes and Global Culture of Psytrance
by Graham St
This lively textual symposium offers a collection of formative research on the culture of global psytrance (psychedelic trance). As the first book to address the diverse transnationalism of this contemporary electronic dance music phenomenon, the collection hosts interdisciplinary research addressing psytrance as a product of intersecting local and global trajectories. Contributing to theories of globalization, postmodernism, counterculture, youth subcultures, neotribes, the carnivalesque, music scenes and technologies, dance ritual and spirituality, chapters introduce psytrance around the world. SOLD
Ministry of Sound
The Manual
The who, the where, they why of clubland.  Not great but if you want to no more about the most famous club in the world do get this.
Read more about the Ministry of Sound
 Ministry of Sound
Misguided Ibiza
All the clubs... all the bars... all the beaches
Read more about the Ministry of Sound
Once in a Lifetime
The Crazy Days of Acid House and Afterwards by Jane Bussmann
A great collection of quotes and stories from the Acid House and Rave days + cool picture.  Really funny ones in hear and interesting snippets£19.99Buy
Martin James
Drawing on exclusive interviews with the band and their colleagues it recounts the band's birth in Essex, brings back to life their earliest gigs, the initial media disinterest and their first disastrous US tour.

It frankly covers their explosion on the international live circuit, their release of the fastest selling album of all time, Fat Of The Land and the production of their  fourth album, Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned. 
Read more about the Prodigy
Rave America
by Mireille Scott
Inside Club Culture USA SOLD
Rave Culture
an insiders overview
by Jimi Fritz
"A great book about the global rave phenomenon and the true rave experience. Comprehensive, detailed, informative and extremely well investigated. A superb job."
Gilbert Meyer-Gauen, DJ Magazine.
Rave Culture
By Tammy Anderson
"Anderson clearly has a passion for the subject matter and a keen focus on the 'decline' of rave culture which is to be commended. 

The thoroughness of Anderson's empirical work, and her engagement with the data is useful and gives voice to young (and not so young!) people and culture." -- Karenza Moore, Lancaster University
Raving Lunacy
by Dave Courtney
Dave Courtney, whose autobiography, Stop the Ride, I Want to Get Off, was a huge bestseller, reveals all from another hidden aspect of London's underworld. Notorious in London's criminal underworld, Dave is also a big name in the club and dance scene.

Raving Lunacy is the story of this double life, and how one world spilled over into the other. From parties in prisons, sewers, railway arches and aircraft hangers, to legitimacy 
Spanish Highs: Sex, Drugs & Excess in Ibiza
by Wayne Anthoney
A committed hedonist's account of a decade of decadence, not only of casual sex, prodigious drug abuse and non-stop partying; but also of battles with the Spanish police as the Ibizan dream of Wayne in Spain falls to pieces. SOLD
State of Bass: Jungle The Story So Far
by Martin James
An exploration of jungle music - where it came from, who its innovators were, the tunes - in the jungle community's own words. SOLD
Super Star DJs Here we go.  The Rise and Fall
by Dom Phillips
A superb account of the rise of the 90s superclubs and the DJs who invented the idea of largin' it
--Observer Music Monthly
Technomad: Global Raving Countercultures
by Graham St John
Technomad; explores the pleasurable and activist trajectories of post-rave. The book documents an emerging network of techno-tribes, exploring their pleasure principles and cultural politics. Attending to sound system culture, electro-humanitarianism, secret sonic societies, teknivals and other gatherings, intentional parties, revitalisation movements and counter-colonial interventions, Technomad; investigates how the dance party has been harnessed for transgressive and progressive ends, for manifold freedoms. Seeking freedom from moral prohibitions and standards, pleasure in rebellion, refuge from sexual and gender prejudice, exile from oppression, rupturing aesthetic boundaries, re-enchanting the world, reclaiming space, fighting for 'the right to party', and responding to a host of critical concerns, electronic dance music cultures are multivalent sites of resistance.  SOLD
The Incredible Strange History of Ecstasy
by Tim Pilcher
"Tim Pilcher is clearly a Generation Ecstasy insider. Yet somehow his treatment of the subject stays balanced and nuanced. He avoids getting druggie or scene-y, and he also avoids the strange, academic stiffness that mars other recent work on youth culture and raves."£24.99
This is Not A Rave in the Shadow of a subculture
by Tara McCall
Tara McCall traces the history, drugs, fashion, hypnotic music, and most importantly, the hedonistic dance of this fascinating subculture. It is the dance - the actual art of the rave - that is most often overlooked. From dance halls, to disco, to raving, why is dance so often seen as deviant and subversive?  £19.99
Underground Rave Dance
by Michael Sunstar
This is a interesting and informed look at dance music culture and the rave scene.  It is a novel based on real experiences.

A good read that will not let you put it down until you are finished.
Up All Night
A closer look at club drugs and rave culture
What Kind of House Party is this ?
by Jonathan Fleming
The History of a music Revolution - Filled with great pictures from some of the biggest raves, interviews with DJs, promoter, letters etc this is a great collectors item and very very rare£44.99
Some pages
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