A History of British Nightclubs & Music Venues
Simon & Schuster UK
On Sale: August 13, 2015
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Nightclubs and music venues are often the source of a
lifetime's music taste, best friends and vivid memories.
They can define a town, a city or a generation, and breed
scenes and bands that change music history. In Life After
Dark Dave Haslam reveals and celebrates a definitive history
of significant venues and great nights out. Writing with
passion and authority, he takes us from vice-ridden
Victorian dance halls to acid house and beyond; through the
jazz decades of luxurious ballrooms to mods in basement
dives and the venues that nurtured the Beatles, the Stones,
Northern Soul and the Sex Pistols; from psychedelic light
shows to high street discos; from the Roxy to the Hacienda;
from the Krays to the Slits; and from reggae sound systems
to rave nights in Stoke.
In a journey to dozens of towns and cities, taking in
hundreds of unforgettable stories on the way, Haslam
explores the sleaziness, the changing fashions, the moral
panics and the cultural and commercial history of nightlife.
He interviews clubbers and venue owners, as well as DJs and
musicians; he meets one of the gangsters who nearly
destroyed Manchester's nightlife and discusses Goth clubs in
Leeds with David Peace.
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