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Party Lines : Dance Music and the Making of Modern Britain

Party Lines : Dance Music and the Making of Modern Britain by Ed Gillett

Author: Ed Gillett

£12.99

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Format:Paperback

Page Count:464

Date Published:9 May 2024

ISBN:9781529070651

Category:,

Synopsis

From the illicit reggae blues dances and acid-rock free festivals of the 1970s, through the ecstasy-fuelled Second Summer of Love in 1988 to the increasingly corporate dance music culture of the post-Covid era, Party Lines is a ground-breaking new history of UK dance music from journalist and filmmaker Ed Gillett, exploring its pivotal role in the social, political and economic shifts on which modern Britain has been built.

Taking in the Victorian moralism of the Thatcher years, the far-reaching restrictions of the Criminal Justice Act in 1994, and the resurgence of illegal raves during the Covid-19 pandemic, Party Lines charts an ongoing conflict, fought in basement clubs, abandoned warehouses and sunlit fields, between the revolutionary potential of communal sound and the reactionary impulses of the British establishment. Brought to life with stunning clarity and depth, this is social and cultural history at its most immersive, vital and shocking.

‘An excellent history of UK dance culture’ – The Sunday Times

‘Engrossing history’ – The Observer

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