Party Lines

Ed Gillett

09 May 2024
9781529070651
464 pages

Synopsis

'An excellent history of UK dance culture' The Sunday Times
'Engrossing history'The Observer

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 groundbreaking 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.

The politics of dancing expertly laid bare . . . [an] excellent history of UK dance culture.
A fascinating deep dive into dance music's uneasy relationship with the establishment.
Engrossing history . . . a wide and deep undertaking