From Ronnies to Ravers, Personal Situations in London Clubland.
Publisher: Countdown Books.
Authors: Stuart Deabill and Ian Snowball.
Louder Than War reviews From Ronnies to Ravers, Personal Situations in London Clubland, a new book which, with the people who lived it, focuses on over five decades of the ever-changing nature of clubbing in London.
Fancy a fascinating A-Z trip around London’s club land history? Then you’re in for a right treat as the authors who brought us the much acclaimed Personal Situations with The Jam return with their second book in the series.
From Ronnies to Ravers, Personal Situations in London Clubland is an amazing overview of a scene. The book not only draws on the history of the clubs and venues of the capital, but also on the music, fashions and, of course, the people who made them what they were. It spotlights these people, who relate some of their own treasured recollections of legendary hang outs, clubs and venues, such as the big band early jazz venue Ronnie Scott’s, the swinging 60s scene of Bag ‘O Nails, the tripped out madness of The UFO club, the classic rock ‘n’ roll gigs at The Marquee, Ministry of Sound and the dawn of rave, and many many more. In fact, pretty much every club that’s mattered at one time or another and that’s influenced the capital’s music scene, from the pub cellars to the super clubs of the ‘rave’ era, they’re all in there.
It’s that same love, enthusiasm and eye for detail that both authors Ian Snowball and Stuart Deabill put into Personal Situations with The Jam that’s again invested within the pages of this book, along with contributions from an array of figures from London’s club scene. Opening up with the perfect Foreword is club scene pioneer Norman Jay MBE. Other contributors include DJs Danny Rampling and David Holmes, Brit Pop’s Matt Priest from’Dodgy’, ex Dingwalls manager Mark Ellicott and of course authors Ian and Stuart themselves to name but a few. With a fantastic collection of contributors and wonderful writing Personal Situations in London Clubland produces what must be one of the most rounded, detailed and ‘real’ accounts on London club-culture to date, getting into the darkest nooks and cranny’s of the cities clubland and history. It’s a real page-turner and has to be essential reading for any fan of British music, fashion and of course UK and London club culture.
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