Authors: Stuart Deabill
and Ian Snowball
Dimensions: 234mm x 155mm
Price: £9.99 (+ p&p)
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From Ronnie’s to Ravers is an original book that documents some of London’s best known and favourite clubs. It also shines a spot-light on the clubs that have made the biggest impact and gained worldwide reputations- such as the Wag, the 100 Club and Global Village and as well as the individual nights such as Special Branch, Talking Loud and Saying Nothing and UFO. The book includes interviews and personal memoirs from some of the people that experienced London’s clubbing scene from any of the decades since the 1950’s. These contributors include DJ’s, musicians, door staff, club managers and even a dealer. But the majority of the contributors are simply clubbers-everyday folk who helped make London’s club scene so important to so many people.
From Ronnie’s to Raver’s also includes sections on the other parts of the puzzle that make the whole picture and so dips into the subjects covering drug usage, fashion and crime. There are mini features-snap shots on some of the most influential clubs such as Ronnie Scott’s, Flamingo, the Scene Club, Dingwalls, Shoom and Clinks -each reflecting a new generation of clubber with their own unique style, music and often choice of drug.
The book also includes a candid and insightful foreword from DJ Norman Jay and a selection of photographs that capture snap-shots of fifty years of clubbing in the nation’s capital. The book doesn’t attempt to cover every London club nor does it claim to be the definitive book on the subject. It is though an exciting read that intends to remind the reader what a fantastic thrill clubbing in London has been to so many people.
‘I guess clubbing has changed me in a way that’s hopefully for the better. For over thirty five years I have watched and been a part of the evolution and progression of London club culture. I like its uniqueness, it’s uniquely London and it’s uniquely British and it has never been closed to other influences and this is what makes it great. Our London street culture is unlike any other place in the world, and this why London has the best club culture in the world.’ NORMAN JAY