Publication Date: 03/08/2023 ISBN: 9781529070644 Category:

Party Lines

Ed Gillett

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publication Date: 03/08/2023 ISBN: 9781529070644 Category:




‘A deep, engrossing history’ The Observer
‘A fascinating deep dive’ Jeremy Deller

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, 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.


‘Excellent’ The Sunday Times
‘Reminds us why the dance floor matters . . . fascinating’ Telegraph

Publisher Review

Party Lines is valuable social history, the politics of dancing expertly laid bare. * Sunday Times * A fascinating deep dive into dance music's uneasy relationship with the establishment. * Jeremy Deller * A truly thrilling journey through the politics, culture and successive social revolutions of British dance music: a landmark book, and a reminder that the dancefloor is always political. * Dan Hancox * A passionately argued and intensively researched addition to the ever-evolving narrative of UK dance music culture. * Matthew Collin * A deeply-researched and engaging new understanding of the interwoven soundtrack to the turbulence of modern Britain. -- Luke Turner, author of Out of the Woods and Men at War

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