Class of 88

Class of 88 Find the Warehouse, Lose the Hitmen, Pump the Beats

Updated edition

Paperback (22 Mar 2018) | English

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Synopsis


Organised crime puts on a smiley face.

When the Summer of Love hit Britain in '88, Wayne embraced the bright new world of dance music, MDMA and all-night celebrations. But alongside the ecstasy, his natural East End entrepreneurial instincts kicked in, and he began to organise the infamous Genesis dance parties for thousands of kids. Wayne soon became a key figure in the high octane, technicolour rave scene.

But beneath the shiny, smiley surfaces, he quickly found himself in a vicious world of violence, police harassment and organised crime, for which he was totally unsuited and unprepared. He was beaten by ex-paratroopers, menaced by gangsters, kidnapped, confronted with sawn off shotguns and threatened with murder, all so Britain could party like never before.

When Class of '88 was first published, it was so popular that Foyles dedicated an entire window to the book for a month. Now, re-issued for the 30th anniversary, this is Wayne's very lively, highly individual account of the two years he spent as an illegal party promoter, leading the rave revolution which was sweeping the UK, changing lives, music and popular culture forever.

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Book information

ISBN: 9780753552124
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Imprint: Virgin Books
Pub date:
Edition: Updated edition
DEWEY: 306.1094109048
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xvi, 318
Weight: 232g
Height: 197mm
Width: 127mm
Spine width: 21mm