Friday, April 23, 2010

My Acid House Record Box 103 - Record Covers

You'd hear any or all these tracks at any of the warehouse parties of 1988/89/90 Most of my vinyl is gathering dust with the advent of MP3 but you cant beat the audio weight of a vinyl track...

Sunday, April 18, 2010

My Acid House Record Box 102

I've always loved collecting music and tend to play most genres although of late I listen to chill out music.  Acid House is a general term i use to describe an entire movement, this includes all the elements which formulate a new trend. The fashion, lifestyle and where would any budding subculture be without the music. I was never a DJ or wanted to be one but i was an avid collector of music and sought out such beats in the way a professional DJ would for music to play in his set. Yes, over the years I've lived around the world dragging my hefty vinyl collection from one continent to the next and sadly lost some along the way.  They've been sitting in storage for while until i grabbed them to scan some covers. More coming...

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Class of 88 - The True Acid House Experience - Special Edition


The SPECIAL EDITION PAPERBACK has been totally rewritten and contains over 100 new pages. Read the material the original brave publisher Virgin thought too controversial to publish and so the work was censored. Virgin wasn't to blame in this matter as the market and public opinion holds great sway within such a reputable company. Virgin had taken a bold step when publishing the book and so must be admired for their courage. The Special Edition delves even deeper into the mind of a man on the very front-line of Acid House and the evolving youth culture which had spawned a new generation.The Acid House generation in the UK had to literally fight for their right to party and Genesis'88 were amongst the few large scale organisations that were prepared to do exactly that, if and when required. The government and media declared the party promoters Public Enemy Number One which resulted in zero-tolerance approaches from police riot squads around the country hyped up by stories of underage drug abuse, animal cruelty, rape and organised crime. Wayne says 'the battle plans were drafted and the Generals deployed for a full-frontal attack on youth culture'.

The only thing that stood between completely crushing Acid House and the Army of One was party promoters such as Wayne Anthony and Genesis'88. Read his story and remember it as if you were there in person. This is a roller-coaster ride that touches upon their successes, techniques, kidnappings and police confrontations. Wayne Anthony and partners lived out their dreams through Acid House making over one million pounds in a matter of months...'I thought it was really frank and truthful, and i myself would have loved to have done and achieved what you have. You can proudly call yourself one of the pioneers of dance culture. As Im sure you'll agree, ecstasy and dance culture has become a world wide language for the under 30's - Lex'



'I read Class of '88 a few years ago whilst lying on a beach in Ibiza (Excellent).  I've misplaced the book and am trying to get hold of it again but it seems to be out of print' Kat

'I just want to say your book is one of the best books I have ever read in the whole world. I really praise and look up to all you original acid house ravers. You really are amazing special people and I buzz every-time I read your book' Justin Bahia

'I read your book a year ago after a friend in the soundsystem loaned me it.  As the main organiser of our parties i read it avidly to see what i could learn and also to hear you guys used to do it. I must admit i was mightily impressed by the teamwork that went on then.  It certainly dwarfs the efforts of many of today's underground systems' Pankster

'I read class 88 a while ago and passed it on to other revellers all have seamed to have enjoyed it. But your ending do you really feel that you would not do things the same way?' Stephen Barton


'Your book is wikkid, and still one of my favourites. It's been passed around all my mates - including one friend who hasn't read a book since his school days and he loved it! respect due' Bugs!

'i feel people like you that basically shaped the scene worldwide deserve all the props you get' Pukka

'I love it! I started reading it on Friday night and ended up staying up all night to finish it ... it's wicked, you're a v. good storyteller. It's fantastic, it really is. 11 out of 10 and a gold star for you, young man!' Emma Keyne ( - Editor)

'I read that book mate, quality book' DJ DeCreator

'Got to thank the promoters like yourself for changing my life forever was the best years of my life and the memories never go away' Leigh Kilby

'Just to say that your book (Class of 88) was totally wicked and brought back some great memories. I could talk about them for hours on end' Steven Chassaigne

'Big up your status. You guys along with Sunrise, NRG, and Biology are like my all time heroes' Fused Pirates

'I would like to subscribe as I had a copy of the book as soon as it come out but lent it to someone and never got it back (gutted) my own fault' Paul Start

'i purchased your book class of 88''(the acid house experience)about a two or so years ago, might even have been longer, it was the only book i ever read in one evening, couldn't put it down' Smuff's Dick

'Its people like you who don't get the respect and publicity that DJ's might get' Travis Beckett

'This book turned back time for me as I went to all the genesis raves, and believe me this was exactly how it was. I thought the book was well written, and is the only real to life book which I have read where I actually felt like I was there. ' Reminiscing......, Reviewer: A reader from London, England

'The BOLLOCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, Well finally somebody has written a REAL life account of the true acid house experience. I'd like to thank Wayne Anthony for his effort put in doing these parties. I wish I could remember it but as the press keep saying " XTC affects the short term memory ".' Reviewer: A reader from Hull

'I read your book about 3 years ago really enjoyed it, keep meaning to buy the one you did about Ibiza. Keep up the good work' Kirsty

'Read the book last year mate, quality read got it in an HMV 2 for £10 with Bez's book. Both very enlightening!' Hilty

'Wayne - I read your book a while back now - you are a Legend !!!' Mr Rouse

'Just like to say that i read your book, and thought it made a great read. I myself was only 10 in 1989, but my brother was at all the early genesis parties. I thought it was really frank and truthful, and i myself would have loved to have done and achieved what you have. You can proudly call yourself one of the pioneers of dance culture' Lex


LSD Magazine - Issue 2 - Booting off Doors (Acid House Special) Online Version

We're already working on ISSUE 4 but thought we'd treat the Acid House Masses to another round (ISSUE 2)… You can now read the entire magazine online…Enjoy interviews from the likes of

Acid House (USA)

Farley Jackmaster Funk / Kevin Saunderson / CeCe Rogers  / Tyree Cooper 
DJ Pierre / Mr Fingers / Jesse Saunders / Marshall Jefferson  /

Acid House (UK)

Wayne Anthony (Class of 88) / Mark Moore / TinTin  (Energy) / DJ Micky Finn / Ernesto (Our Cultural History) / Charlie C / MC Chalky White / Dominic Spreadlove  / Gordon Mason / Pops

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Acid House Books - Buy Here 102

Pump Up the Volume: A History of House Music

Features: Wayne Anthony (Class of 88)

Pump Up the Volume tells the story of the social and cultural explosion that was House. From its roots in Chicago, where it rose from the ashes of Disco, House music became the soundtrack to every fashion show, after–show party, premiere, and club opening around the world. Today, House is used by leading mainstream music stars, from Madonna to U2, to break into new markets and to update their sound. In fact, House has influenced more artists than any style since rock ‘n’ roll. Pump Up the Volume follows the story from Chicago and New York to Britain, interviewing key players on both sides of the Atlantic. It also considers the social impact of House—a sound that has transcended class, race, and cultural boundaries to become the soundtrack of modern popular culture.

The Rough Guide to House Music

Rough Guides presents a unique, pocket handbook to the world's most incessant dancefloor groove, featuring all the key players and hottest labels from the music's disco roots and Chicago birth, to its Acid House manifestation and world-wide diversification. Focuses on the origins of the music and its central sub-genres: acid house, garage, deep house, and progressive house. Includes career biographies of more than 160 producers, artists and DJs, and discographies for each entry, reviewing the best available on vinyl and CD. Black-and-white photos.

House Music - The Real Story Jesse Saunders

Jesse Saunders’ story is one of the most important in the history of popular culture. From his hometown of Chicago, Jesse created the first original House music record and launched the House music movement across the land. Eventually, his style of music would come to sell millions of records and CDs, take over the popular consciousness of millions of kids across the earth and cement the electronic revolution in music. Written with author James Cummins, this autobiography tells the story of how it all happened. From the streets of Chicago to the biggest music labels in Los Angeles, California, it follows Jesse Saunders as he recreates the musical landscape of America. Touching on the celebrity culture of the 1980s and ’90s and into the twenty-first century, you will read many shocking things about some of your favorite artists. Jesse Saunders is an artist whose influence on modern music will never be forgotten.

Second Summer of Love: United Kingdom, Acid House

Second Summer of Love: United Kingdom, Acid House

High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The Second Summer of Love is a name given to the period in 1988-89 in Britain, during the rise of Acid House music and the euphoric explosion of unlicensed ecstasy-fuelled rave parties. The term generally refers to the summers of both 1988 and 1989 when electronic dance music and the prevalence of the drug ecstasy fuelled an explosion in youth culture culminating in mass free parties and the era of the rave. LSD was also widely available and popular again[citation needed]. The music of this era fused dance beats with a psychedelic, 1960s flavour, and the dance culture drew parallels with the hedonism and freedom of the Summer of Love in San Francisco two decades earlier. Similarities with the Sixties included fashions such as Tie-dye. The smiley logo is synonymous with this period in the UK.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Acid House Books - Buy Here 101

Raving'89 - Neville & Gavin Watson

Acid House exploded in London and Manchester in 1988; then in 1989 the whole of the UK went raving. Raving '89 takes you through a year of suburban raves as seen through the eyes of former skinheads Neville and Gavin Watson, with 200 images that capture the essence of this explosive year: grimy warehouses, lasers, phones the size of bricks, general mayhem and more than a few crimes against fashion.

 Once in a LifeTime - Jane Bussmann

A nostalgic look at Acid House and the dance and social culture that spawned it. The book sees the key to Acid House as fun, and presents a year-by-year celebration of the decade in anecdotal style.

Altered State - Matthew Collins

Journalists Collin and Godfrey have written a fascinating, compelling account of youth culture in conservative Britain during the last decade. They begin with a brief history of the dual elements at the center of the culture: the spacy version of disco known as acid house and the drug Ecstasy. After setting the stage, they describe the migration of unemployed British youths to the island of Ibiza off Spain, where the culture began, and the transplanting of the Ibiza experience to British clubs. Chronicling the spread of acid house and Ecstasy through large parties called raves, the authors explain the movement as a reaction of disillusioned, lower-class youths against a conservative British mainstream. Collin and Godfrey examine the downfall of the drug-based counterculture owing to gang-police violence and Ecstasy-induced deaths and discuss the mainstream commercialization of the hedonistic dance culture into a #1.8 ($2.8) billion industry. This well-written social history will become a standard for those wanting to understand British youth culture and music.?David P. Szatmary, Univ. of Washington, Seattle Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

E, The Incredibly Strange history of Ecstasy - Tim Pilcher

"I finally grasped viscerally why the music was made the way it was; how certain tingly textures goosepimpled your skin and particular oscillator riffs triggered the E-rush.... Finally, I understood ecstasy as a sonic science. And it became even clearer that the audience was the star." British-born Spin magazine senior editor Reynolds (Blissed Out; coauthor, The Sex Revolts) offers a revved-up, detailed and passionate history and analysis of the throbbing transcontinental set of musics and cultures known as rave, covering its brightly morphing family tree from Detroit techno and Chicago house to Britain's 1988 "summer of love," on through London jungle and the German avant-garde to the current warehouse parties and turntables of Europe and America. One chapter explains, cogently, the pleasures and effects of the drug Ecstasy (MDMA, or "E"), without which rave would never have evolved; others describe the roles of the DJ, the remix and pirate radio, the "trance" and "ambient" trends of the early 1990s, the rise and fall of would-be stars, the impact of other drugs and the proliferation of current club "subsubgenres." Assuming no prior knowledge in his readers, Reynolds mixes social history, interviews with participants and scene-makers and his own analyses of the sounds, saturating his prose with the names of key places, tracks, groups, scenes and artists. Reynolds prefers and champions the less intellectual, more anonymous and dance-crazed parts of the rave galaxy, "from the most machinic forms of house... through... bleep-and-bass, breakbeat house, Belgian hardcore, jungle, gabba, street garage and big beat." If you don't know what those terms mean, here's how to find out. Two eight-page b&w photo inserts and a discography.  Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Counterculture Through the Ages: From Abraham to Acid House
Ken Goffman and Dan Joy

Although typically defining themselves in opposition to dominant cultures--hence the name--countercultures through history have more in common with each other than previously supposed. In fact, argues this book, breaking with tradition is itself a longstanding tradition, distinguished by Promethean antiauthority impulses, often accompanied by some sort of libertine humanism and individualism (although often conflicted about the merits of technology). Less a history of movements than of moments, Goffman's narrative hits Socrates and Sufism, among select others, en route to a more detailed parsing of the various countercultural moments of the twentieth century; at times, it reads reminiscent of an old-fashioned intellectual history, mapping influences catalyzed in heady Paris or Haight-Ashbury. Yet Goffman steers clear of overtheorizing, keeps readers hooked with hip contemporary comparisons (declaring Calvin Coolidge the Reagan of the early 1900s, for example), and, for decorum's sake, keeps his evident zeal for certain figures (Timothy Leary, for example, a posthumous contributor to this book) more or less in check. Always engaging, often inspiring, and certainly not just for nostalgic boomers. Brendan Driscoll
Copyright © American Library Association.

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Acid House Party Guide - The Meeting Point 1989

Written by Wayne Anthony (Genesis'88 / Class of 88)

Ensure the meet is a good distance away from the actual venue. In some cases the meeting point could be up to ten miles away. In these cases a planned route must be constructed that can guide traffic through the channels promoters want them to use. These points are very important and must not be lost to law enforcement. It’s the Point Team’s job too enforce the terms and conditions laid down by promoters.

7A Make sure the designated meets can withstand thousands of cars without causing a nuisance too other road users.

7B Control must be maintained at the meeting points so requires a person (s) that can galvanise the crowd and keep them under a leash. The Point Team must stamp their authority immediately and make themselves known to members. In some cases a speech may be necessary too capture their imagination.

7C Dangerous driving can not be tolerated and must not be encouraged. Provide members with suitable rules of engagement through various mediums including radio commercials.

7D Members must park in the allocated spaces provided by car parks or the Point Team.

7E The Point Team must provide members with straight forward directions to venues. In some cases maps will be given to everyone at the meeting points and in other cases members will be lead in convoy to venue.

7F The Point Team must not allow law enforcement officers to contain members by blocking roads. Immediate action must be taken and the venue address should be released (or another predetermined meeting point depending on crowd size).

7G Point Team must ensure clear passage for members once the venue address has been broadcast. This could mean taking control of main roads by directing traffic manually.

7H If any Point Team member gets arrested, they should assume the persona of a very low level worker that gets paid peanuts. No names No statement No chitchat.

7I Print or write large signs that read ‘Genesis Meeting Point’ for use in emergency.

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