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Fierce Dancing: Adventures in the Underground
It began with a small band of Hippies, clinging to the remnants of their summer festivals. Next came Punk, with its culture of anger and rejection. After that Rave, and everyone just wanted to dance and take drugs again. But when the Criminal Justice Act came along, Auntie Britain was seen as a kindly guardian no longer. Hippie idealism, punk anarchism, rave organization a ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 1st 1997 by Faber & Faber
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Not quite enough dancing and musick - a how to would have been welcome. A saturnine, slightly jaundiced view of the 1980s counterculture. Essential reading, the author surely right to say "The Battle of the Beanfield" is one event that should never be forgotten, especially the unholy alliance of the police, the government, English Heritage and The National Trust.
important history of free festivals of early 90s. Some colour of the dancing scene. A couple of powerful descriptions of the counter culture's place in society. Lively writing. But in structure and focus, the book is as shambolic as the people it critiques. Much about what the author had for breakfast.
Born in 1953, CJ Stone just missed the height of the UK counterculture of the 1960s, and in the 1970s and 1980s he remained somewhat on the periphery of the later alternative scenes described in such books as McKay's Senseless Act of Beauty (essential pre-reading for anyone interested in Stone's work who is from outside the UK). However, he has a keen interest in Britain's hippies, travellers, neo-Pagans, and underground music fans, and his interactions with people from these scenes is the subje ...more
Fantastic read. If you were one of those people in the late eightees or early ninetees dancing all night with your shirt of bug eyed and hugging strangers this is a MUST READ. Highly entertaining and revealing look at UK E culture from back in the day when pills were £20 and gave you a euphoric and loved up high that would last all night and people were nice to eachother.
CJ Stone wrote a column for the Guardian Weekend from 1993 till 1998. It was called Housing Benefit Hill and won the writer much acclaim. He has also written columns for the Big Issue, for Mixmag, for Radio 4’s The Afternoon Shift, for Prediction magazine and for Kindred Spirit, as well as writing regularly for the New Statesman and the Independent on Sunday, amongst others. Currently he writes a ...moreMore about C.J. Stone