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Electronic dance music was once the utopian frontier of pop culture. But three decades after the acid house 'summer of love', it has gone from subculture to the global mainstream. Does it still have the same power to inspire? From the pleasure palaces of Ibiza and Las Vegas to 'new frontiers' like Shanghai and Dubai, raving is now a multi-million-dollar business. But there are still hardcore believers upholding its DIY ethos - the techno idealists of Berlin and Detroit and the queer subcults of New York, the post-apartheid party people of South Africa and the outlaw techno travellers of France. For Rave On, Matthew Collin travelled the world to experience these unique scenes first-hand, talked to the key players and heard the story of how dance culture went global - and found out whether its maverick spirit has survived its own success. Matthew Collin is the author of Altered State, the story of acid house and rave culture in Britain. He has worked as a foreign correspondent for the BBC, Al Jazeera and Agence France-Presse, and as editor for i-D magazine, the Time Out website, the Big Issue and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. He has also written for many newspapers and magazines, including the Guardian, the Observer, Mixmag, The Wire and Mojo. He is the author of several other critically-acclaimed books - Pop Grenade, This is Serbia Calling and The Time of the Rebels. JUSTIN TURFORD: As half of Truth & Lies Music, Justin Turford is a regular contributor to Rough Trade Nottingham as both a DJ and event organiser. He also releases music and DJs under the moniker Ex-Friendly. Justin came of age at the birth of the Free Party movement, worked in clubs like the legendary Blue Note in Hoxton, and for independent music distributor SRD. He knows the difference between House and Garage. He also writes regularly for the Truth & Lies blog about international music and culture.Read More
The start of a new year often inspires a bout of soul searching as we try to divine what will give us purpose over coming months - what might draw us from under the duvet of a dark morning. For some, this silent enquiry entails a stroll, or hike, in nature; a spell in the great outdoors from which-we imagine-we'll emerge at peace with ourselves and the world. Yet as anyone who's attempted such a thing knows well, it's never quite that simple. And still, we persist. So what drives man into forest or woman into the wilderness? Is it possible to 'find oneself' while exploring a landscape? And how does a sojourn in the natural world affect the human psyche? Join us as we discuss these topics and more at our second Quo Vadis Salon.Read More
The Debut Fiction Showcase is a quarterly event celebrating some of the best and brightest new literary talent, handpicked by our expert booksellers at Waterstones Gower Street. Join us on February 15th for gin & tonics, canapes and literary merrimentas our compere, Gower Street's Elizabeth Morris, introduces four exciting new novelists making their debuts this Spring: Jessie Greengrass, Kerry Andrew, Emma Glass and Abi Andrews.Read More

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