The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop

Ed Gillett – Party Lines: Dance Music and the Making of Modern Britain

Date: 15th September
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Tetbury Goods Shed Arts Centre

Why are the authorities so keen to stop the young having fun? Party Lines helps answer that question. It is a buzzing, restless, bolshy, passionate book about the politics and history of dancing. It looks at the history of dance music in the UK since the 1980s, and explores its role in the social, political and economic shifts over that time. Brought to life with stunning clarity and depth, this is social and cultural history at its most immersive and vital.

From the illicit reggae blues dances and acid-rock dance music festivals of the 1970s to the ecstasy-fuelled Second Summer of Love in 1988, how have we arrived at the increasingly corporate music culture of the post-Covid era?

Author Ed Gillett is a writer and film-maker whose highly-acclaimed documentary work and writing have appeared on the BBC, Channel 4, The Guardian, Frieze, DJ Mag and many others. He will be in conversation with Matt Thorne, a novelist, lecturer and author of the definitive biography of Prince.