Superstar DJs Here We Go!: The Rise and Fall of the Superstar DJ

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Random House, Mar 5, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
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"It was about larging it. It was about pulling out a wad of 20s when you were buying your champagne at the bar. It was about buying your cocaine in an eight ball. It was about wearing designer clothes. At that top tier of that club scene, it was about giving it loads."

With a foreword by music journalist, Miranda Sawyer, Superstar DJs Here We Go! is the full, unexpurgated story of the biggest pop culture phenomenon of the 1990s: the rise and fall of the superstar DJ.

During the 1990s big names such as Sasha, Jeremy Healy, Fatboy Slim, Dave Seaman, Nicky Holloway, Judge Jules, and Pete Tong exploded out of acid house, becoming international jetsetters, flying all over the world just to play a few hours and commanding up to £140,000 a night. The plush, heavily branded 'superclubs' where they performed - clubs like Cream, Ministry, Renaissance and Gatecrasher - were filled with thousands of adoring clubbers, roaring their approval of their DJ gods.

For the DJs and promoters, it was a licence to print money and live like a rock star. For clubbers, it was a hedonistic utopia where anyone and everyone could come together to look fabulous, take drugs, and dance the night away. But underneath the shiny surface lurked a darker side, a world of cynical moneymaking, rampant egos and cocaine-fuelled self-indulgence that eventually spiralled out of control leaving behind burnt-out DJs, jobless promoters and a host of bittersweet memories.

They went from having the clubbing world at their feet to the world's biggest comedown. Dom Phillips - former editor of clubbers' bible Mixmag - reveals an enthralling and at times jaw-dropping account of flawed people, broken dreams and what really happens when it all goes Pete Tong.

  

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Contents

ForewordHere We Go By Miranda Sawyer
1
One The Restoration of Sasha to the North
8
Two Promised Land
34
ThreeMad Mane Sparrow and the Son of God
59
Seven Nothings Going to Touch You in These Golden Years
182
A Tale
214
Largin It
249
TenPost Traumatic Set Disorder
279
Eleven What Goes Up Must Come Down
306
Twelve The Millennium Meltdown
332
Present Day
369

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About the author (2009)

Dom Phillips has been involved in dance music since 1988. He was editor of clubbers' bible MixMag throughout its 1990s heyday, and since worked as a freelance writer for publications as diverse as the Guardian, Observer Life, The Face, The Big Issue, Q, Arena and was for two years style columnist for the Independent on Sunday. He has also made a number of documentaries for Channel 4 and for Radio 1.

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