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                    The expanded and revised edition of "Energy Flash" has been updated to include twenty-first-century developments like dub step and EDM's recent takeover of America. Author of the acclaimed postpunk history "Rip It Up" and "Start Again", Reynolds became a rave convert in the early nineties.

                    He experienced first-hand the scene's drug-fuelled rollercoaster of euphoria and darkness. He danced at Castlemorton, the illegal 1992 mega-rave that sent spasms of anxiety through the Establishment and resulted in the Criminal Justice and Public Order Bill. Mixing personal reminiscence with interviews and ultra-vivid description of the underground's ever-changing sounds as they mutated under the influence of MDMA and other drugs, "Energy Flash" is the definitive chronicle of electronic dance culture.

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                                                        From the mid-1940s until his death in 1979, Charles Mingus created an unparalleled body of recorded work, most of which remains available in the 21st century. While there have been several volumes devoted to Mingus' colourful and tumultuous life, this is the first book in the English language to be devoted fully to the matter of his music. Jazz fans, as well as musicians and music students who would like a better understanding of Mingus' complex, often difficult music, can find here a complete, chronologically arranged listener's guide to all of Mingus' legitimate recordings, from the 78s he recorded in Los Angeles and San Francisco in the mid-1940s, to the legendary albums he made for Columbia, Candid, Atlantic, and his own labels. In the process of providing these in-depth examinations, Jenkins also corrects common errors and clears away old misconceptions about certain of Mingus' records.

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                                                          Introductory essay is by Tim Lawrence, author of the seminal music books: 'Life and Death on The New York Dance Floor',‘Love Saves the Day: A History of American dance music culture, 1970-79’ and ‘Hold on to your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973-92’.

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                                                          These wild years of voguing and the house ballroom scene are vividly captured at its height in hundreds of amazing, previously unpublished photographs. A visual riot of fashion, gender, polysexuality and subversive style, Voguing and the House Ballroom Scene of New York 1989-92 is also a fascinating and timely document on sexuality and race.

                                                          In 2018 a new American TV drama series, Ryan Murphy's POSE premiered, set in the Voguing and House Ballroom world.

                                                          Photographer Chantal Regnault lived in New York between 1989-92, photographing the hidden and underground Voguing and House Ballroom Scene at its height – the book features the dancers Willi Ninja, Jose and Luis Xtravaganza (who all worked with Madonna) – LEGENDARY ‘mothers’ of the gay and transgender world – Avis Pendavis, Peppa LaBeija, Carmen Xtravaganza, Dorian Corey, Paris Dupree and more.


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                                                          "Photographer Chantal Regnault immersed herself in the Voguing scene with passion, accumulating a treasure trove of unpublished photographs now gathered in this book. A beautiful subversive and rare document but also a sociological testimony of a musical movement undeniably linked to sexual and cultural identity." PARIS VOGUE

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                                                          "This photography book captures all the fierce shade-throwing, catwalk-walking competition of gay ballroom culture in the 1980s ... 10,10,10." GAY TIMES

                                                          Read Quietus feature here

                                                          Read Guardian interview with Chantal Regnault here

                                                          See Guardian photo gallery here

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