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Dave Haslam: Life Ater Dark

Dave Haslam will mark the release of his new book with a launch event at Manchester’s new Home venue.

The event, on Sunday, August 16, will feature a panel of guests and a surprise live performance.

Guests on the ‘Life After Dark’ launch event include Bruce Mitchell (Durutti Column), Kath McDermott (Flesh/HomoElectric), Graeme Park (Hacienda) and Pete Wylie (Wah!).

The book, named  ‘Life After Dark: A History of British Nightclubs & Music Venues’, celebrates how nightclubs and music venues are often the source of a lifetime’s music taste, best friends, and vivid memories.

Dave explains how they can define a town, a city, or a generation, and breed scenes and bands that change music history.

The book takes us from vice-ridden Victorian dance halls to acid house and beyond; through the jazz decades of luxurious ballrooms to mods in basement dives and the venues that nurtured the Beatles, the Stones, and the Sex Pistols; from psychedelic light shows to high street discos; from Hammersmith Palais to the Hacienda; from the Krays to the Slits; and from reggae sound systems to rave nights in Stoke.

Stories in the book include a venue named after a mongoose; a disco that became a Tesco and an old bingo hall where the Prodigy played for £60.

The book also discovers where Robert Plant met John Bonham, and where a singer killed a heckler. We meet one of the gangsters who nearly destroyed Manchester’s nightlife; and discuss goth clubs in Leeds with David Peace.

It will be published by Simon & Schuster on August 13.

The event starts at 8pm, and advance tickets cost £7.

It will be followed by a book signing, and DJs in the groundfloor bar, until 10.30pm.

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