In the first of our Book of the Week, we got ourselves a copy of the Secret DJ: Book Two. If you are not familiar with The Secret DJ, he is an activist, artist and author of two bestselling books about club culture / electronic music and a long running monthly column in Mixmag, who through his unique narrative, perspective and reputation has built a hugely engaged and loyal community online, where every post or tweet is the start of a conversation. Both ‘The Secret DJ’ and ‘The Secret DJ: Book Two’ have sold several thousand copies and topped Amazon’s charts in electronic music books
They started DJing in the days of acid house and were a prototype ‘Superstar DJ’ in the 90s / early 00s, playing all over the world from Fabric to Space to Womb. They began the Secret DJ project as a platform for campaigning and writing and a rejection of the commercialisation of club culture, and they remain an extraordinary DJ.
Through four decades at the pointy end of dance music and club culture, the Secret DJ has seen it all. In this hilarious, gripping, and at times extremely moving follow-up to the smash hit first book, the mysterious insider pulls no punches, wryly lifting the lid on misbehaving stars, what really goes on backstage, how to survive in the DJ game, and where the real power lies in rave.
Most of all, they chart how capitalism bought and sold the utopian dreams of the Acid House generation – and whether those dreams can still be saved. Essential reading for anyone who cares about the dancefloor; past, present and future.