Bristol, Britain (UK)
Spannered Books is a new indie press out of Bristol, England. Our first release is 'SPANNERED', a book about freaks, friends and free-parties - out now! www.spanneredbooks.com
Reviews for 'SPANNERED':
"A vivid and lucid account of the urban squat party experience from the inside... this is the real deal... Like a pumped up and glorious U.K. version of Hunter S. Thompson’s ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’, we are taken on a 48 hour odyssey of a weekend out ’ ‘avin it ‘ to euphoric, pounding techno, in a dirty warehouse, fuelled by a potent cocktail of the strongest party drugs and psychedelics known to man... At times hilarious, occasionally scary, this little novella captures succinctly the feelings of spirited rebelliousness, euphoric tenderness, and crazed abandon of the underground party scene... This is the story of the real 90’s ecstasy revolution." Chris Liberator (Stay Up Forever/ Cluster)
"This is an intense and accurate portrayal of the free party scene in the UK in the mid-90’s and contains some of the best depictions of raves that I’ve ever read." Freepartypeople.wordpress.com
"Love it... It put me right back to the days when I was doing exactly the same thing in London 1995. A really fun read , with some great visual descriptions of the weirdest moments." D.A.V.E. the Drummer (Hydraulix/ Pounding Grooves)
"...its evocative descriptions will echo with anybody who has been to free parties anywhere or anytime then or since. It's all there - the highs, the lows, the intense friendships, the casualties, the transformation of some derelict zone into a temporary playground... And of course the music. Writing about music without lyrics is notoriously difficult, but the author has a real sense of the physical impact of a snare, a kick drum or a blast of 303 on the bodies of dancers. Especially the latter - it's all about the acid..." History-is-made-at-night.blogspot.co.uk
"This is the first book I have not put down till I finished it in a very long time. Absolutely f-ing marvellous! Totally gripped me and bang I was at the party. Totally nailed it... and an awesome soundtrack." DJ Simmer (Shimmy/ Problem Child)
You can find a link to a free preview chapter at spanneredbooks.com.
Paperbacks are available though our website, and from Foyles, Waterstones, Housmans, & many independent book and record shops.
There is also a Kindle version, available via Amazon.
"Here comes the noise.
It creeps up on us, quietly at first, attracting people out of the shadows, inviting us to make this derelict space a dancefloor. The volume reaches a gratifyingly loud level and I realize that this really is going to happen, this is really going to go off.
The music has caught the masses. It sounds vaguely like a distant choir, like a snatch of sweet, sharp voices sampled and made strange, and as it flows into its simple rhythm the crowd begins to gather and sway..."