Clubland UK

Author: Steven McLaughlin
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1780577230
Format: PDF
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Clubland UK is a story of violent men and the worlds they inhabit. At the height of the hedonistic ’90s rave era, Steven McLaughlin policed some of Blackpool’s busiest seafront clubs on chaotic nights, as the virulent dance and drug craze exploded onto the scene. From the front line, he witnessed the dark underbelly of clubland culture and the predatory menace lurking beneath the smiley-face T-shirts, pilled-up clubbers and frantically waving arms. He saw people revel in it; he saw people excel in it; he saw people profit in it; and he saw people suffer in it. Because sometimes being ‘a face’ in clubland demands the highest price of all. From small-town gyms to big-time steroid dealers, from martial-arts myths to back-alley fights, door wars and gang grudges in Britain's gaudiest seaside town, Clubland UK is a story that takes the reader into a twilight world where testosterone, brotherhood, ego and a warrior mentality all collide in a bruising mess. This book is a must-read trip into the dark side of the dance decade, a roller-coaster ride of pills and blood-spilling thrills, where agony and ecstasy co-exist in a blurred neon blaze.

Clubland

Author: Frank Owen
Publisher: Three Rivers Press (CA)
ISBN: 0767917359
Format: PDF, Kindle
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An investigation into the underworld of 1990s nightclubs profiles a young Mafioso who partied with celebrities before he was arrested for murder, a drug dealer who become an informer to avoid imprisonment, and a powerful Manhattan overlord. Reprint.

Squaddie

Author: Steven McLaughlin
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1780572026
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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From the harsh realities of basic training to post-war chaos in Iraq and knife-edge tension in Northern Ireland, Squaddie takes us to a place not advertised in army recruitment brochures. It exposes the grim reality of everyday soldiering for the 'grunts on the ground'. After the tragic death of his brother, and in the dark days following 9/11, McLaughlin felt compelled to fulfil his lifelong ambition to serve in the army. He followed his late brother into the elite Royal Green Jackets and passed the arduous Combat Infantryman's Course at the age of 31. Thereafter, McLaughlin found himself submerged in a world of casual violence. Squaddie is a snapshot of infantry soldiering in the twenty-first century. It takes us into the heart of an ancient institution that is struggling to retain its tough traditions in a rapidly changing world. All of the fears and anxieties that the modern soldier carries as his burden are laid bare, as well as the occasional joys and triumphs that can make him feel like he is doing the best job in the world. This is an account of army life by someone who has been there and done it.

King of Clubs

Author: Terry Turbo
Publisher: Platinum Pictures London Limited
ISBN: 1783017759
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Terry Turbo gave ten million clubbers a good time, every time. From humble beginnings working in a McDonalds fast food restaurant to handing out flyers and selling rave tickets within the UK rave scene, he built up the country's biggest dance music empire, starting and running One Nation, Dreamscape, Rave Nation and Garage Nation - for a decade, he played host to more than 25,000 clubbers every week, all over the World. "King of Clubs...Sex, Drugs and Thugs" is Terry's no-holds barred tale of the sex, drugs and violence that became part of his everyday life. He has mixed with dozens of celebrities and gangsters - the book is littered with names as diverse as Tom Jones, Alesha Dixon, Kano, Robert Lindsay, Howard Marks, Julian Clary, Tamara Beckwith, Puff Daddy, The So Solid Crew, Dizzy Rascal, Shane Ritchie, Estelle, Miss Dynamite and various legendary faces from the Underworld and the Italian Mafia - he has been involved in life threatening situations fought off gunmen and lived a life of champagne hedonism that few can dream of. After selling his club interests in 2003 he is now concentrating on a new career in Hollywood under his real name Terry Stone as an Actor and Producer. Terry's inside story will be a must-read for millions clubbers who he so royally entertained and for anyone who is still clubbing today and wants to know how the club scene started and what really goes on behind the dancing, flashing lights and loud music.

Blackpool Rock

Author: Steve Sinclair
Publisher: Milo Books Ltd
ISBN:
Format: PDF, Mobi
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To the police he was Public Enemy Number One. To drunken gangs of yobs intent on trouble, he was a nightmare come true. Steve Sinclair was the toughest doorman in the wildest resort in Britain - and if you crossed him, payback was swift and certain. Blackpool, once a byword for cheeky family fun, was by the 1980s a violent town plagued by lager louts, drug dealers and villains intent on muscling in on the lucrative club trade. Sinclair worked the biggest clubs and the roughest doors. He and his associates fought hundreds of battles against football hooligans, gang members and rival hardmen. They were also branded gangsters and were blamed by the police for serious unsolved crimes. Described by On The Doors magazine as 'a compelling, gripping and fascinating tale', THE BLACKPOOL ROCK is a candid insight into the dangerous world of the modern doorman and of the extreme methods he sometimes employs to defend himself and his customers and uphold his hard-won reputation.

Luxury and Pleasure in Eighteenth Century Britain

Author: Maxine Berg
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0199272085
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Luxury and Pleasure in Eighteenth-Century Britain explores the invention, making, and buying of new, semi-luxury, and fashionable consumer goods during the eighteenth century. It follows these goods, from china tea ware to all sorts of metal ornaments such as candlesticks, cutlery, buckles, and buttons, as they were made and shopped for, then displayed in the private domestic settings of Britain's urban middling classes. It tells the stories and analyses the developmentsthat led from a global trade in Eastern luxuries beginning in the sixteenth century to the new global trade in British-made consumer goods by the end of the eighteenth century.These new products, regarded as luxuries by the rapidly growing urban and middling-class people of the eighteenth century, played an important part in helping to proclaim personal identities,and guide social interaction. Customers enjoyed shopping for them; they took pleasure in their beauty, ingenuity or convenience. All manner of new products appeared in shop windows; sophisticated mixed-media advertising seduced customers and created new wants. This unparalleled 'product revolution' provokedphilosophers and pundits to proclaim a 'new luxury', one that reached out to the middling and trading classes, unlike the elite and corrupt luxury of old.Luxury and Pleasure in Eighteenth-Century Britain is cultural history at its best, built on a fresh empirical base drawn directly from customs accounts, advertising material, company papers, and contemporary correspondence. Maxine Berg traces how this new consumer society of the eighteenth century and the products first traded, then invented to satisfy it, stimulated industrialization itself. Global markets for the consumer goods of private and domestic life inspired the industrialrevolution and British products 'won the world'.

British Army on the Rampage B A O R

Author: Sean Connolly
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 1783062924
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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It’s the autobiographical novels that tell it how it was – warts and all. This is what the British Army really got up to in Belize! British Army on the Rampage is a down-to-earth, witty account of a humble British soldier on his tour of duty in the Carribean country of Belize in 1982. It is the first military account of this operational tour, detailing how the task was carried out by an individual and a 'team of lunatics', under difficult and sometimes stressful conditions. It takes more than training, education, teamwork and leadership to make it through a squaddie’s working day. B.A.O.R. proves that sometimes, it is only with sheer determination, camaraderie and a sense of belonging to the 'military family' that pulls soldiers through the difficult times they often face. The book is filled with humorous anecdotes, including the accidental destruction of the warden’s new hut with a grenade launcher, the export of frozen tarantulas, windsurfing with bull-sharks, biting the heads off chickens, insulting the memory of Bob Marley, causing a riot, breaking a toe on a frog and the near-death experience of a dislocated finger… Along with the author’s account of this operation, B.A.O.R. also includes an analysis of the balance between patriotism, professionalism and sheer lunacy. Humorous and honest, it will appeal to serving, ex-services and veteran armed forces personnel, and those who enjoy military history and are interested in the British Army.

Star Wars on Trial The Force Awakens Edition

Author: David Brin
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
ISBN: 1942952058
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Order in the Court! Star Wars: the most significant, powerful myth of the twenty-first century or morally bankrupt military fantasy? Six films. Countless books. $20 billion in revenue. No one can question the financial value or cultural impact of the Star Wars film franchise. But has the impact been for the good? In Star Wars on Trial’s courtroom—Droid Judge presiding—Star Wars stands accused of elitist politics and sexism, religious and ethical lapses, the destruction of literary science fiction and science fiction film, and numerous plot holes and logical gaps. Supported by a witness list of bestselling science fiction authors, David Brin (for the prosecution) and Matthew Woodring Stover (for the defense) debate these charges and more before delivering their closing statements. The verdict? That’s up to you. Covering the films from A New Hope to The Force Awakens, Brin and Stover provide new forewords that explore the newest generation of Star Wars films and what JJ Abrams must do to live up to—or redeem—the franchise.

Raving Lunacy

Author: Dave Courtney
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0753505045
Format: PDF, ePub
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Dave Courtney, whose autobiography, Stop the Ride, I Want to Get Off, was a huge bestseller, reveals all from another hidden aspect of London's underworld. Notorious in London's criminal underworld, Dave is also a big name in the club and dance scene. Raving Lunacy is the story of this double life, and how one world spilled over into the other. From parties in prisons, sewers, railway arches and aircraft hangers, to legitimacy (Dave and his partner Terry Turbo won 1999's 'Best Large Promotions of the Year'); Raving Lunacy covers the ground that Stop the Ride left out, as Dave details what went on after the doors were shut tight. The clientele that came to the parties was, in Dave's words, 'the most colourful characters London has to offer'. Dave was, as ever, in the thick of it and saw and experienced the explosion, the fallout, the casualties and the successes. Told with characteristic humour and brazen honesty, Raving Lunacy reveals the darker side of the era known as the summer of love.

Party Time

Author: Shaun Attwood
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1780577354
Format: PDF, ePub
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An action-packed roller-coaster account of a life spiralling out of control featuring wild women, gangsters and a mountain of drugs Shaun Attwood arrived in Phoenix, Arizona, a penniless business graduate from a small industrial town in England. Within a decade, he became a stock-market millionaire. But he was leading a double life. After taking his first Ecstasy pill at a rave in Manchester as a shy student, Shaun became intoxicated by the party lifestyle that would change his fortune. Years later, in the Arizona desert, Shaun became submerged in a criminal underworld, throwing parties for thousands of ravers and running an Ecstasy ring in competition with the Mafia mass murderer Sammy 'The Bull’ Gravano. As greed and excess tore through his life, Shaun had eye-watering encounters with Mafia hit men and crystal-meth addicts, enjoyed extravagant debauchery with superstar DJs and glitter girls, and ingested enough drugs to kill a herd of elephants. This is his story. Shaun Attwood is the author of Hard Time: A Brit in America's Toughest Jail. He regularly speaks to audiences of young people about the perils of drugs and the horrors of prison life.