Ian ‘Snowy’ Snow­ball and Cen­tre­force Ra­dio

Spe­cific State ’89 (New Haven Pub­lish­ing)

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Pro­lific nov­el­ist Snowy had the idea to pen a stage pro­duc­tion, which he con­cluded around two years ago. The in­ten­tion was it would be no or­di­nary stage show; it would in­clude a DJ lay­ing down a sound­track trans­port­ing the au­di­ence back to the Acid House era of 1989. The ex­pe­ri­ence would be en­hanced by laser and strobe lights plus an abun­dance of dry ice. Screens at the back of the stage would project footage of raves from that time pe­riod. A min­i­mal num­ber of ac­tors would punc­tu­ate the time-trav­el­ling tale of he­do­nis­tic ex­cesses. Its ti­tle was sim­ply Rave. Dis­cov­er­ing that a stage pro­duc­tion, es­pe­cially one such as he had in mind, was far from as straight­for­ward as it might seem, Snowy re­verted to what he is al­ready renowned for to get this story across. Which is where his lat­est tome Spe­cific State ’89 came from. It has two parts, the first fic­tional, al­beit based on and drawn from many of his own first-hand ex­pe­ri­ences from that pe­riod. Set in Lon­don it traces the ex­ploits of two friends, Patch and Tat as they dis­cover and im­merse them­selves in the ever-grow­ing un­der­ground rave scene. Chap­ters are in a chrono­log­i­cal month by month over­view of that scene as it grew over the year, tak­ing in many of the big­gest rave events of 1989. The duo even head to the North West to sam­ple a north­ern take on the rave scene via a visit to Manch­ester’s Ha­cienda club at its peak. Their mu­tual love of House mu­sic leads them to set up a pi­rate ra­dio sta­tion, very much in­spired by real-life pi­rate ra­dio Certre­force. Part two is factual, in­clud­ing in­ter­views with DJs, pro­duc­ers and pro­mot­ers from 1989. There’s even a 100-tune playlist from Patch and Tat’s fic­tional Eclipse pi­rate ra­dio – a ret­ro­spec­tive look at what was hot­ter than hot in 1989.

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