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  • Confessions of a Raving Reporter
  • By: Kirk Field
  • Narrated by: Kirk Field
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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Rave New World

By: Kirk Field
Narrated by: Kirk Field
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Summary

As a humble barman at the M25 Orbital raves, Kirk Field witnessed the moment acid house exploded. Inspired by media lies to start writing the truth about what he saw unfolding, Kirk became a 'raving' reporter for the clubbers' bible Mixmag, covering the historic parties from the inside and sending sweat-soaked dispatches from distant dancefloors as the scene expanded across Europe and beyond.

With a cast of characters including Diego Maradona, Timothy Leary, the KLF, Michael Eavis, Genesis P-Orridge, Brigitte Nielsen, Boris Yeltsin, Boy George, Saddam Hussein's wife, the president of Tunisia, the CIA, the KGB, Dave Courtney, Norman Lamont's dominatrix and even Her Majesty the Queen, Kirk's whirlwind account of the golden age of clubbing tells the story of what really happened in the 'naughty '90s', exposing the seedy underbelly of rave culture while also capturing the nostalgic spirit of the era.

Told through a mixture of vivid first-person narrative, surreal insider anecdotes and incisive social commentary, this honest, hilarious and uncensored postcard of hedonism will appeal to anyone who's ever put their hands in the air like they just don't care.

©2023 Kirk Field (P)2023 Bonnier Books UK

Critic reviews

'Love this book! It triggers so many memories of the rave era. Thoroughly recommended.' - FATBOY SLIM

'Captures the hedonism and humour of the nineties with a laugh-out-loud honesty. The perfect Ibiza holiday read...if you can get it through customs!' - JUDGE JULES

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Resurrected memories from a special era

Came across a recommendation for this book on a Facebook group and was curious. Pleasantly surprised. Really enjoyed the audiobook. Excellent storytelling, Heartwarming to be reminded of great times full of love, tunes and awesome sense of community.

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A lively retelling of a vibrant era

The nostalgia glasses were firmly placed on my nose for this account of the 1990s hedonism

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Back to the old school - brilliant!

This book reminded me of all the things my memory has forgotten!

Brilliantly told and read with heart, I was fully in the story, and then fully back to the old school all the way through. Thanks for bringing my memories back to life - and adding to them.

I just missed the 88/89 raves, and my own raving story began in 1990 with the M25 orbital raves, but I had discovered the music, so I've loved hearing these tales and jumping into the story of the culture, characters, music and DJs we grew up in and with.

If you're an old raver, you're gonna love it - it's awesome!

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Brilliant again

Iv had to Submit again as it wrongly recorded 2 stars for performance. Its definitely a 5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Pure nostalgia

Fantastic book, taken to my youth many times. If you want to delve back into your rave days, well this book will take you there

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Brilliant!

Excellent first hand account of the early rave days and the 90’s, brought back some amazing memories

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A must listen for all 90s ravers

What a great way to transport me back to my youth. Covered things I experienced and filled in the blanks of the stuff I missed.

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A must read/listen!

I Thoroughly enjoyed this audio book, an engaging listening experience from start till finish. Awesome!

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Required listening for anyone into Rave.

Just finished it off just now and thought it was great. Some of the stories are brilliant and it a wee trip down Amnesia lane for some of us lol.

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A Hilarious, Hedonistic Romp through the Rave Scene

From the first chapter to the last, 'Rave New World' is a treasure trove of wild and unforgettable stories, brought to life by Field's captivating narration.

This audiobook is like a sonic glowstick, with Field's energetic narration and dazzling sound design transporting you to the heart of the dancefloor.

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