As well as pursuing a career as a DJ, and journalist, Dave Haslam has written five full-length books – follow the links for more details, back-cover blurb, reviews, extracts. His current project is ‘Art Decades’, a limited edition of small format books on subjects including Keith Haring, Courtney Love, and Sylvia Palth.

‘Sonic Youth Slept on My Floor; Music, Manchester & More’

Dave Haslam’s new book is out May 24th 2018 ‘Sonic Youth Slept on My Floor; Music, Manchester & More’ is writer and Hacienda resident DJ Dave Haslam’s gloriously well-written memoir of his life and work in some of the most interesting corners of contemporary culture. He documents encounters with inspiring characters including Tony Wilson, Nile […]

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Life After Dark: A History of British Nightclubs & Music Venues

Nightclubs and music venues are often the source of a lifetime’s music taste, best friends, and vivid memories. They can define a town, a city, or a generation, and breed scenes and bands that change music history. Life After Dark is a passionate and authoritative history of significant venues and great nights out. Dave Haslam […]

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Not Abba; the Real Story of the 1970s

“A brilliantly contextualized study of a decade of cultural and political upheaval, seismic shifts in fashion and youth trends, and the ever-changing musical landscape. The results are worthy of shelf space next to Jon Savage’s England’s Dreaming or Greil Marcus’s Lipstick Traces.” (Terry Staunton, Record Collector) Published on June 20th 2005, Not Abba is an […]

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Adventures on the Wheels of Steel: The Rise of the Superstar DJs

Dave Haslam’s second book describes the history and the buzz of dance music through the eyes and experiences of DJ’s. He hangs out with Sasha in Glasgow, Fatboy Slim in Nottingham, Paul van Dyk in Cardiff, Norman Jay at the Southport Soul Weekender, and Lottie in Newcastle. There’s also chapter devoted to the life of […]

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Manchester England Book

Manchester, England

Ex-Hacienda DJ Dave Haslam’s critically acclaimed first book is an inspiring, authoritative, highly readable work of cultural history, with Manchester’s place as the world’s first industrial city – featuring mad tales of hedonism and political uprisings in the Victorian age – through to its pop music traditions – from jazz, through Northern Soul to Joy […]

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