´It was the best of times it was the worst of times.´ Maligned, misunderstood and fetishized the 1980´s stands as the decade when post-modern life began in the west, and London was at the epicenter of this shift. An explosion of creativity took place against a backdrop of radical social change. London became a city of tribes. The vast youth culture categories of the preceding decades shattered into shards. It was the decade that sub-culture as a way of life reached it´s zenith before giving way to it´s inevitable scene surfing conclusion. Ridgers documented this cultural moment obsessively. Punks, post-punks, cyber-punks, gothic punks, mods, hard mods, Trojan skins, racist skins, ska, reggae, dub, early electronica, synth pop, acid house, happy hardcore, Blitz Kids, New Romantics, Hip-Hop, Rap, Electro, Break Beat, Techno, Rave - these were all sub-cultural spaces with scenes attached in London in the 1980´s. Unlike now, subcultures in the 1980´s were not casual playthings - they were a way of life for their participants. They inspired profound loyalty. They were a beautiful a doomed flowering of the hope for a better world. Derek Ridger´s exquisite street portrait photography has captured this creative decade beautifully.
Electronic dance music was once the utopian frontier of pop culture. But three decades after the acid house ´summer of love´, it has gone from subculture to the global mainstream. Does it still have the same power to inspire? From the pleasure palaces of Ibiza and Las Vegas to ´new frontiers´ like Shanghai and Dubai, raving is now a multi-million-dollar business. But there are still hardcore believers upholding its DIY ethos - the techno idealists of Berlin and Detroit and the queer subcults of New York, the post-apartheid party people of South Africa and the outlaw techno travellers of France. In Rave On, Matthew Collin travels the world to experience these unique scenes first-hand, talk to the key players and hear the story of how dance culture went global - and find out if its maverick spirit can survive its own success.
Meet the men who murdered for the mob-and made John Gotti the most powerful and deadly crime boss in America . . . They called him the ´´Teflon Don.´´ But in his short reign as the head of the Gambino crime family, John Gotti wracked up a lifetime of charges from gambling, extortion, and tax evasion to racketeering, conspiracy, and five convictions of murder. He didn´t do it alone. Surrounding himself with a rogues gallery of contract killers, fixers, and enforcers, he built one of the richest, most powerful crime empires in modern history. Who were these men? Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anthony M. DeStefano takes you inside Gotti´s inner circle to reveal the dark hearts and violent deeds of the most remorseless and cold-blooded characters in organized crime. Men so vicious even the other Mafia families were terrified of them. Meet Gotti´s Boys . . . * Charles Carneglia: the ruthless junkyard dog who allegedly disposed of bodies for the mob-by dissolving them in acid then displaying their jewels. * Gene Gotti: the younger Gotti brother who ran a multimillion-dollar drug smuggling ring-enraging his bosses in the Gambino family. * Angelo ´´Quack-Quack´´ Ruggiero: the loose-lipped contract killer who was wire-tapped by the FBI-and dared to insult Gotti behind his back. * Tony ´´Roach´´ Rampino: the hardcore stoner who looked like a cockroach-and used his gangly arms and horror-mask face to frighten his enemies. * ´´Sammy the Bull´´ Gravano: the Gambino underboss who helped John Gotti execute Gambino mob boss Paul Castellano-then sang like a canary to take Gotti down. Rounding out this nefarious group were the likes of Frank DeCicco, Vincent Artuso, and Joe ´´The German´´ Watts, a man who wasn´t a Mafiosi but had all of the power and prestige of one in John Gotti´s slaughterhouse crew. Gotti´s Boys is a killer line-up of the crime-hardened mob soldiers who killed at their ruthless leader´s merciless bidding-brought to vivid life by the prize-winning chronicler of the American mob.