In ‘All You Need Is Dynamite’, the latest in his Art Decades series of small format books, Dave Haslam explores the fading of Sixties dreams of peace and love, and the emergence of urban terrorist groups, particularly the Angry Brigade who carried out dozens of bomb attacks in Britain.
Haslam tracks the political campaigns, the police repression, and discovers Angry Brigade links to Manchester and the city’s underground paper Mole Express (a bible for local acid-freaks, and fans of the Weather Underground and the Edgar Broughton Band).
Picking his way through forgotten streets and demolished clubs, and the pages of underground newspapers, Haslam uncovers a heady mix of left-wing politics, psychedelic music, police raids and political violence.
Dave Haslam is a former resident DJ at the legendary Haçienda club. His journalism has appeared in NME, The Times, Guardian, London Review of Books and New Statesman. He’s written five books including Manchester, England - a cultural biography of Manchester which was declared one of the ten books that best represent Britain (alongside work by Jeremy Paxman, Zadie Smith and George Monbiot). His other books include Life After Dark: A History of British Nightclubs & Music Venues, and his autobiography Sonic Youth Slept On My Floor (acclaimed by BBC 6 Music presenter Gilles Peterson as “the best book of 2018”). For more information visit: