A Pretty Smart Way to Catch a Lobster (the Alice in Wonderland Years)

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MAGICAL TALE BEHIND LONDON'S 80S PSYCHEDELIC FUN HOUSE As a punk-turned-promoter behind Alice In Wonderland, one of the most successful London clubs of the 80s, Christian Paris has neatly leapfrogged the usual process of book publishing by putting out his memoirs himself. For 10 years from early 1983, Paris ran Alice every Monday at Soho basement club Gossips, seeing it build into one of the capitol's hottest weekly nights. There were the accompanying infamous Magical Mystery Trips, a Portobello Road boutique called Planet Alice and, in 1986, regular DJ and guiding force Clive Jackson's Doctor And the Medics surprising themselves as much as anyone when their version of Norman Greenbaum's Spirit In The Sky went to No 1. Christian's warmly-told story is the proverbial rollercoaster, packed with often hilarious anecdotes, messy excess, famous faces and events such as Jesus And Mary Chain's first London club appearance. It's got its share of downers too, such as the ill-fated opening of a Planet Alice in Hollywood, with Ringo Starr's daughter. Now still running successful businesses, Paris beautifully revisits a never-to-be-repeated time when London's underground community teemed with party fiends such as the Alien Green Jelly Girl and Sex Bitch Goddesses; a madcap DJ could top the charts; and, though paisley replaced safety pins, punk's DIY spirit was alive and well enough to manifest again in this wonderful book.

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