London: Coracle Press, 1982. First Edition. Very good condition, binding reinforced with tape on spine, some rubbing and loss to the thick black paper boards on front and back, inside pages printed on thick black paper intact. A moderately clean copy of a rare and fragile book. Item #4840
Willats’ in-depth exploration of private club culture in the late 1970s- early 1980s London, in which clubs functioned as spaces for complete expression of a small subculture, allowing people to come together in self-organized groupings opposed to their own alienation from mainstream society and ideals. The Cha Cha Club was located in an old railway arch under Charing Cross Station, one of many that popped up throughout London at the time. There is little to no distinction between organizers, staff, and members of the club, and the stories shared to Willats highlight the egalitarian nature of the space.