Altered State: The Story of Ecstasy Culture and Acid House

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Serpent's Tail, 1997 - Disco dancing - 314 pages
"Ecstasy and house music: a perfect combination of chemistry and sound that changed popular culture for ever. Altered State tracks the development of Ecstasy culture from its roots in the psychedelic underground and gay disco movements of America in the '70s, through the utopian frenzy of acid house and the illegal rave spectaculars of the late '80s, to the ultimate creation of a mass drug culture in '90s Britain. The book pulls together the disparate threads of an extraordinary tale populated by a cast of flamboyant characters--outlaw entrepreneurs, drug dealers, nomadic techno tribes, pirate radio broadcasters, pop stars and policemen--and documents hysterical and repressive responses to the dance-drug movement from the legal, political, medical and commercial establishments. Drawing on a wealth of background research and original interviews with key figures on both sides of the law, Altered State critically examines the causes and contexts, ideologies and myths of Ecstasy culture, dramatising its euphoric narrative from peak experience to comedown and aftermath, and shedding new light on the social history of the most spectacular British youth movement of the century."--Back cover.

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Journalists Collin and Godfrey have written a fascinating, compelling account of youth culture in conservative Britain during the last decade. They begin with a brief history of the dual elements at ... Read full review

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About the author (1997)

Matthew Collin is the author of the critically-acclaimed books Altered State, This is Serbia Calling, The Time of the Rebels and Pop Grenade. He has worked as a correspondent for the BBC and Al Jazeera, and as the editor of The Big Issue, i-D magazine and the Time Out website. He has also written for many newspapers and magazines, including the Guardian, Observer, Wall Street Journal, The Face, Mixmag and Mojo. He is now researching a new book for Serpent's Tail about electronic dance music culture around the world.

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