Generation Ecstasy: Into the World of Techno and Rave Culture

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Psychology Press, 1998 - Music - 454 pages
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Generation Ecstasy is the story of rave culture and techno music. Challenging traditional ideas about music and spawning a global network of underground scenes based on the frenzied euphoria of the all-night dance party, rave is the most innovative, influential, and controversial pop phenomenon since punk rock. A celebration of rave's quest for the perfect beat and the ultimate rush, Generation Ecstasy is the definitive chronicle of rave culture and electronic dance music.

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GENERATION ECSTASY: Into the World of Techno and Rave Culture

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Rock journalist Reynolds (The Sex Revolts) chronicles how MDMA (a psychedelic amphetamine, aka "ecstasy") and MIDI (computer sound technology) together spawned the unique dance culture of the ... Read full review

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I read this book over 10 years ago. Just found the book in an old box stored away and I figured I should get online line to support the reviews of the book. As a chronicle of the genesis of electronic music there is no better read than this book. Disjointed between the Chicago, New York and Manchester roots there might be a little bit of a disconnect in the mental digestion of the book however, it is well resourced and gives commentary without any biased color; but not flat, engaging enough.
This book carried from the 90's into the 2000's with a very composed history of where jack and house came from. It provided me a processed understanding into the production and technology and why early stuff sounds the way it does and gave me a clarity and heading as to where the good music would be coming from.
***Also does highlight that while the US started listening to Gangsta Rap the rest of the world was setting foot on the international dance floor***

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About the author (1998)

Simon Reynolds is a Consulting Editor at Spin magazine. He is the author of Blissed Out: The Raptures of Rock (1990) and, with Joy Press, of The Sex Revolts: Gender, Rebellion and Rock 'n' Roll (1995).

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