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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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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