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Altered State: The Story of Ecstasy Culture and Acid House

Altered State: The Story of Ecstasy Culture and Acid House [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Collin
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`Essential reading.' Rupert Howe, Q -- Rupert Howe, Q

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From its first publication in 1997, Altered State established itself as the definitive text on Ecstasy and dance culture. This new edition sees Matthew Collin cast a fresh eye on the heady events of the acid house 'Summer of Love' and the rave scene's euphoric escalation into commercial excess as MDMA became a mass-market narcotic. Altered State is the best-selling book on Ecstasy culture, using a cast of memorable characters to track the origins of the scene and its drug through psychedelic subcults, underground gay discos and the Balearic paradise of Ibiza, to the point where Tony Blair was using an Ecstasy anthem as an election campaign song. Altered State critically examines the ideologies and myths of the scene, documenting the criminal underside to the blissed-out image, shedding new light on the social history of the most spectacular youth movement of the twentieth century.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 899 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail (9 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004E3X9Z2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #180,450 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 24 years on, the real story of acid house 21 Oct 2012
By Alexandra TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Once upon a time lived an evil queen and her trolls, they called themselves conservative, we called them controlling tories, uncaring bastards who neglected society for individual gain...

I was 17 when i went to my first rave in 1991, and it was still quite new back then, still very very exciting. By 1991 the legal warehouse parties were still outnumbered by the illegal gatherings, specially round the area i lived in, Norfolk, and Cambridgeshire.

This book however, goes much further back in time, to the very roots of house music, from the gay clubs of new york to the gritty techno coming from detroit in the mid 80s onwards, as well as the disco scene which heavily influenced house music.

This is not just one persons account of the acid house/rave scene, there are tales from the perspectives of promoters, chief superintendents like the infamous Tappenden, the ravers, the criminal gangs, the DJs, the pioneers of many underground movements.

Halfway through the book im thinking, why no mention of the Hacienda? Or those Blackburn raves? I need not have worried, because Matthew Collin touches on this later in the book, as well as documenting the techno travellers of the free festival circuits that sprang up in the early 90's.

In all, these book covers the lot, in so much detail, and from my perspective, an ex oldskool raver who once went out every weekend to drop and go mental to the music, the book is a real trip down memory lane, remembering past parties that i almost forgot about, and faces and friends i met along the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elecrical Shamans 2 Sep 2013
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Having been there when some of this happened this was an essential read for me, i found it informative and well researched. It recaptured the magic which i felt at the time and broadened my own experiences and it if u were there, read it if you wished you had been there...either way, its an important read for our times!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great analysis of a defining era 23 Dec 2014
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Great analysis of a defining era, how it has influenced and informed aspects of our lives today and fascinating insight into the many factors that came together to influence and form the scene. Brilliant
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting ! 13 Oct 2011
I got through most of this book when I was in Norwich going to a electronica event Spangled, sometimes I feel like it was going off on one, but great especially after my own experiences in a altered state, I go through most of it at Norwich bus station while listening to a chill out music on spotify and also on the trip ! back through London, I feel the experience of taking ectasy changes you forever good or bad and this is always with me !!!

I know about the Sanctuary in Milton Keynes went there once to a Slammin Vinyl events and find it hard to get over the mc's as doesn't always go with the music i.e. original track that you hear and like, I went to exodus in Luton for the millennium warehouse party and they made a impact for the people etc.

What really got me was when I lived up North with Northern Techno Alliance / Inner City Techno and Planet Zogg and going Sheff stock, but I do prefer when it has a pop feel to, as can sound repetitive !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for all techno/house fans! Essential! 13 Sep 1998
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This is the best book I have seen thusfar on the subject. Matthew Collin is detailed and objective...hitting on all the key elements of modern dance culture. Enjoy!
Brad Owen Massive Magazine, Milwaukee
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