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

Matthew Collin , John Godfrey
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1 Mar 1997
When Ecstasy was first mixed with house music sometime during the 1980s, the reaction triggered a diverse youth movement. It affected music, fashion, the law, government policy and other areas of public and private life. This work trails the drug from California, through New York and onwards in the history of Ecstasy and the culture and politics that surround it.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail (1 Mar 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852423773
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852423773
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,177,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matthew Collin is the author of the critically acclaimed books Altered State, This is Serbia Calling, and The Time of the Rebels. He has worked for the BBC from Georgia and has written for a wide range of newspapers and magazines. He now reports for Al Jazeera from Georgia.

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5.0 out of 5 stars 24 years on, the real story of acid house 21 Oct 2012
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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 outlook...read 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting ! 13 Oct 2011
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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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