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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (3 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762431849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762431847
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 16.7 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 302,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tim Pilcher is a pop culture expert and has worked in and around the comics industry for over 20 years as a writer and editor. He initially started as an assistant editor at DC Comics' Vertigo imprint, based in London, working on ground-breaking titles like The Extremist by Peter Milligan & Ted McKeever; Enigma and Face by Peter Milligan & Duncan Fegredo; The Mystery Play by Grant Morrison & Jon J Muth, Rogan Gosh by Peter Milligan & Brendan McCarthy; and Kill Your Boyfriend by Grant Morrison & Phillip Bond.

In 1992 he co-founded of the bi-lingual comics publishing house, Les Cartoonistes Dangereux, with Paul Peart, Brad Brooks, Dylan Horrocks and others. They published several critically acclaimed one-off graphic novels in English and French, including White Death by Robbie Morrison & Charlie Adlard, The Malice Family by Fareed Choudhury, Aunt Connie and the Plague of Beards by Jonathan Edwards and the first appearance of Fred the Clown by Roger Langridge.

He has written comics for the BBC, DeAgostini, Weldon Owen and the Young Telegraph and has worked for numerous book publishers including Penguin Children's Books and Dorling Kindersley.

As a journalist he has written for Deadline, Comic World, Tripwire, Education Today, Comics Forum, Criminal Justice Matters and G-Spot Magazine and Star Trek Magazine. Pilcher became an associate editor at Comics International, the UK's then-only comic book trade paper, alongside Dez Skinn. Pilcher has written numerous books on comics including The Complete Cartooning Course and The Essential Guide to World Comics with Brad Brooks. He has also contributed to numerous other books including, Comix: The Underground Revolution, 500 Comicbook Action Heroes, The Slings and Arrows Comic Guide (1st Edition), 500 Essential Graphic Novels and War Comics: A Graphic History. His Erotic Comics: A Graphic History Volumes 1 & 2,were the first serious survey of this genre in over 20 years. The books have been translated into French, German, Polish and Czech and were Publication of the Year finalists in the 2010 UK Erotic Awards.

He regular gives talks on everything from Tijuana Bibles, Indian comics, the history of Ecstasy and other esoteric subjects, and is currently commissioning editor at Ilex Press and is the Chair of The Comic Book Alliance (www.comicbookalliance.co.uk), a not-for-profit organisation and "The Voice of the British Comics Industry" promoting books, graphic novels, webcomics and sequential art in its many forms. He occasionally updates his intermittent blog, Sex, Drugs and Comic Books (www.sexdrugsandcomicbooks.blogspot.com).

He has also written several non-comic related books including: Pilcher's Marijuana Miscellany, e: The Incredibly Strange History of Ecstasy, Spliffs 2 & 3, and the bestselling The Cannabis Cookbook.

He successfully published his Kickstarter memoir of working at Vertigo UK called Comic Book Babylon: A Cautionary Tale of Sex, Drugs and Comics in November 2013. He performed the book as a one-man show at 2014's Brighton Fringe Festival and was nominated for Best Literary Event Award.

He lives in Brighton, England.

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"Bookslut""Tim Pilcher is clearly a Generation Ecstasy insider. Yet somehow his treatment of the subject stays balanced and nuanced. He avoids getting druggie or scene-y, and he also avoids the strange, academic stiffness that mars other recent work on youth culture and raves."

About the Author

Tim Pilcher lives in Brighton.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sean on 11 Nov 2013
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Took around 3-4 days to read at different speeds (Slow reader here) could be finished in a day.
Although this is small this is the most fun, knowledgeable and truthful book about ecstasy and what it inspired.
Tells the truth about the proper history which is very interesting, its spread of sister drugs in the 60s to it being used in the 70s/80s in San Francisco, then when it boomed and hit Europe, especially the UK.
Some quotes about drugs and ecstasy from some famous people from interviews and movies you may or not have saw.

I bought this book because Im very interested in drugs, their history, their spread, who uses them and what they do. This book told me a fair bit into all those in quite a good bit of detail. Worth it I think, Ive went on to buy more drug books as well for a deeper insight.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Huei L. Saw on 30 Dec 2010
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I bought this book because I was doing my MA dissertation on drug culture and the music industry. (and I passed with a Merit)

It is brilliant. I had so much fun reading this as it tells you the truth and not what the government or media portrayed ecstasy to be like.

It gives the reasonable doubt about drug controversy. I love it!

Plus the cover is really pretty! :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lone Deranger on 27 Jun 2012
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This is an easy read with lots of colors, pictures and quotes. A fresh breath of air.

The history, its use, hitting the mainstream, copbusts and interviews with many different types of people. And hey! Alexander Shulgin is in there too.

If you have a tad of interest on this subject get it. Well worth the money imho.

PLUR <3 <3 <3
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