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Generation Ecstasy : Into the World of Techno and Rave Culture - Simon Reynolds

Generation Ecstasy

Into the World of Techno and Rave Culture


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In the early nineties, rave culture exploded with the availability of cheap computers and sampling technology, causing a punk-style do-it-yourself revolution. The resulting upsurge of independent labels and home studio-based artists spawned a legion of subgenres: hardcore, trance, jungle, ambient, gabba, big beat, and many more. Today, DJs and producers such as Fatboy Slim, Prodigy, Goldie and The Chemical Brothers have huge followings, while mainstream artists like Madonna and Bjork have turned to rave's offspring for artistic rejuvenation.
In "Generation Ecstasy, " Simon Reynolds takes the reader on a guided tour of this end-of-the-millenium phenomenon, telling the story of rave culture and techno music as an insider who has dosed up and blissed out. The first critical history of techno music--and the drug culture that accompanies it--"Generation Ecstasy" traces rave's origins in Detroit techno and Chicago house, then shows how these black American genres were transformed by British and European youth. Here is everything you ever wanted to know about the artists and the DJs who created dance culture, the fans for whom it is a way of life, and the dance club and outdoor rave scenes that brought it both fame and infamy.
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.

"Worthy. As a straightforward timeline account of rave culture-the DJs, the drugs, the choons, the clubs, the clobber-"Generation Ecstasy succeeds. Tracing the music. Reynolds shows that he certainly knows his stuff.."-"Now, Toronto "For anyone who has been to a rave or bought a techno CD, this book is an excellent complement. Reynolds does a great job throughout, even making this book readable for those who know littel or nothing about techno and rave culture."-"Dead Trees Review "Invaluable."-"Toronto Star "The single best book about rave culture."-"The Roverfront Times "A classic chronicle of the Nineties rave movement."-James Hunter, "Rolling Stone

Introductionp. 003
A tale of three cities: detroit techno, chicago house, and new york garage, 1980-90p. 012
Digital psychedelia: sampling and the soundscapep. 040
Living a dream: acid house and uk rave, 1987-89p. 056
Everything starts with an e: ecstasy and rave musicp. 080
Twenty-four-hour party people: "madchester," positivity, and the rave 'n' roll crossover, 1988-91p. 092
Ardkore, you know the score: the second wave of rave, 1990-92p. 112
America the rave: us rave culture, 1990-92p. 142
Fight for your right to party: spiral tribe and the crusty-raver movement, 1991-97p. 162
Feed your head: intelligent techno, ambient, and trance, 1990-94p. 180
Slipping into darkness: the uk rave dream turns to nightmare, 1992-93p. 206
The future sound of detroit: underground resistance, +8, and carl craig, 1990-96p. 218
In our angelhood: rave as counterculture and spiritual revolutionp. 236
Roots 'n' future: jungle takes over london, 1993-94p. 250
In the mix: dj culture and remixology, 1993-97p. 270
Marching into madness: gabba and happy hardcore, 1992-97p. 282
Crashing the party: american rave's descent into the darkside, 1993-97p. 298
Sounds of paranoia: trip-hop, tricky, and pre-millennium tension, 1990-97p. 318
War in the jungle: intelligent drum and bass versus techstep, 1994-97p. 334
Fuck dance, let's art: the post-rave experimental fringe, 1994-97p. 358
Outro: nineties house, speed garage, and big beatp. 375
Bibliographyp. 391
Discographyp. 397
Acknowledgmentsp. 437
Indexp. 439
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ISBN: 9780415923736
ISBN-10: 0415923735
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 7th June 1999
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.77