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Generation Ecstasy: Into the World of Techno and Rave Culture

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2006

    Generation E

    i bought this book for my boyfriend, but before giving it to him i read chapters here and there. Simon Reynolds knows what he is talking about. He didnt focus on just one type of music. He didnt focus on just the bad things people assume about raves. He incorporates different music, different events, different facts and beliefs into this book. The title really says it all. XTC is mentioned on just about everypage but it made me realize how much it really was/is involved in the rave scene. It made it what it is today. I do wish this book was written more recently as the scene is forever changing. However, reading about old-school raves is probably more intresting than reading about recent ones. I recommend this book to anyone intrested in electronic music. You'll not only relate to it, but also learn a great deal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2001

    Sick of the Stereotypes

    Before I even went to my first rave about 4 years ago, I'd assumed that they were all about drugs, sex, and mindless music. I was incredibly glad to find out I was wrong, but came to the realisation that not everyone realised it yet. I feel that any naysayers, who have ever said that electronic music in all it's forms is mindless, emotionless and repetitive; who have ever said that only drug addicts are drawn to raves; who have ever said that raves are only a place to get ecstasy and serve no other purpose BUT that; woh have ever told me that they were 'bad', or not a real culture, have no history...well, they should read this book and insert their feet into their mouths. While the book does cite ecstasy use as a major motivator in the progress of the scene, it also gives credit where credit is due. Any party kid out there should pick this one up, it's an interesting and truly informative read, and you'd have a comprehensive guide to the culture we all love so much. For anyone who just likes to keep up on musical trends, this is something that could easily be of use in the following years, as the Rave Movement comes to light. And finally, for anyone who has ever looked down on my culture in disgust or sadness, I urge you to read this and lighten up...we're only a bunch of kids having fun and listening to thoughtful music with a dance beat after all... ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2001

    Wonderfully Obsessive...

    I discovered this book around the time I first entered 'the scene,' if you will. Reynolds does an excellent job of delving into the world of party kidz, as I prefer to be called. His knowledge of the music is wonderfully obsessive. It is a must read for all interested in the scene or those who are wondering why us kidz chase the music through the night to those empty wharehouses to dance the night away. Enjoy!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2001

    This book made me visually understand my culture. I really dig it man!

    It explains why my parents drug habits affected me, and why myself and my friends flock at jiffy marts and attend all night parties that involve our friend X. I really dig this book, it showed me different types of candies that taste real good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2001

    The Truth of Rave

    I am from the Philly area and have been atending raves for a couple of years now. This book most definately made me understand my culture a lot more than i did. It emphasizes on the history and truths of the whole rave sceen. Definately one of my favorite books. Peace out and mad PLUR. shout out to my krew USR, luv ya guys.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2000

    Generation Ecstasy, had to be the best book i ever read!!

    Oh my gosh, this book was awesome, ive been in the rave scene for around 3 years, and i have to admit before reading this book i knew absolutly nothing. This book explains our culture very well, I learned so much about my scene, and I am soooo happy I read this book, now I'm not a dummie, when it comes to my culture. Because of this book I know whats up!! peace

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2000

    Gen. E

    This is a powerful book on the history and experences of the rave culture. I could not put this book down! Starts you off in the early days to the present! Very informative and exciting!

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