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Generation Ecstasy: Into the World of Techno and Rave Culture

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"Since the WTO, anarchism is once again a household word. This book introduced a whole new generation to the enticements of the anarchist lifestyle when it was released in the early 90's. Still a password for acceptance in many circles, it is an incitement to begin living fully now, without waiting for a hypothetical "revolution." Hakim Bey (a pseudonym) gleefully offends everyone, including anarchists of all stripes, while always seeking to inspire critical thinking in readers looking to break from the stultifying constraints of modern life."
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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.

Synopsis:

Reynolds offers a guided tour of rave culture and techno music in this first critical history of the genre--and the drug culture that accompanies it. 40-page discography. of illustrations.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [391]-395), discography (p. [397]-436), and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780415923736
Author:
Reynolds, Simon
Publisher:
Routledge
Author:
Reynolds Simon
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
World Beat
Subject:
Popular
Subject:
Electronic & Computer
Subject:
Electronic music
Subject:
Techno
Subject:
Rave culture
Subject:
Techno music
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Pop Vocal
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Electronic
Subject:
Techno music -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Music-MIDI and Electronic
Copyright:
Series Volume:
FS-081-98
Publication Date:
19990631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
504
Dimensions:
9.18x5.96x1.00 in. 1.41 lbs.

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Product details 504 pages Routledge - English 9780415923736 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

"Since the WTO, anarchism is once again a household word. This book introduced a whole new generation to the enticements of the anarchist lifestyle when it was released in the early 90's. Still a password for acceptance in many circles, it is an incitement to begin living fully now, without waiting for a hypothetical "revolution." Hakim Bey (a pseudonym) gleefully offends everyone, including anarchists of all stripes, while always seeking to inspire critical thinking in readers looking to break from the stultifying constraints of modern life."

"Synopsis" by , Reynolds offers a guided tour of rave culture and techno music in this first critical history of the genre--and the drug culture that accompanies it. 40-page discography. of illustrations.
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