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

Generation Ecstasy: Into the World of Techno and Rave Culture

bySimon ReynoldsEditorSimon Reynolds

Paperback | August 12, 1999

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InGeneration 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. A celebration of rave's quest for the perfect beat definitive chronicle of rave culture and electronic dance music.
Simon Reynoldsis a Consulting Editor atSpinmagazine. He is the author ofBlissed Out: The Raptures of Rock(1990) and, with Joy Press, ofThe Sex Revolts: Gender,Rebellion and Rock 'n' Roll(1995).
Title:Generation Ecstasy: Into the World of Techno and Rave CultureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 1.2 inPublished:August 12, 1999Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from decent job but way too specific for general music lovers I don't think it's worth the $50+ it's listed here for in paperback. It does a good job of explaining the DJing, rave and drug culture side of this sort of music, but unless you know what sort of music the author is talking about it'll escape most people. I am speaking from an old New Wave fart POV so there ya go.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from not everybody understands house music Rave is ... a matrix of lifestyle, ritualized behavior, and beliefs, writes _Spin_ senior editor Simon Reynolds. To the participant, it feels like a religion; to the mainstream observer, it looks more like a sinister cult. A decade after the underground dance sounds of Chicago and Detroit bombed the UK into a higher state of consciousness, rave culture has become a funk phenomenon around the world and -- judging by the burgeoning outbreak of rave books -- a subject worthy of study and story. Most of these books are from Britain (where house, techno and jungle have topped the pop charts for years), and in this respect _Generation Ecstasy_ is no exception. What makes Reynolds exceptional is his writing's wild style, identical to none. He deconstructs the scene's sound and frenzy with passion and politicized intelligence: How do you write the history of a culture that is fundamentally amnesiac and nonverbal? As he breaks down the long strange trip from rave's post-psychedelic roots in DJ culture to the pre-millennial proliferation of musical micro-genres, you can virtually hear break beats and dread bass boom between the lines. Not everybody understands house music -- it's a spiritual thing, a body thing, a soul thing. But Reynolds understands it intimately, and he tracks its legacy with hardcore verve.
Date published: 2002-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book Reynolds goes into every aspect of the rave lifestyle and looks at it from a balanced and fair perspective. I burned through G.E.; it was that interesting.
Date published: 2000-02-09

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Simon Reynolds takes you to the sweaty warehouses and homemade recording studios at the heart of early rave and techno culture of the 1990s. Generation Ecstasy is a racy insider look at this cultural explosion, whose fragments still fall to earth today. This is far more than a celebration, as the author takes a critical approach to the artists, styles and consumers of this famously wild era.

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"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