Dance, Drugs and Escape: The Club Scene in Literature, Film and Television Since the Late 1980s

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McFarland, May 22, 2007 - Social Science - 222 pages
In the late 1980s the rave phenomenon swept the youth culture of the United Kingdom, incorporating the generations' two newest social stimulants: modern electronic dance music and a notorious designer drug known as Ecstasy. Although the movement began in rebellion against mainstream culture, its underground dynamism soon attracted the interest of novelists, screenwriters, and filmmakers who attempted to reflect the phenomenon in their works. Through artistic and commercial popularization, the once obscure subculture was transformed into a pop-culture behemoth with powerful links to the entertainment industry. This study deals with the transformative effects of film, television and literature on club culture. Chapters furthermore reflect club culture's own effect on crime, ethnicity, sexuality and drug use. As the study traces artistic depictions of club culture's development, each chapter focuses on individual books, films and television shows that reflect the transformation of the club culture into what it is today.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
3
Idealism to Economics
17
2 Crime and Club Life
51
3 Whose Club Is It Anyway? Ethnicity and Club Culture
74
Representations of Gay Lifestyle in Club Fiction
94
5 Drugs Sex and Disco Dancing
115
Exploitation of Rave Culture
152
Conclusion
182
Notes
185
Bibliography
195
Index
201
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Stan Beeler is a professor in the English department at the University of Northern British Columbia in Canada. His publications include books and articles on television, film and popular culture.

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