Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture

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Soft Skull Press, Mar 1, 2012 - Music - 512 pages
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Ecstasy did for house music what LSD did for psychedelic rock. Now, in Energy Flash, journalist Simon Reynolds offers a revved-up and passionate inside chronicle of how MDMA (“ecstasy”) and MIDI (the basis for electronica) together spawned the unique rave culture of the 1990s.

England, Germany, and Holland began tinkering with imported Detroit techno and Chicago house music in the late 1980s, and when ecstasy was added to the mix in British clubs, a new music subculture was born. A longtime writer on the music beat, Reynolds started watching—and partaking in—the rave scene early on, observing firsthand ecstasy’s sense-heightening and serotonin-surging effects on the music and the scene. In telling the story, Reynolds goes way beyond straight music history, mixing social history, interviews with participants and scene-makers, and his own analysis of the sounds with the names of key places, tracks, groups, scenes, and artists. He delves deep into the panoply of rave-worthy drugs and proper rave attitude and etiquette, exposing a nuanced musical phenomenon.

Read on, and learn why is nitrous oxide is called “hippy crack.”

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If you believe in nothing you'll fall for everything. He was lost in the rooms the infinite rooms of the infinite candyhouse of himselp- The Crying of Lot 49. Basically my experiences of raves were kids staying out to late because their parents were absent and/or neurotic. God works through strange vehicles. From the scene it took me to remember. 'Amnesia' is one aspect Simon states in the intro. Forgetfulness is a huge aspect of rave music. You forget what you value. You become 'devalued'. To undo yourself is the goal of Satan not of any organized Creature. What I believe in is self as defined in relation to a purpose. Why am I here.. all of that Jazz.  


Slaves to the Rave
New York Rave
Live Fast Dream Hard San Franciscos Cyberdelic Visions
the Los Angeles Rave Explosion
US Rave Descends into the Darkside
Tweaked Out

Paradise Lost
Revolution in Progress
Absolute Beginners
Love Thugs
Mantra for a State of Mind
Keep Taking the Tabloids
Mental Mental Radio Rental
Motor City Madness
Warehousing Benefits
Into Orbit
Raving Mad
Acieed Casuals
Trip City
White Punks on E
After the Luv Has Gone
Low Frequency Oscillations
Dance Before the Police Come
Mentasm Madness
Metal Machine Music
Monsters of Rave
Speed Freaks
White Label Fever
Juvenile Dementia
Rage to Live
TerraTechnic Terrorists
Bummer in the City
Criminal Injustice
PartTime Crusties
Guerrilla Parties
Furniture Music
Surfing on Sinewaves
Turn On Tune In Drop Off
Lie Down and Be Counted
Ambient Fear
Metronomic Underground
Food For Thought
Chaotic Chemistry
Drowning in Love
You Got Me Burnin Up
Journey from the Light
Voodoo Magic
Darkness Lingers
Combat Dancin
Knight of the Hunter
Forbidding Planet
Razing the Speed Limit
We Are the Music Makers
Keeping the Faith
Fuck the Legal Stations
Renegade Soundwaves
You Know the Key
Pirate Utopias
Renegade Snares and Brutal Bass
BBoy Meets Rude Boy
Africa Talks to You the Concrete Jungle
Gangsta Rave
Under Siege
Bald Terror
Bounce to the Beat
Only the Happiest of People Need Apply
Trend of an Era
Southern Death Cult
Living in my Headphones
Rebirth of the Cool
Prophets of Loss
Tricky Kid
Cant Get No Satisfaction
Dub Wisdom
Cheap Thrills
Ghetto Technology
The Fusion Con
Rough Stuff
Soldiers of Darkness
FutureShock Troops
Beats + Pieces
The Body Electric
Ghosts in the Machine
Slaved to the Rhythm
Reinventing the Machine
Songs Versus Soundscapes
The Imagineer
Special Effects
The NowMachine
Twisted Science
Rhizomatic Renegades
Party for Your Right to Fight
You Make Me Feel Mighty Unreal
My Funk Is Useless
The Politics of Ecstasy
Church of Ecstasy
Androgyny in the UK
Nowhere People

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About the author (2012)

Simon Reynolds is a consulting editor at Spin magazine. He is also the author of Blissed Out: The Raptures of Rock, The Sex Revolts: Gender, Rebellion and Rock 'n' Roll, Totally Wired, and Bring the Noise.

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