Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture

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Soft Skull Press, Mar 1, 2012 - Music - 512 pages
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.  

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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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