- Taschenbuch: 480 Seiten
- Verlag: Routledge; Auflage: First Printing (1. August 1999)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0415923735
- ISBN-13: 978-0415923736
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2,8 x 22,9 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 15 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 541.942 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Generation Ecstasy: Into the World of Techno and Rave Culture (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. August 1999
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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.."
"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
"The single best book about rave culture."
-"The Roverfront Times
"A classic chronicle of the Nineties rave movement."
-James Hunter, "Rolling Stone
Explores the popularity of electronic dance music and the culture surrounding it, focusing on the fad of midnight-to-dawn revels, known as "raves," which offers a Dionysian world of dance, drugs, and debauchery. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
The historical aspect of the book is a good overview, but extremely biased towards the hardcore and related genres of techno. In particular I was offended by the author's suggestion that 'Intelligent Dance Music' was virtually racist because it avoided the use of black hip hop beats while those beats were getting a lot of play in clubs and at raves. The author presents himself as an outsider at the beginning of the book, but he was clearly part of and influenced by the hardcore scene. That isn't bad in of itself, but in this author's case it means that ever other niche is compared to the original hardcore scene (as well as its closely related genres) in a negative light; the author insinuates that the other genres simply don't get the point. Frankly, I think the author is the one who is unable to get any of the other genres.
All of this aside, I give this book four starts because it is a truly excellent resource for techno music fans, as well as anyone who is interested in learning more about the different genres of techno. Each section of the book presents (biased) descriptions of leading artists in each genre, and there is an excellent list in the appendix of tens of genres of technos with several album recommendations for each genre. This makes it an excellent reference for anyone interested in learning more about the different genres of techno.
Mr. Reynolds is English, and much of his discussion is centered in England. The author describes how rave events evolved from small club events to major outdoor events to clandestine events hidden to avoid closure by local authorities. Mr. Reynolds discusses rave and techno music and DJ mixing techniques. He provides an extensive bibliography and discography. Mr. Reynolds discusses drug (over)use at rave events. He discusses the growth and death of the belief that drugs like Ecstasy would promote world peace. Mr. Reynolds' discussions are interesting, but they do not describe Ecstasy's effect on peoples' daily lives.
One seeking a history of techno and rave culture will enjoy this book. One seeking to understand the lives and goals of "Generation Ecstasy" will find it disappointing.
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I read this book in hopes of finding some interesting journalistic insite into the history of Rave culture. Oh well. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 17. Mai 2000 veröffentlicht
Wheather you are in the scene or just curious what all this stuff called "techno" is, this book is an indespensible resource. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 17. November 1999 veröffentlicht
I am currently doing research on rave culture and the music and drugs associated with this culture. This book has everything - the early history to the present, including specific... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 22. Oktober 1999 von Elizabeth Rossick
I bought this book expecting it to be all about raves and the history of the whole scene. I was only half-right. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 16. September 1999 veröffentlicht
I'd have to agree with the above reviewer about Reynolds' annoying pseudo-intellectual speak. This guy obviously just read Baudrillard's _Simulacra and Simulacram_ one night while... Lesen Sie weiter...Am 24. Juni 1999 veröffentlicht
Simon Reynolds writes as an enthusiast, not a critic. This is, nevertheless, the most intelligent, vivid, comprehensive book I have ever read about the ecstacy culture. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 20. Mai 1999 von firstname.lastname@example.org
Reynolds provides an highly-information, excruciatingly detailed view of the history of rave culture and techno music. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 4. Januar 1999 veröffentlicht
Filled with annoying postmodern pseudo-english, Generation Ecstasy seems to be written by someone who desperately wants to be thought of as intelligent. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 27. Oktober 1998 veröffentlicht
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