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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846687136
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846687136
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #682,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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At last somebody has written the real history of the last ten years, and written it with such wit, verve, empathy and profound intelligence. I can't recommend this marvellous piece of work enough. Irvine Welsh Altered State is not just timely; it was crying out to be written Independent Altered State remains the definitive story of the last decade's love affair with MDMA and mucking about in fields just off the M25 Q [A] full-blooded, abrasive exploration of the rise and fall of the ecstasy scene. -- Julian Fleming Sunday Business Post [E]ssential reading -- Rupert Howe Q The first book to forensically document the acid house explosion... It's written with the authority of the first-hander, but what makes the book so compelling is his political perspective. -- Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton [DJ History] Mixmag

About the Author

Matthew Collin is the author of the critically acclaimed books Guerrilla Radio, and The Time of the Rebels. He has worked for the BBC from Georgia and has written for a wide range of newspapers and magazines. He now reports for Al Jazeera from Georgia.

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This is the best book I have seen thusfar on the subject. Matthew Collin is detailed and objective...hitting on all the key elements of modern dance culture. Enjoy!
Brad Owen Massive Magazine, Milwaukee
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