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Altered State: The Story of Ecstasy Culture and Acid House Paperback – April 1, 2010
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Collins' narrative style is perfect for the story he tells - it is a lot like listening to an engaging storyteller who is armed with a lot of facts, rather than reading a research paper. The revolutionary undercurrent in music, as he describes it, reflects a neverending quest for freedom from an inflexible government model that never really seems to change or suffer for its wrongheaded ways. The major players in the different strands of subculture that pop up to challenge it all seem to share a single aim, and their frustrations and hopes all merge over the course of the book. They almost become archetypes in Collins' retelling of events, but his sympathetic depiction of every subject's strengths and weaknesses leaves us in no doubt that these are real, ordinary people that he is talking about.
Frankly the only thing I dislike about this book is that there's no 2nd volume from 1999 onwards!
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