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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

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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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  • 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 (3 customer reviews)
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This is an instant classic for anyone who's interested in subculture, counter culture, youth culture, drug culture, dance music culture, queer culture, black culture... Basically, every marginalized movement of the last 4 or 5 decades takes its turn on the stage in this comprehensive (but still compact) book. Through Collins' approachable and assured narrative, they all merge to become milestones along a vast unified current of activism, drugs and music that has meandered along beneath the mainstream for over half a century.

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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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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good enjoyable and formative book on the dance craze movement and clubbing.
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