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Altered State, Updated Edition: The Story of Ecstasy Culture and Acid House (A Five Star Title) Paperback – November 1, 1998
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Mr. Collin describes Ecstasy as "the euphoric peak of a lifetime". One's first Ecstasy experiences are strikingly empathic and stimulating. Tactile and verbal communication are delightful, and dancing and music acquire their own lives. Ecstasy's sensory and empathic effect combined with its related clubs, music and dress codes make it especially attractive to first-time drug users.
With continued use Ecstasy users lose the initial ecstatic feeling. To regain the original ecstatic feeling users first try larger Ecstasy doses. Within a year larger Ecstasy doses fail, and users try other drugs (cocaine or amphetamine-like Ecstasy variants). Once lost the ecstatic feeling is gone, but the user now is using hard drugs. And organized crime often accompanies hard drug sales.
The chapter "Techno Travellers" is intriguing because it discusses Ecstasy users' impact upon English politics and society. Groups of working class Ecstasy users (like the "Merry Pranksters" documented by Ken Kesey) believed that occupying public and private property and that providing deafening music was their right. They dropped out of society, acquired expensive vans and sound systems, and hosted shows and festivals. The travellers joined compatible environmental and political groups' demonstrations, their sound systems providing "a focus of attention".Read more ›
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Garage, House, Acid House, Techno, Balearic, Drum & Bass, Jungle, whatever you call it: this is the book about the real history. Read morePublished on April 19, 2004 by alexander laurence
This book is truely entertaining, it covers music, culture, politics, drugs, ect... It was hard to put this book down, I was sucked into it and learned a great deal about the... Read morePublished on October 12, 2000 by Unified
Whether you're interested in subcultures, dance music, drug cultures or the history of the scene you're currently involved in, Collins' book is indispensable. Read morePublished on March 9, 2000 by K. Mason
I' ve read Altered States back in January and I can tell you one thing, this book is a whole lot better than the quite boring Generation Ecstasy.Published on October 29, 1999 by Andre