Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $4.28
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture Paperback – March 20, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1593764074 ISBN-10: 1593764073 Edition: Reprint
Buy used
$10.19
Buy new
$18.02
Used & new from other sellers Delivery options vary per offer
47 used & new from $10.19
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback, March 20, 2012
"Please retry"
$18.02
$12.17 $10.19
Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


Hero Quick Promo
Save up to 90% on Textbooks
Rent textbooks, buy textbooks, or get up to 80% back when you sell us your books. Shop Now
$18.02 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 8 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture + Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: The History of the Disc Jockey + The Record Players: DJ Revolutionaries
Price for all three: $45.04

Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

Review

Praise for Energy Flash

“Reynolds provides an expanded and updated version of his now-classic Generation Ectasy...Reynolds approaches his subject as both fan and critic, finding the perfect balance between autobiography and eyewitness. He also happens to be a terrific writer... Authoritative.” —Booklist

About the Author

Simon Reynolds is a consulting editor at Spin magazine. He is also the author of Blissed Out: The Raptures of Rock, The Sex Revolts: Gender, Rebellion and Rock 'n' Roll, Totally Wired, and Bring the Noise.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE


Amazon Local Register Amazon Local Register


Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press; Reprint edition (March 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593764073
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593764074
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pvt on January 9, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Sure, Mr Reynolds has a fondness for hardcore rave, but we were all sucked into electronic music by one genre or another. One has to start somewhere. He has done a fantastic job cobbling together all the disperate elements that make up the rave culture and explaining them to those of us that were there (and have difficulty remembering) and those who wern't.

I found the extra chapters from the American eddition a most-worthy addition as these touched on some of my favourite developments like trance and progressive house of which I am a particular fan.

Congradulations to Simon Reynolds for finding the vocabulary to describe what we heard all those years ago and to peg down some of those elusive feelings we had whist jiving amoungst the smoke machines of our youth.

I've moved straight onto his next book - Rip It Up and Start Again - I'm hooked.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan McVeigh on December 22, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Huge book. It's a little dry and the later chapters are pretty irrelevant to what I'm interested in, but the first 1/2 of the book detailing the rise of dance music and its influence in the UK is great. Nice record list to work through finding too.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback
Simon Reynolds is a British music journalist (born in 1963) who has covered several different genres of popular music, but experiences in clubs, raves and with the drug Ecstasy have made a powerful impact on his life. ENERGY FLASH is a voluminous survey of electronic dance music (EDM) and the culture (style, drugs) surrounding it since its start in the 1980s. The first edition of the book (titled GENERATION ECSTASY in the United States) appeared in 1998, but a second edition describes later developments up to 2007.

While Reynolds focuses mainly on the British scene, there is ample coverage of US developments. Besides starting his history with the Detroit techno and Chicago house movements without which the UK would have never had acid house and everything after, Reynolds also dedicates an entire chapter to US raves, highlighting the very different vibe there compared to Europe. The German scene is also covered, but in considerably less detail than the UK or US.

Through each evolution in EDM (acid house, hardcore, IDM, jungle, trance, progressive, etc.), Reynolds mentions iconic tracks of the era. Take, for instance, this bit on "Voodoo Ray" by A Guy Called Gerald:

"With its undulant groove and dense percussive foliage, its glassy, gem-faceted bass-pulse and tropical bird synth-chatter, `Voodoo Ray' looks ahead to the polyrhythmic luxuriance of Gerald's mid-nineties forays into jungle, as do the tremulous whimpers and giggles of the blissed-out female vocal."

When the first edition of this book was published in the 1990s, readers must have felt somewhat frustrated by these vague verbal descriptions, which don't really impart what the track really sounds like.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Its a good read if you haven't read other books about this particular culture. Its good that he had a section explaining the updated version explaining what has changed and what hasn't.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture
This item: Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture
Price: $18.02
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com