- 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: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #552,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture Reprint Edition
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Reynolds describes the ambiances, locations, producers, labels, and theory behind the music, parties and institutions that compose the music of that era. It adds social significance to those of us who have only the sounds free of context. A must-have for anyone with interest in electronic music of the past and present.
Simon provides a refreshing, highly informative, and thorough overview of dance culture. It has made me appreciate and discover music I would not have found otherwise, and clarifies many questions I had on musical preference.
In terms of the comprehensiveness, poetic versatility, and insight into the meaning of rave culture that Simon Reynolds displays in this book, no other publication comes even close.
The simple fact is that there will never be another book like it. It stands alone, and belongs to the top ranks of the greatest books written on popular music.
Indeed, this book is now (and most likely will always be) the definitive text of 'rave music and dance culture.' - at the very least for the 1990s. So if you want true insight regarding the challenge, and subsequent tour de force, of writing about dance music, read this book carefully.
No other book comes close. None.
But I repeat myself.