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Your ongoing support of Heavy Harmonies is appreciated! Altered State Dos From the musical perspective, I was already familiar with most of the music mentioned in this book, with a few specific tracks I'm not sure whether I've heard or not. There is a lot of house, acid house, and other subgenres that I find spotty at best, with a lot of tracks that are too repetitive for my taste, but other tracks can be transcendent under the right circumstances.
I find it interesting that one of the trajectories that was taken towards the end of this chapter of rave culture, i. Gabber and Happy Hardcore, I find distasteful for reasons not unlike the similar transition of Industrial into TerrorEBM or TerrorBanana as some of us DJs called it - the music became faster, more testosterone fueled, simpler, and dumber.
I think I'll keep this book near to hand for a while, and listen to the songs I'm not as familiar with. Maybe I should create a list. Sep 21, Tom rated it it was amazing. This guy's historical narratives are so tight, he can make the execution of an underground rave in early '90s Britain unfold like the Watergate scandal.
Mar 06, Dennis rated it really liked it. Overall, most of the details are present, but since the author covers so much ground he does run into a few gaps mostly in the re-telling of the US electronic music stories, due mostly to the lack of depth consistent with the story at hand, so not at all detracting.
However, the beauty of the book is in the intertwined story-lines of the drug use and electronic music culture. I actually think I should re-read it soon, as I am beginning to forget the details that I was concerned with when I originally read it This book, however, filled in many of the gaps, and was a thoroughly entertaining and enlightening read.
The well known story of how acid house culture came to the UK via Ibiza's Summer of Love where Nicky Holloway, Danny Rampling, Paul Oakenfold and Trevor Fung experienced the delight's of Alfredo weaving magic on the White Isle and brought back their ideas to the London clubscene, is a familiar tale, often recited religiously in club culture publications like Mixmag. The author gives a comprehensive account of the beginnings and it was great to hear the true story and what bliss these guys must have experienced.
Shoom, Spectrum and the Milk Bar launched successfully and the early adopters were soon welcoming new 'Acid Teds' and a hippy revival based on lush house electronica began to hit the mainstream. The book looks at London and Manchester in detail as well as exploring some of the less likelier destinations of UK club culture like Blackburn and later the countryside free party and rave movement. The study of the fracture of dance music into its various sub-genres and the movement of people that followed each branch provides much analysis and we see Warehouse parties, techno anarchists, drum and bass division and later the emergence of new genres like speed garage, grime and dubstep.
The book focuses a lot on the role of narcotics in this new ascendant youth culture. The critical importance of ecstasy MDMA to the whole movement which eventually led to a massive increase and normalisation of drug culture across the country, with polydrug use becoming popular and clubbers and ravers exploring acid LSD , cocaine, heroin, ketamine, amphetamines and the various different types of cannabis.
It's amazing how much anti dance music propaganda was spread by the media. Governments were scared and there was a great deal of legislation set up to counter the whole movement. Enlightened masses were a danger to the establishment and the whole culture was seen as an alternative political situation. The long-running battles between promoters, DJs and the UK Police was interesting and it was noted by Police fighting the organisers of parties that these people ran their operations like military units and were very effective at getting their events into successful fruition.
I don't think I've read a better and more comprehensive book on the history of dance music in the UK, and whereas the initial boom period may now be over, dance music is certainly in the mainstream day to day lives of the UK to this day and will be for a long time into the future.
I think that it is important and inspiring to learn about the history of the greatest mass cultural movement, in my opinion, that emerged in the twentieth century. Love and blessings to you. You are an incredible Teacher, and I hope I can learn from you again in the future. The Heroic Journey is taking root in my life, more and more everyday. God bless you.
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