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The Acid House

Author : Irvine Welsh
ISBN : 9781407019376
Genre : Fiction
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The characters in this extraordinary book are often - on the surface - depraved, vicious, cowardly and manipulative, but their essential humanity is never undermined. Two professors of philosophy turn pugilists; Leith removal men become the objects of desire for Hollywood goddesses; God turns Boab Coyle into a house-fly; and in the novella, 'A Smart Cunt', the drug-addled young hero spins off on a collision course with his past. The Acid House is a bizarre, disturbing and hilarious collection from one of the most uncompromising and original writers around.
Category: Fiction

The True Story Of Acid House Britain S Last Youth Culture Revolution

Author : Luke Bainbridge
ISBN : 9780857128638
Genre : Music
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The arrival of a new style of music and a new type of drug in 1988 ignited a revolution. To coincide with the 25th anniversary of the second summer of love, this is the definitive story of the seismic movements in music and youth culture that changed the cultural landscape forever. Luke Bainbridge is uniquely positioned to tell this story, having connections both in the industry, through nearly two decades as a music journalist, and on the dancefloor, through two decades of dancing, promoting and DJing. Bainbridge has interviewed most of the protagonists who led the revolution, from the DJs and musicians to the promoters, gangsters and ravers, and built up a relationship of trust and mutual respect. This will be true story of acid house, from the DJ box to the dance floor. He examines the legacy and lasting impact of acid house, and how the second summer of love is viewed 25 years on. How has acid house been assimilated into mainstream culture? How did the change in drugs, away from ecstasy towards other drugs, affect the music and the party scene? Why has the free party scene never really been replicated, despite new technology greater capacity to organise events and disseminate information? Did the summer of 1988 leave us with a generation of drug users? Has there been any lasting effect of such an explosion in drug use? Who were the real winners and casualties in the story? Do the world's current biggest DJs Tiesto, Swedish House Mafia, David Guetta have any connection to the original scene? Where next for house and dance music in general?
Category: Music

Altered State

Author : Matthew Collin
ISBN : 9781847656414
Genre : Social Science
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From its first publication in 1997, Altered State established itself as the definitive text on Ecstasy and dance culture. This new edition sees Matthew Collin cast a fresh eye on the heady events of the acid house 'Summer of Love' and the rave scene's euphoric escalation into commercial excess as MDMA became a mass-market narcotic. Altered State is the best-selling book on Ecstasy culture, using a cast of memorable characters to track the origins of the scene and its drug through psychedelic subcults, underground gay discos and the Balearic paradise of Ibiza, to the point where Tony Blair was using an Ecstasy anthem as an election campaign song. Altered State critically examines the ideologies and myths of the scene, documenting the criminal underside to the blissed-out image, shedding new light on the social history of the most spectacular youth movement of the twentieth century.
Category: Social Science

Class Of 88

Author : Wayne Anthony
ISBN : 0753502402
Genre : Drug abuse
File Size : 37.52 MB
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What went on behind the Acid House dream? The raves and huge dance parties of the late-1980s changed the face of popular culture, as hundreds of thousands of youngsters enjoyed the illicit thrills of ecstacy and vast, illegal all-nighters. Yet beneath the bright surface was a world of drug deals, violence, exploitation, protection rackets and armed robbery. In this book, Wayne Anthony tells the story of his two years as an illegal dance party organizer and promoter. In those two years he was beaten up, menaced by criminals and blackmailers, confronted with sawn-off shotguns, kidnapped and threatened with murder.
Category: Drug abuse

Once In A Lifetime

Author : Jane Bussmann
ISBN : 0753502607
Genre : Drugs and popular music
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A nostalgic look at Acid House and the dance and social culture that spawned it. The book sees the key to Acid House as fun, and presents a year-by-year celebration of the decade in anecdotal style.
Category: Drugs and popular music

Irvine Welsh

Author : Aaron Kelly
ISBN : 0719066514
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This is the first full-length study of Irvine Welsh's fiction and provides a sustained textual and contextual analysis and evaluation of his work
Category: Literary Criticism

The Music Sound

Author : Nicolae Sfetcu
Genre : Music
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A guide for music: compositions, events, forms, genres, groups, history, industry, instruments, language, live music, musicians, songs, musicology, techniques, terminology , theory, music video. Music is a human activity which involves structured and audible sounds, which is used for artistic or aesthetic, entertainment, or ceremonial purposes. The traditional or classical European aspects of music often listed are those elements given primacy in European-influenced classical music: melody, harmony, rhythm, tone color/timbre, and form. A more comprehensive list is given by stating the aspects of sound: pitch, timbre, loudness, and duration. Common terms used to discuss particular pieces include melody, which is a succession of notes heard as some sort of unit; chord, which is a simultaneity of notes heard as some sort of unit; chord progression, which is a succession of chords (simultaneity succession); harmony, which is the relationship between two or more pitches; counterpoint, which is the simultaneity and organization of different melodies; and rhythm, which is the organization of the durational aspects of music.
Category: Music

The Facts On File Companion To The British Short Story

Author : Andrew Maunder
ISBN : 9780816074969
Genre : Literary Criticism
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A comprehensive reference to short fiction from Great Britain, Ireland, and the British Commonwealth. With approximately 450 entries, this A-to-Z guide explores the literary contributions of such writers as Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, D H Lawrence, Rudyard Kipling, Oscar Wilde, Katherine Mansfield, Martin Amis, and others.
Category: Literary Criticism

Energy Flash

Author : Simon Reynolds
ISBN : 9781593764777
Genre : Music
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Ecstasy did for house music what LSD did for psychedelic rock. Now, in Energy Flash, journalist Simon Reynolds offers a revved-up and passionate inside chronicle of how MDMA (“ecstasy”) and MIDI (the basis for electronica) together spawned the unique rave culture of the 1990s. England, Germany, and Holland began tinkering with imported Detroit techno and Chicago house music in the late 1980s, and when ecstasy was added to the mix in British clubs, a new music subculture was born. A longtime writer on the music beat, Reynolds started watching—and partaking in—the rave scene early on, observing firsthand ecstasy’s sense-heightening and serotonin-surging effects on the music and the scene. In telling the story, Reynolds goes way beyond straight music history, mixing social history, interviews with participants and scene-makers, and his own analysis of the sounds with the names of key places, tracks, groups, scenes, and artists. He delves deep into the panoply of rave-worthy drugs and proper rave attitude and etiquette, exposing a nuanced musical phenomenon. Read on, and learn why is nitrous oxide is called “hippy crack.”
Category: Music

Marabou Stork Nightmares

Author : Irvine Welsh
ISBN : 9780393285215
Genre : Fiction
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"For anyone who gets high on language, this book is a fantastic trip...a real tour de force."—Madison Smartt Bell, Spin The acclaimed author of the cult classics Trainspotting and The Acid House, Irvine Welsh has been hailed as "the best thing that has happened to British writing in a decade" (London Sunday Times). This audacious novel is a brilliant (and literal) head trip of a book that brings us into the wildly active, albeit coma-beset, mind of Roy Strang, whose hallucinatory quest to eradicate the evil predator/scavenger marabou stork keeps being interrupted by grisly memories of the social and family dysfunction that brought him to this state. It is the sort of lethally funny cocktail of pathos, violence, and outrageous hilarity that only Irvine Welsh can pull off.
Category: Fiction

Generation Ecstasy

Author : Simon Reynolds
ISBN : 9781136783166
Genre : Art
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In Generation Ecstasy, Simon Reynolds takes the reader on a guided tour of this end-of-the-millenium phenomenon, telling the story of rave culture and techno music as an insider who has dosed up and blissed out. A celebration of rave's quest for the perfect beat definitive chronicle of rave culture and electronic dance music.
Category: Art

4 Play

Author : Harry Gibson
ISBN : UOM:39015053039833
Genre : Drama
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Trainspottingby Harry Gibson Marabou Stork Nightmaresby Harry Gibson Ecstacyby Keith Wyatt Filthby Harry Gibson Gathered together for the first time in an omnibus edition, these adaptations of Irvine Welsh's best-selling novels and novellas form a remarkable body of playwriting. Gritty dialogue, scenes of outstanding originality and dazzling comic energy, characterize and distinguish these wonderful works. Harry Gibson's adaptation ofTrainspottingwon theSunday TimesBest New Play Award. Keith Wyatt's adaptation ofEcstacywas heralded by Irvine Welsh as 'the best adaptation of my work for the stage that I have seen to date. I loved it.'
Category: Drama

Counterculture Through The Ages

Author : R. U. Sirius
ISBN : 9780812974751
Genre : History
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Looking at thirteen distinct history-altering eras, a cultural pundit explores the diverse ways in which freethinking rebels have shaped the philosophy, politics, art, spirituality, and technology of their times and assesses the distinguishing characteristics of a counterculture, including such principles as individualism, anti-authoritarianism, and the potential for personal and social change. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.
Category: History


Author : Jeremy Gilbert
ISBN : 9781134698912
Genre : Music
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Experiencing disco, hip hop, house, techno, drum 'n' bass and garage, Discographies plots a course through the transatlantic dance scene of the last last twenty-five years. It discusses the problems posed by contemporary dance culture of both academic and cultural study and finds these origins in the history of opposition to music as a source of sensory pleasure. Discussing such issues as technology, club space. drugs, the musical body, gender, sexuality and pleasure, Discographies explores the ecstatic experiences at the heart of contemporary dance culture. It suggests why politicians and agencies as diverse as the independent music press and public broadcasting should be so hostile to this cultural phenomenon.
Category: Music

Trainspotting Headstate

Author : Irvine Welsh
ISBN : STANFORD:36105020248394
Genre : Drama
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Category: Drama

Dictionary Of Contemporary Slang

Author : Tony Thorne
ISBN : 9781408102206
Genre : Reference
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With more than 7,000 definitions, this book provides a definitive guide to the use of slang today. It deals with drugs, sport and contemporary society, as well as favourite slang topics such as sex and bodily functions. In this convenient paperback edition of the highly acclaimed Dictionary of Contemporary Slang, language and culture expert Tony Thorne explores the ever-changing underworld of the English language, bringing back intriguing examples of eccentricity and irreverence from the linguistic front-line. "Thorne is a kind of slang detective, going down the streets where other lexicographers fear to tread." Daily Telegraph
Category: Reference

Techno Rebels

Author : Dan Sicko
ISBN : 9780814337127
Genre : Music
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An updated, expanded history of techno music with special attention to its roots in Detroit.
Category: Music

Rave On

Author : Matthew Collin
ISBN : 9781782831457
Genre : Music
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Electronic dance music was once the utopian frontier of pop culture. But three decades after the acid house 'summer of love', it has gone from subculture to the global mainstream. Does it still have the same power to inspire? From the pleasure palaces of Ibiza and Las Vegas to 'new frontiers' like Shanghai and Dubai, raving is now a multi-million-dollar business. But there are still hardcore believers upholding its DIY ethos - the techno idealists of Berlin and Detroit and the queer subcults of New York, the post-apartheid party people of South Africa and the outlaw techno travellers of France. In Rave On, Matthew Collin travels the world to experience these unique scenes first-hand, talk to the key players and hear the story of how dance culture went global - and find out if its maverick spirit can survive its own success.
Category: Music