Author(s): Matthew Collin
From its first publication in 1997, "Altered State" established itself as the definitive text on dance culture. This new edition sees Matthew Collin revisit many of his interviewees from the original book, with hindsight casting a fresh eye on the heady events of the second summer of love. "Altered State" is the bestselling text on rave culture and acid house, written at the time of the election campaign of Tony Blair (which used an Ecstasy anthem as its musical theme), and the trial and acquittal of a 19-year-old for supplying the drug that killed Leah Betts. "Altered State" re-examines the causes and contexts, ideologies and myths of Ecstasy culture, dramatizing its euphoric narrative from peak experience to comedown and aftermath, and shedding new light on the social history of the most spectacular youth movement of the twentieth century.
"'At last somebody has written the real history of the last ten years, and written it with such wit, verve, empathy and profound intelligence. I can't recommend this marvellous piece of work enough.' - Irvine Welsh 'Altered State is not just timely; it was crying out to be written' - Independent 'Altered State remains the definitive story of the last decade's love affair with MDMA and mucking about in fields just off the M25' - Q"
Matthew Collin is the author of the critically acclaimed books This is Serbia Calling, and The Time of the Rebels. He has worked for the BBC from Georgia and has written for a wide range of newspapers and magazines. He now reports for Al Jazeera from Georgia..