BLURBS #"Generation Ecstasy is a more than essential work, helping us to come to terms with a way of life which has defined so many and left its mark on so many more. Simon Reynolds has achieved the near impossible: represented the diverse genres and subgenres of modern dance culture with loving care, while telling the big story in a lucid, stimulating, and thought-provoking way. you've just got to get a look at this one."
-- Irvine Welsh, Author of Trainspotting
"Generation Ecstasy is a sparkling inside view of a colorful underground youth subculture, and a testimony of kids' capcity to create joy. This is rock spirituality in the twenty-first century -- polytheistic, pansexual, and multicultural. Fusing high technology, resistance, hedonism, culture, and communion, Reynolds traces the lineage of sounds, scenes, and styles with a keen eye for regional variations and an honest assessment of the downside -- drugs and other damage factors."
-- Donna Gaines, Author of Teenage Wasteland: Suburbia's Dead End Kids
"Obsessive fanboy, cut 'n' mix theorist, pop-culture paleontologist: Simon Reynolds tunnels deep into the Burgess Shale of our disposable culture. . . . An extended megamix of postmodern theory and rockcrit gone 'mental' (as the ravers say), Generation Ecstasy is social history at two hundred beats per minute."
-- Mark Dery, Author of Escape Velocity: Cyberculture at the End of the Century, Editor of Flame Wars: The Discourse of Cyberculture.