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Extra resources for Ecstasy: Its History and Lore
Influenced by their summertime experiences, these upwardly-mobile clubbers and DJs tried to recreate their summer holiday atmosphere in London clubs. Initially, they would go to the handful of clubs, such as Delirium, that were playing Acid House music, and to gay club nights like Pyramid. But none of these venues had the atmosphere the group was looking for. So they decided to use their Club Ibiza experiences to replicate the island sounds of summer and fire up the waning London club scene themselves.
All of these activities were conducted with whatever level of intimidation and violence was considered necessary. Most of the gang members were well-armed with an astonishing variety of weapons ranging from knives to ammonia sprays, handguns and machetes and were not backward about using any of them. They also enjoyed taking the drugs they were helping to distribute. Just a few months after a teenage girl called Leah Betts died after taking an Ecstasy tablet in 1991, Mixmag magazine published an interview with Detective Chief Superintendent Anthony White of the Metropolitan Police, who was trying to get across to Ecstasy users exactly who was profiting from their pleasure: "Ecstasy is a mass-produced drug, and the people who produce it and traffic it are extremely high up in the criminal hierarchy.
By the mid 1960s, Ibiza had become an essential, almost mandatory stop on the hippie trail. Many Spanish people also flocked to Ibiza as they saw it as a haven free from the restrictions of Fascist life under General Franco. Religious cults, including the acolytes of Bhagwan Rajneesh, also established bases on the island. Ibiza began to take on a personality tinged with a bit of everything - hippie dreams, gay flamboyance, jetset glamour and the inevitable banality of tourist growth. As one local DJ puts it: "The hippie influence is really basic because the spirit really comes from them - that freedom and wild kind of life.
Ecstasy: Its History and Lore by Miriam Joseph, Julian Durlacher