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Electronic Dance Music And MDMA, Or 'Molly'

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Festival-goers at Electric Zoo Festival in 2011 (wikimedia commons)

The annual three-day Electric Zoo festival, held on Randall’s Island in New York City, is a major event within the electronic dance music community. But this past weekend, the third and final day of the festival was cancelled following the deaths of two festival attendees. Although their causes of death haven’t yet been officially confirmed, the New York City’s Mayor’s Office stated that “both appear to have involved the drug MDMA (ecstasy, or molly).”

Joining us to discuss the proliferation of the drug in popular culture is Kia Makarechi, entertainment editor for the Huffington Post, and Irina Aleksander, who wrote a piece for the New York Times about the drug MDMA earlier this year. 


Irina Aleksander and Kia Makarechi

Comments [1]

Tyler from Brooklyn

Per usual the reporting on this issue has major gaps. The issue of MDMA use and electronic music in the US is not new. During the mid nineties to early 2000s ecstasy use among young people involved in dance music and rave culture ballooned into a media and political issue. So much so that congress passed the RAVE Act which in short allowed club and rave promoters to be tried under similar laws as individuals who ran crack houses.

A more thorough look at the history of this issue might be informative, rather than repeating the same comments and fears from 12 years ago.

Sep. 05 2013 10:16 PM

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