Happiness Is...A Pill?: Rave New World

IT'S MORE THAN JUST ECSTASY. THE YOUTH CULTURE IS IN THRALL TO DEEJAYS AND FLOATS ON THE RELENTLESS BEAT OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC

It's hard to talk to women at raves, says Ben Wilke. The big beats drown out small talk. If you really need to, you can go to a "chill-out" room for get-to-know-you conversation. And if you really need them, there's "a moderate amount of drugs," says the 17-year-old from Houston. But for him, raves are "all about the music." Says Wilke: "Real party kids don't do drugs. We go to dance and have a good time." He goes on: "A lot of people don't understand it, but the guitar thing's been done. Electronic music is all I listen to. It beats...

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