By Miriam Joseph, Julian Durlacher
This sequence will hint the background, describe the discovery or discovery, mostly for honorable purposes, and the transition to unlawful and 'recreational' use.
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Anything was better than staying in miserable, grey Britain. There were two main nightclubs on the island at that time. Pasha opened in 1973, playing reggae and rock to the hippies. Amnesia was just a run-down farm with no electricity. Hippies and Bhagwan Rajneesh disciples would get together and dance around bonfires, while others played music or just sat around and smoked dope. By the time the hippie movement was over, Ibiza's clubs had gone through the most amazing metamorphosis. These weren't discos as anyone else knew them - they had outdoor dance floors under the moon and stars, huge fountains, palm trees and flamboyant decor that was constantly changing.
These three black men, through their music, escaped from Detroit into a different state, much as many had done before. As Paul Gilroy, the black cultural theorist puts it in his seminal book Ain't No Black in the Union Jack, "The dream of life beyond the reach of racism acquired an other-worldly, Utopian quality and then manifested itself in a flash, high-tech form deliberately remote from the realities of the ghetto lifeworld. If the repressive and destructive forces unleashed by a 'maggot-brained' and infanticidal America were rapidly acquiring a global character, the answer to them was presented as flight...
In fact, it can be traced all the way back to the twelfth century Sufi poet Jalal'uddin Rumi, who would enter ecstatic trances while singing praises to Allah and whirling round and round. Of course, this dancing wasn't drug-induced, but inspired by the ecstasies of worship, and by dancing and rejoicing in the praise and love of Allah. Rumi's followers practise the tradition to this day in the Turkish town of Konya, where they have become world famous as the "whirling dervishes". The culture of Candomble in South America also involves adepts falling into a trance and swaying frenetically to the rhythm of the drums as if under a spell.