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Nicholas Saunders (1) [1938–1998]

This page covers the author of Ecstasy: Dance, Trance, and Transformation.

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Nicholas Saunders was as a British figure in the 'alternative' movement from the 1970s.  He researched, self-published and distributed a series of editions of Alternative London aimed at young people squatting, living on low income etc.  After traveling around the country in his van he also published the larger 'Alternative England and Wales' guide in the same vein. Topics included improvising plumbing, electricals, telecommunications (including phreaking), and other services, dealing with the legal and social security systems, sex, health, drug information, transport, food and spiritual religious and mystical systems.  
In 1976 Saunders moved into a warehouse in Neal's Yard, Covent Garden, where he opened a wholefood shop.  This enterprise was successful and enabled him to start other businesses in the Yard including a dairy, cafe, the 'Apothecary' and therapy rooms.
Saunders died in a car crash in South Africa in 1998.

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