Matthew Collin


Matthew Collin is a journalist and author of several critically-acclaimed books including Altered State, the original history of acid house and the British rave scene, and This is Serbia Calling, about cultural resistance to the regime of Slobodan Milošević.
His latest book, Pop Grenade, is an adrenalin-charged collection of reportage on a series of flashpoints in music and political activism from Public Enemy to Pussy Riot, Berlin techno to Turkish psychedelia.
Pop Grenade has been described by Irvine Welsh as “an amazing collection of tales of inspirational courage and madness from the front line of popular culture”.
At Resonate ’16, he’ll be discussing how music has been used as a political tool in the new media era by both freedom fighters and authoritarian governments.
Matthew has also worked as a foreign correspondent for the BBC, Al Jazeera and Agence France-Presse, and as editor for The Big Issue, i-D magazine, the Time Out website and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. He has written for many newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, The Observer, Mixmag, The Wire and Mojo.