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Saving the Rave From Extinction

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Posted on Nov 8, 2011
Paulina Spencer (CC-BY-ND)

As cultural epochs go, the rave scene didn’t last very long, and because mix tapes and foam parties don’t translate well to radio replay, a small but important slice of America’s musical history has vanished. Enter concerned ex-ravers who are working to restore those thumpy beats and archive them online.

Let’s face it, the Library of Congress doesn’t know Acid Boy from Avril Lavigne, and so it falls to a couple of grown-up ravers to donate their time and money to the project.

The Rave Archive collects zines and music, and it welcomes submissions from other would-be archivists.

Of course electronic music hasn’t gone anywhere, but there’s a huge difference between a giant expensive festival and an illegal warehouse party.  —PZS

BBC:

The rave scene was a flash in the pan of American youth culture.

As the music emerged largely from small independent labels and distributed on vinyl and cassette tapes, the industry has not undertaken a broad effort to preserve what it produced.

From roughly 1991 to 2000, untold young people across the country packed into nightclubs, warehouses, catering halls - anywhere that could hold a sound system and a few hundred sweaty teenagers - and danced through the night.

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By dave curiel, November 9, 2011 at 11:07 am Link to this comment
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It wasn’t “small” to start with, but I’m glad it never became really commercial. However, electronic “rave” style music is now ubiquitous, specially in tv commercials and music scores, movies, tv shows, etc. Rave music remains as the last important youth/ music/ artistic phenomenon of the millennium it was digital revolution. Rave music dates back to 1990-91 (or before)and it was going strong until 02 or so. Good techno is still made today.
Rave culture included fashion, and graphic design, digital animation, and even some toy design, environment, and furniture design. It was innovative and different from -anything- else done before. A true original youth artistic movement, drawing inspiration from japanimation, digital technology, space travel.

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