Mar 9, 2014
Saving the Rave From Extinction
Posted on Nov 8, 2011
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
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