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Rave America : Inside Club Culture - Mireille Scott

Rave America

Inside Club Culture

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For the last three years, the sale of Technics 1200 turntables (used by DJs in clubs) have outstripped those of electric guitars. Raves have gone from parties involving a few hundred people to commercially sponsored festivals drawing tens of thousands of fans. Rave America is the first book devoted to this massive phenomenon. Through hundreds of interviews with DJs, recording artists, producers, promoters, drug lords, club celebrities, and nightworld casualties, this book takes readers into the deepest recesses of the electronic dance culture, uncovering secrets and stories never before seen in print. Rave America begins with a whirlwind tour of North American club culture in the 70s and 80s, then plunges into the diverse sounds, sights, and histories of some of the most vital rave territories: the deafening walls of sound of DJ Frankie Bones’s earliest New York Storm raves; the acid-fuelled dreams of San Francisco’s hippiefied Full Moon beach parties; Florida’s DJ Icey and his factions of teenage breakdancers on Ecstasy; the dark Satanic techno rituals of the Midwest’s Drop Bass Network; the twelve-hour post-aids “muscle raves” of the cross-country gay circuit parties. Rave America examines both the dreams and nightmares of a pre-millennium continent after dark. Written by noted music critic and dedicated club culturist Mireille Silcott, Rave America: Inside Club Culture will appeal to everyone from the most jaded scenester, to those who just want to uncover a bit of nighttime drama. A definite must for anyone who’s ever wondered what’s been lurking beneath the gleam of this decade’s dance floors.

Preamblep. 11
Prologue: A Midwest Raver Goes to Storm Rave -- A First-Person Accountp. 13
Musical Roots and Reinvention: From the Disco to Storm Ravep. 17
San Francisco: Peace, Love, Unity, and Utter Wickednessp. 47
Toronto, Canada: Hardcore Anglophilia and Jungle's Northern Exposurep. 75
The Midwest: White Chicago, Black Milwaukee, and the Case of the Raving Satanistsp. 99
Orlando: Killer Drugs, "Gangster Ravers," and the Florida Funky Breaks Soundp. 121
The Gay Circuit: Sex, Drugs, Hot Bodies, and Partying in the Era of AIDSp. 149
Bibliographyp. 183
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ISBN: 9781550223835
ISBN-10: 1550223836
Series: 000439241
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 188
Published: 1st September 1999
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.27