In the 1990s, an incredible revolution swept across dance floors worldwide. It was an underground revolution called the rave scene, where thousands of electronic music fans gathered at secret events across the country, and partied well into the morning to the most cutting edge beats on the planet. Many had their lives changed in often positive and profound ways, thanks in no small part to the rave scene’s warm and embracing nature. It was a social movement unlike any other, the most significant since the rise of hip-hop.
However, in the mainstream media’s eye, the rave scene also became one of the most controversial ones in the country. Partly due to their inability to penetrate the scene’s secretive nature, the media’s coverage of electronic music became very much "anti-rave" in nature. As a result, the views of the fans of the music--the backbone of any music or social scene—were largely ignored or dismissed, along with the genre in general. This is something that many in the scene have chafed at since, and which has brought about the creation of a new groundbreaking book about this wonderful culture.
THE RAVER STORIES PROJECT is the book that reveals the rave scene as it really was and is, compiled and edited by one of the ultimate rave insiders—dance music photojournalist Michael Tullberg. Having worked for virtually all of the major electronic music magazines of the period, Tullberg has been very dissatisfied with the public’s perception of raving. In late 2016, he put out a Call for Story Submissions to the electronic music community, asking for their most memorable, exciting and even transformative experiences in the rave scene. The response he got was nothing less than phenomenal.
Tullberg received stories from around the world, ranging in time from the original UK rave explosion in the late 1980s until the present day. The scope of the stories is impressively wide, including warehouse parties, desert raves, mansion parties, underground clubs, and much more. Tales came in about the over-the-top lunacy of Electric Daisy Carnival, the elite VIP room at Ministry Of Sound London, and the desert wastes of Burning Man. The personal experiences of the raver authors are often eye-opening, such as the stories from survivors of emotional and physical abuse who found solace in the healing arms of the rave scene. One account is from a Chicano DJ/producer who credits the rave scene from saving him from the clutches of gang life. Another tells about when a desert party gets blasted by a midnight sandstorm. Along the way, the reader can also see the growth and development of the scene itself, from its underground beginnings to the mammoth festivals of today. This makes THE RAVER STORIES PROJECT a critical account of the evolution of electronic music entertainment.
THE RAVER STORIES PROJECT contains thirty essays over 248 pages. It is the genuine article, a true representation of a cultural and musical explosion.