Rave Culture: An Insider's Overview Paperback – 1 Sep 2000
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"(Fritz's) motivation is to educate and inform, and ultimately legitimize the global rave phenomenon." -- Tom Zillich, Westender Magazine.
"A great book about the global rave phenomenon and the true rave experience. Comprehensive, detailed, informative and extremely well investigated. A superb job." -- Gilbert Meyer-Gauen, DJ Magazine.
"An engaging introduction to the essential elements of rave... rave culture has found itself an eloquent new prophet." -- David Leach, Monday Magazine.
"Detailed and informative, Rave Culture tells you everything you need to know and more about the mysteries known as raves and the people who dance there." -- Anna Nobile, The Loop Magazine.
"Jimi Fritz is an intelligent, informative author and a spokesman for the jilted generation. Rave Culture is almost assured to be a hit... " -- Mike Devlin, The Times Colonist.
"Now here is a book that is representative of the scene. This book is well worth picking up." -- Alex D., Tribe Magazine.
"This man gets it; he really does. People who have never been to a rave would do well to sit down and read this book. It will explain the culture and philosophy better than any biased journalist is capable of doing." -- Dr. Trance, The Global Groove Network, 100.7fm.
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"In one of the last interviews before his tragic suicide, Abbie Hoffman was quoted as saying that the nineties would make the sixties look like the fifties. Coming from one of the most colourful, committed and effective revolutionaries in recent history , this was an intriguing and provocative prospect to think we could come full circle and re-kindle the spirit of revolution which had transformed the world more than three decades ago.
I can honestly say my experience that night (my first rave) changed my life for the better. It seemed amazing to me that this life-changing, ritualistic, cultural phenomenon was going on in almost every large urban centre in the western world and beyond, making it a truly global phenomenon. It has been estimated there are now more ravers in the world than there were hippies in the sixties. The mainstream press and media have only sporadically reported on rave culture and have consistently missed the real story, choosing instead to focus on raves as out-of-control drug fests.
If we are to grow and develop as human beings, it is essential that we strive to replace ignorance with knowledge. We must base our opinions on what we know to be true while remaining open to new truths. Resistance to new ideas is nothing new but we must first understand an idea to be able to accept or reject it. I believe something wonderful and worthwhile is happening within the culture of rave and its voice deserves to be heard above the clatter of misinformation and hysteria. In response to the largely negative and uninformed reports about rave culture, this book is intended to be a positive, realistic, general overview of the global rave scene, of interest to ravers and non-ravers alike.
We have arrived at a point in history where people are losing touch with themselves and others with disastrous effects. The young people of today are busy creating new tribal rituals as the old religions continue to lose their appeal and meaning. The rave experience is as valid and powerful as any tribal, ritual or spiritual practice from the past or present, and can serve to fulfill our basic human need to feel connected to our families, our communities and ourselves."
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This book is brilliant as it is the voice of all ravers. I had chills all over when I read this as I understood every word & feeling in the book.
Pleasure reading = 10*
Will be a good book to bring along on a holiday like Ibiza!
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In this connection, it overemphasizes rave spirituality, a common feature amid rave veterans, not found in the average weekend consumer. The book also underplays ravers' often-dreadful concerns with drug abuse. Fritz thus reflects other MDMA authors' enthusiasm with pharmacological enlightenment, since they have tried 'ecstasy' a few times only, ignoring the dystopian dimension of psychedelia.
The reader should not expect any type of sociological analysis here. The book is a manifesto, reflecting the highly optimistic mood of rave subcultures before they submerged in the early 2000s (under right-wing hegemonies and the post-9/11 doomsday scenario).
If you were a loyal raver, the book will resonate with your original experiences with rave. As an outsider, you will learn about the raver mentality from the point-of-view of an enthusiastic participant, even though 2000s electronica fans are much more realistic, skeptical and even cynical in comparison with former "candy ravers".
For a more impartial account on rave culture, we suggest Simon Reynold's "Generation Ecstasy", as well as Anthony D'Andrea's "Global Nomads", the first empirical study on the globalization of countercultures.