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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Smallfry Press (Sept. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0968572103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0968572108
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 993,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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apparently this book is being used as a text in university courses in the states. its obvious the author is viewing and describing the scene objectively, but also as an insider who loves the music, the people and the culture! nice to read a book about rave culture that doesnt descend into patronising anti-drug 'youth of today' ranting.
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I came across this book when I was getting my materials ready for my MA dissertation.

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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HASH(0x8ce6cd90) out of 5 stars The Definitive Guide to Raves 10 Oct. 2000
By Don Berns - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have been raving now for over 10 years all over the world; I have read several books on the subject, but I have never read one that "gets it" as well as "Rave Culture." Those people who have been to and enjoyed a real rave will nod their heads in agreement with what Jimi Fritz has to say; those who have not been to a rave but perhaps pre-judge these legitimate cultural events based on what they read in newspapers or see on TV, will now have the opportunity to understand what a rave really is and why it is a legitimate form of cultural and generational expression. The thoroughness of the book is also a plus: from the history of the events and the music to the fashion, art, dj's and even cost of putting on an event, "Rave Culture" has it all, presented in an intelligent, thoughtful way. I have no idea what agenda "Sir One" from Seattle has, but he has either never been to a rave or has chosen to review the cover for this book rather than the content. Take it from someone who has been there (many times): this is the one book about raving that strikes true and should be praised as such.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ce6cde4) out of 5 stars Ideological Manifesto - No Deep Analysis Here 2 Jan. 2005
By Zen Nataraj - Published on
Format: Paperback
I read this book during my doctoral studies on rave culture during the late 1990s. It is not among my favorites books, but Fritz does deliver his goal: to provide an "insider's overview" (as the book subtitle says). It genuinely reflects the 1990s rave P.L.U.R. ideology of pure sentimentalism and naive optimism.

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.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ce6d21c) out of 5 stars Informative, Interesting, Entertaining, and Accurate 20 Nov. 2000
By Falon - Published on
Format: Paperback
I first met Jimi at a rave in Victoria and thought he was someones dad coming to find them. A few weeks later I went to a rave for my birthday called Evolution,and it turned out to be his birthday celebration. I got a chance to talk with him and a friend got me a copy of his book, signed by him. This book has everything you would ever want to know about raves. From the history of the music, to fashion, to drug use and misuse. He talks about raves around the world, what they cost to put on, how they started...everything. He was careful in defining EVERY kind of "techno" or electronica music around. The best part about this book by far is the message of raves, which he makes crystal clear. Honestly this book is as good a reference book as it is interesting and entertaining. It is easy to read and oh so informative. If you rave regularly or, have never been, this book definately worth reading.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ce6d5e8) out of 5 stars Inside the rave 25 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Prior to reading "Rave Culture, an Insider's Overview," I had only been introduced to the music behind the whole rave scene. After reading the book, one realizes that there is so much more out there to experience. Simply put, this book motivates a person to attend a rave and see what this book is all about. Specifically, the book is an excellent resource for those who are not sure if the rave scene is for them. Additionally, it provides useful information for parents who have children who attend raves, and who might be worried about all the negative publicity surrounding raves. As an avid fan of the scene, I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8ce6d378) out of 5 stars An important voice for rave culture. 14 April 2001
By Pat Younger - Published on
Format: Paperback
I love this book! Forget all the uninformed media hysteria about raves & read this book! Here's a chance to hear from the other side! "Rave Culture" is a refreshingly insightful & informative book about raves as I came to know them & hopefully an important, antidote to the ongoing media dis/misinformation that threatens this precious grassroots expression of life & hope & love! You will surely end up reading this very pleasantly & articulately written book more than once. If you would like some relatively unencumbered insight into the important social relevance & the various origins & elements of rave, well, this book is it, a truely informative must read for anyone interested in seeing past what has too often been a shamefully limited & negative media perspective on this important social phenomenon, written by one with an intimate, intelligent & well-rounded relationship with this scene. Sorry if this comes off sounding like some kind of hype, but I am truely grateful to see such accessible information on a subject that is so dear to my heart (& important to my psychological/spiritual survival & well-being). Thank you Jimi!
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