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Rave America

New School Dancescapes

by (author) Mireille Silcott

ECW Press
Initial publish date
Nov 1999
Popular Culture, Rock
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    Publish Date
    Nov 1999
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    Publish Date
    Sep 1999
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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. The book 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. From the most jaded scenester, to those who just want to uncover a bit of nighttime drama, this book is a definite must for anyone who’s ever wondered what’s been lurking beneath the gleam of this decade’s dance floors.

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Contributor Notes

Mireille Silcott is the former music editor of the Montreal Mirror and has covered the dance music scene for MuchMusic, the CBC, and Global television networks.