A collection of 153 Los Angeles area rave flyers from the mid 1990s to the mid 2000s. Some of the biggest festivals and names
are represented, such as Electric Daisy Carnival, DJ Doc Martin and DJ Quest, and the Baka Boyz. The flyers show the evolution
of the scene from illegal house parties to professionally promoted events. The imagery is typical of the west coast rave scene,
including brightly colored flowers and cartoon characters.
The 1990s opened up new doors for music. In contrast to the dour and anti-fashion ethos of grunge rock, the emerging rave
scene celebrated bright colors, fun, and pleasure, fueled by electronic dance music and drugs, including LSD and, of course,
Ecstasy. In Los Angeles, a capitol of entertainment home to large numbers of bored suburban teens, the rave scene exploded.
Writing in 2001 for Spin magazine, David J. Prince and Todd C. Roberts described the L.A. warehouse scene, "a strange combination of post-punks, goths,
homeboys, visiting Brits, and art school refugees" congregating to the sound of British acid house. In time the fashions and
musical genres evolved, as did the scale of the raves, from small-scale underground events to massive festivals attended by
tens of thousands of partiers.
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