Los Angeles Rave Flyers Collection MS-0553

Adam Burkhart
Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA 92182-8050

Contributing Institution: Special Collections & University Archives
Title: Los Angeles Rave Flyers Collection, 1990s-2000s
Identifier/Call Number: MS-0553
Physical Description: 0.79 Linear Feet
Date (inclusive): 1990-2000
Language of Material: English .

Scope and Contents

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.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for access.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Source of Acquisition


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Preferred Citation

Identification of item, box number, Los Angeles Rave Flyers Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, San Diego State University Library.

Historical Note

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 and home to large numbers of 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.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Raves (Parties)--California--Los Angeles--Pictorial Works
Counterculture--California--Los Angeles--Pictorial works