With a legacy in dance music, author Michael Tullberg delivers a beautiful book of essays about being a raver and the common threads that bind us all. The various authors of the book reveal their personal experiences and deliver poignant revelations on just how life-altering and important the rave scene was, and still is, for them.
THE RAVER STORIES PROJECT is the book that reveals the rave scene as it really was and is, compiled and edited by one of the ultimate rave insiders—dance music photojournalist Michael Tullberg. Having worked for virtually all the major electronic music magazines of the period, such as URB, MIXER, BPM Culture and Insider, Tullberg has long been dissatisfied with the mainstream public's negative perception of raving. In late 2016, he put out a Call for Story Submissions to the electronic music community, asking for their most memorable, exciting and even transformative experiences in the rave scene. The response he got was nothing less than phenomenal.
Tullberg received stories from around the world, ranging in time from the original UK rave explosion in the late 1980s until the present day. The scope of the stories is impressively wide, including warehouse parties, desert raves, mansion parties, underground clubs, and much more. Tales came in about the over-the-top lunacy of Electric Daisy Carnival, the elite VIP room at Ministry of Sound London, and the desert wastes of Burning Man, among many others.
"There's never been an American book about electronic music like this one," said Tullberg. "Never before have fans of electronic music banded together to tell their stories of what the rave scene is really like, and why it means so much to them. For the first time, their voices can now be heard as a legitimate and productive counter to the negatively-tinged narrative found in much of the mainstream media." -Author, Michael Tullberg
The personal experiences of the raver authors are often eye-opening, such as the stories from survivors of emotional and physical abuse who found solace in the healing arms of the rave scene. One account is from a Chicano DJ and producer who credits the rave scene from saving him from the clutches of gang life. Another tells of a desert party blasted by a midnight sandstorm. Along the way, the reader experiences the growth and development of the scene itself, from its underground beginnings to the mammoth festivals of today. THE RAVER STORIES PROJECT is an important account of our collective rave history and the evolution of electronic music entertainment.
THE RAVER STORIES PROJECT contains thirty essays over 250 pages. It is the genuine article, a true representation of a cultural and musical revolution.
THE RAVER STORIES PROJECT is released under Tullberg's own 5150 Publishingimprint today, August 15th.
A release party is planned in Los Angeles on September 9. For more information click here.
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