Because It's Friday: The Rave Archive
Image via Gonzalo Valenzuela, Wikimedia Commons.
Rave's Golden Age may have come and gone but the mixtapes, memories and pictures of ecstatic clubbers with eyes like giant squid live on thanks to the efforts of the collective at the Rave Archive.
Thousands of underground zines from across the world are collected here alongside a comprehensive selection of downloadable mixes to document the '90s dance music community. It's awesome stuff if you ever wondered what life was like when the British Parliament went so far as to ban public gatherings that featured dancing to 'music with repetitive beats' through the Criminal Justice Bill in the hopes of foiling the growing rave scene. Like jazz, rock and roll and hip-hop before it, rave culture soon found its way to the mainstream and the outlaw spirit moved on - not before giving us these incredible treats though.
Reach for the lasers.