I'm working on a writing project partially set in the 1990's underground rave scene in America, and I'm gathering research materials -- books, movies, tv, etc -- that will help me set the stage. I'm interested in both the underground rave scene as it really was, as well as its depiction in popular media, however warped/sensationalized -- basically, anything that could help me build a fully-formed immersive world for my audience, the way
has done for its time and place.
I'd gone into the project thinking that I'd be able to rely on my personal recollection, but for some entirely inexplicable reason, my memories of those days aren't exactly the clearest.
So far, a lot of the written material I've found is more concerned with the abstract sociology of the rave phenomenon -- what-did-it-all-mean type questions, what were its cultural precursors, what social void did it fill, etc -- and while I definitely want to get into that to some degree, right now I'm more concerned with the basic infrastructure of the parties themselves, the people that organized them, the people that attended them, how they were promoted but managed to stay "underground," and of course the symbiotically connected drug culture -- ecstasy ketamine, et al.
Essentially, materials that can help me with the more pragmatic and illustrative concerns of depicting the actual minute-to-minute "slice of life" experience of what it was like to be connected to that scene at that time
[So far, I've already seen Go (1999)
, Groove (2000)
, Rolling (2007)
and own all of Simon Reynolds' writing on the subject.]
Thanks in advance for your input, MeFites!