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Los Angeles Rave Flyers Collection, 1990s-2000s

Identifier: MS-0553

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.


  • 1990-2000

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for access.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in some or all of these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creator(s) of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of archival collections is such that multiple creators are often applicable and copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. In any case, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, obtaining publication rights and copyright infringement. When requesting images from Special Collections & University Archives for publication, we require a signed agreement waiving San Diego State University of any liability in the event of a copyright violation.

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.


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