“This new book collects vintage rave flyers, membership cards and other ephemera. Heaven in other words” – @FACTmag
On Thursday 16th October, we celebrated the launch of Chelsea Louise Berlin’s brilliant book, Rave Art at West End Lane Bookshop, West Hampstead. If you haven’t been there before, it’s a really lovely shop and the staff are so friendly – we recommend!
Rave culture originated in small, sweaty clubs and grew into enormous events with tens of thousands of people. Acid House music and ecstasy were the driving forces behind a global phenomenon that still reverberates today in music, fashion and art. Chelsea was there from the start of the London rave scene, attending many of the now legendary events. Rave Art documents that movement through the flyers, membership cards and promotional material that was handed out freely (often privately) to inform partygoers of the next venue and around 100 of the most significant and rare examples from Chelsea’s huge collection are reproduced in the book.
“Through these flyers, Chelsea actually tells the story of a generation who witnessed the birth, the heyday and then the decline of an entire subculture” – It’s Nice That
There was a great turnout for the evening with a real mix of people, including other rave memorabilia collectors, people who were there with Chelsea, partying hard and people who weren’t even born during what is probably the last significant youth culture of modern times. If you were there, wish you had been or are into rave culture now, this is a must-have book.
Rave Art | Published by Carlton Books | 9781780975955