22 Photos That Show Just How Insane '90s Rave Culture Really Was
Peace. Love. Unity. Respect.
In the 1990s, the rave was a sacred haven for peace, love, unity, and respect.
Photographer Michael Tullberg was a witness to the sights and sounds, and his new book Dancefloor Thunderstorm, reveals his first-hand account of what '90s rave culture was really about. Here, Michael shares pictures from the book and tells BuzzFeed the stories behind the photos.
"To the left, Norman Cook, a.k.a. Fatboy Slim, is rocking the Hollywood Palladium at the height of his 'Rockafella Skank' period in 1998. On the right, Legendary DJ Frankie Bones is the man who was probably most responsible for transplanting raves from the UK to the US. Here he steals the show at the L.A. 1999 New Years Eve rave 'Together As One' at the L.A. Sports Arena."
"The picture on the left is titled Quad Happiness. The title says it all. To the right, DJ Sandra Collins and Superstar DJ Keoki, hanging out at an after-party in his artist complex in downtown L.A., March 1999."
"On the left, The Chemical Brothers, during a cover shoot for Insider magazine. The right picture is of John Digweed at the Viper Room. Johnny Depp’s old club actually hosted a great house music night for three years, believe it or not."
"On the left is what I think is one of my most iconic rave shots. I used Kodak EIR color infra-red film, which produced the huge color shift that turned the trees scarlet. The bold primary colors make the image almost look like a lithograph in a way. It was shot in the mountains north of L.A. at about 7:00 in a 1998 morning. On the right, is a good example of the dynamic atmosphere one could enjoy in their own personal space at a rave. I took this one at the old Magic Wednesdays club on Hollywood Boulevard."
"On the right, DJ Mick Cole of the Bud Brothers provides the music, which could produce an effect within one’s head quite similar to what you see in this photograph. If the conditions were right and it really was all good, sometimes truly wonderful, even spiritual experiences occurred on the dance floor. To the right is my interpretation of one of those transcendent moments."