There’s a glory to whacking open a thick paperback cover of raised black title design, of a typical hand-drawn skyline and musical quavers, atop a gradient pink to blue. Through it, you discover far more than the pure basic beauty of a movement’s pre-Photoshop days. It’s a joy to get inside the early flyers via the archive of DJ Mario “Liv It Up” Luna, in Brandon Johnson’s new book, Beyond Heaven: Chicago House Party Flyers From 1983-1989.
From cardboard flyers on bedroom walls, to posters on city centre fences, artwork has long been a key part of the global electronic music scene. Now an online archive of classic rave posters and flyers has emerged, ensuring some of this creative output will be preserved for all time.
Hosted on Are.na, and compiled by a man named Martin Murphy, the extensive collection of imagery features some iconic parties from the 1990s, such as Dreamscape, Dance Planet, Pleasuredome and Fusion.
A new book compiled by Mike Pendegast features the rave posters he collected while attending UK events in the late 1980s and early ‘90s. While no release date has been confirmed, the book has been entitled, 'Flying Over England: Rave Flyer Art Of The Early 90s'.