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Rave New World ITS MORE THAN JUST ECSTASY THE YOUTH CULTURE IS IN THRALL TO DEEJAYS AND FLOATS ON THE RELENTLESS BEAT OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC BY CHRISTOPHER JOHN FARLEY Its hard to talk to women at raves says Ben Wilke The big beats drown out small talk If you really need to you can go to a chill-out room for get-to-know-you conversation And if you really need them theres a moderate amount of drugs says the 17-year-old from Houston But for him raves are all about the music Says Wilke Real party kids dont do drugs We go to dance and have a good time He goes on A lot of people dont understand it but the guitar things been done Electronic music is all I listen to It beats my heart First we had the Beat Generation now we have the Beats-per-Minute Generation And its not just about ecstasy Simply defined a rave is a party--often an all-night-long party--at which some form of electronic or techno music is played usually by a deejay A rave can be as small as 25 people or larger than 25000 And while raves have been around for a decade the rituals visuals and sounds associated with raves have finally started to exert a potent influence on pop music advertising and even computer games Several new films about raves are either in theaters or coming soon including the British comedy Human Traffic and the documentaries Better Living Through Circuitry and Rise a study of the rave scene in New Orleans Says Jason Jordan co-author of Searching for the Perfect Beat a new book about raves and visual art Rave culture is youth culture right now Rave culture is affecting pop culture in ways similar to the Beat Generation--and its being misinterpreted in the same way says Greg Harrison director of the new movie Groove a fictional take on the rave scene In the case of
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