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Any attempt to analyze rave culture must recognize the highly personal factor of the experience The encyclopedia defines culture as the patterns of behavior and thinking that people living in social groups learn create and share Culture distinguishes one human group from others It also distinguishes humans from other animals A peoples culture includes their beliefs rules of behavior language rituals art technology styles of dress ways of producing and cooking food religion and political and economic systems Encarta 2000 When one examines any cultural movement it is always useful to examine the roots of that movement It is the history of the movement that gives us some understanding as to why we are now Rushkoff It is only when we first trace the roots that we can see the leaves clearly Rave culture can be traced back as far as you want to trace it It can be traced back to Native American religious ceremonies It can be traced back to the sixties Be-Ins and Love Ins and Acid Tests It can be traced back to anarchist revolutions in Italy and France It pulls energy from many different directions When examining the rave culture in America one reaches the unique problem of having no sources It is not documented except through tiny bits of magazine articles mentions in newspapers and through the memories of those involved The actual rave culture however combining this new music with dancing occurred in England At almost the exact same time raves started popping up in Manchester and Ibiza a noted English vacation spot in late 1987 and early 1988 Mead It was during this time that two unrelated groups began throwing all-night dance parties in England Schoom and Genesis P Orridges baby Psychic TV Schoom incorporated house music and ecstasy whereas Psychic TV took a more hardcore edge At this same time the rave phenomenon was taking hold in Germany most notably in Berlin The
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