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Sounds of then, sounds of now: Popular music in Australia

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"This is not a rave" - Changes in the commercialised Melbourne rave/dance party

by Christine Siokou and David Moore

Youth Studies Australia, v.27, n.3, pp.50-57.

Summary: Raves have been the subject of sociological research for many years, with their increasing commercialisation being a key topic of interest. However, little attention has been paid to how young people attending raves view the changes in rave culture. This article examines four of the changes associated with the commercialisation of the Melbourne rave/dance party scene. It also examines representations of past and present raves/dance parties articulated by a group of long-term rave/dance party attendees. Nostalgic representations of past rave forms can be read as claims to subcultural capital, to the possession of an 'authentic' rave identity.

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