The late 80’s and early 90’s were pivotal periods for the political dynamics of our country. A lack of jobs in the poorest of areas, a class segregation that left many disillusioned and a lack of optimism from a lot of the population. This amalgamation of depression meant everyone was really looking for something they could come together and love as a group.
The rave scene of this time period was something that ticked these boxes. New music, happy people and a real love for good times lightened what was a dark point in a lot of people’s lives. It is this movement that inspired Dylan Tai Stott for Logo Font Rave Type, bringing together some of the best nostalgic designs that are associated with this movement.
This debut publication brings together examples of vinyl records, membership cards and rave memorabilia, all put down on paper to take you back in time. The first editions each have a bespoke front cover, designed by hand in the style of club scene artwork and will also be autographed inside. A real unique feature to what is a universal time capsule.
“section 63, the 1994 criminal justice act, giving police the power to shut down events and gatherings involving music categorised as ‘a succession of repetitive beats’”
This rebellion against society brought with it pirate radio stations, DIY Warehouse parties and of course the real emergence of party drugs. People were associating with each other in situations they normally never would; rival hooligans, different races, everyone together in a love for the music.
The individual designs on each first edition design are printed with the same ink clubbers would get on their hands for entry all those years ago. Little details like this not only show Stott knows what he is talking about but also exemplifies the fact that this was not just some youths playing about and misbehaving.
This was an art movement just as important as any other, and one that still resonates today. With all the political meltdown that has happened in the past year I think a little reminder of some anti-establishment media could go a very long way.
Then, of course, when you remove yourself from all the creativity and politics, it’s just fucking cool.
The book is available in store from Jumbo Records in Leeds and BopDJ in Leeds and Bristol. It can also be bought online through the Jumbo Records website or on Ebay.