For your reading pleasure: the DEA explains ‘rave parties’
Since the meteoric rise of rave culture in the early ’90s, adults everywhere have been confounded by the nuances of the scene. From the classic mantra (PLUR, bro!), to “kandi” bracelets and pseudo psychedelic visuals, rave culture is a thing of delicate — and often inexplicable — beauty.
Thanks to a recent FOIA request, the Drug Enforcement Agency has coughed up a raucous summary of “The Rave and Club Culture/Designer Drugs” for public viewing. The 2001 document was unearthed as part of MuckRock’s efforts to investigate the questionable relationship between the “godfather of ecstasy” Alexander Shulgin and the government agency in question and details just how adults in law enforcement go about explaining this mystifying sub culture to one another.
The report is based on intel gathered by a retired detective who frequented raves from 1992-2001. The detective provides fantastic commentary on the inner workings of “rave culture.” Take for example, this summary of rave culture:
The DEA’s report also details the various types of music young kids listen to in case an agent might need to identify such in the field.
There are several sections in the document which endeavor to explain the mystifying idiosyncrasies of raver style from pacifiers to kandi, to where exactly the kids are getting dressed.
Or these gems, filed under “Miscellaneous rave culture.”
Check out the full document here.