Techno Shuffle by Paul Fleckney is one man's quest for belonging, through rave. Fleckney is a writer, educator and researcher and teaches urban planning at the University of Melbourne.
A rave enthusiast, when Fleckney realised he could be a part of a subculture that transformed the lives of thousands of young Melbournians, he went about and produced Techno Shuffle, a new book that traces rave's evolution from tiny underground clubs to vast events that sparkled with creativity. Meet the personalities and places that shaped a subculture, and learn about the bitter rivalries, the internet and a city on the move that ultimately broke it down.
Unfolding against a backdrop of Post-war migration, gay and lesbian rights, the AIDS crisis, Australian drinking culture, the Melbourne gangland killings and the global ascendancy of dance music; come the '90s, rave teaches the value of freedom, community and respect. Read the first chapter here. Bookings are essential, though you don't need to bring a ticket with you to the event.