Raves vs. the Government
The first amendment of the constitution is the Freedom to assemble, however Senator Joseph Biden sponsored a bill called the Reducing Americans' Vulnerability to Ecstasy Act (R.A.V.E. Act). With 10 other senators co-sponsoring the bill including Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, it failed to pass on Oct 10 2002 and Jan 7 2003. No more than 3 months later the house and senate passed the Illicit Drug Anti-Proliferation Act (formerly known as the RAVE Act) as an attachment to the child abduction-related Amber Alert Bill. The bill was worded differently and passed without a public hearing.
If a rave promoter were to provide a chill room to relax from dancing to the high energy DJ music, sell water to pay for the entertainment, or sell glow sticks for dancing, the promoter would have to pay a civil penalty of $250,000 or "2 times the gross receipts, either known or estimated, that were derived from each violation that is attributable to the person." The fine would be whichever was greater. They are afraid that raves are providing an environment for ecstasy users, but rave promoters are just trying to help DJs promote their music. As a DJ, it’s hard to find work at clubs for some genre’s of techno music. All of us DJs start at raves, it’s the only way you learn to mix and also feel the energy of the crowd.
The term rave has been around since the 1960’s Mod youth culture in London, England. The word "rave" was part of the title of an electronic music performance event held on January 28th 1967 at London's Chalk Farm roundhouse. The official title of the event was the "Million Volt Light and Sound Rave". The event featured the only known public airing of an experimental sound collage created for the occasion by Paul McCartney and John Lennon. The Legendary Carnival Of Lights recording was created from this performance. Without these kinds of events, music and entertainment would not have grown to what it is today. A rave now provides the same...