I can remember a time before the internet. However, being pre-pubescent and living in Shropshire, where the nearest thing to a nightclub was the village school disco, I don't get all misty eyed over tales of 'real raves' and acid house. My mum, however, does.
All images are various flyers Chelsea collected during her years as a raver
I envy her for that, and have always felt that my first tales of debauchery, wild nights, House music, and intoxicants veered towards being embarrassingly tame in comparison.
If you are a little older than me, grew up in London, and can recall those first small clubs amalgamating with the music, the sweat, the enthusiasm and the ecstasy, before growing into tens of thousands of enormous raves then you will be able to thoroughly appreciate the progression through the clubs, the venues, the music and the art that is portrayed in Chelsea Berlin's nostalgic 'Rave Art'.
This book documents the whole movement through the flyers, membership cards and promotional material that was handed out freely (or sometimes privately) to inform partygoers of the next venue. Flyer design became an art form, and this book contains hundreds of the most significant and rare examples from Chelsea’s huge collection.
Together with personal reminiscences and quotes from famous, infamous and not-so-famous attendees, this is a vivid picture of the last significant youth culture movement of modern times.
So, whether you're flicking through with happy, disjointed memories or disdain for coming of age in the humble noughties, definitely have a peak at this publication and give a little nod to that time before the internet when nights out were proper and you didn't hear about 'em through Facebook.
Better still, we’re giving you the chance to win a copy of the book. To enter click here.