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These Photos Show The UK's Iconic '90s Rave Scene

“It illustrated the power of dance music to unite and create community.”

In the late ’80s and early ’90s, raves were a political force as well as a musical movement. Just ask raver-turned-rave archivist Mattko, whose new book Exist to Resist traces the parties and protests that took place in the UK between 1989 and 1997 through a series of essays and photographs. In his words, the photographs bear witness to a scene where resistance was the act of “thinking and feeling independently—and acting on those thoughts and beliefs to stand up for something that’s worthwhile.” Check out some of the photos below.

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Read more: How a bunch of ravers changed Berlin forever in 1991

(Via Vice)