New book from photographer Werner Amann captures the “golden era” of rave

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A new photobook has been published, which captures the energy and culture of raving in the early ‘90s through a series of portraits.

Taken at hundreds of club nights, raves and afterparties from Berlin, Frankfurt, Dortmund, New York, Paris, Riccione and ZurichKein Morgan documents the people of the parties through over 15,000 “close up and emotional” portraits, according to the book’s description.

The photographs were shot by Werner Amann with accompanying words written by Leif Randt, and the book is published by Spector Books.

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Shots from legendary clubs and events feature, including Berlin’s Tresor, Love Parade, Mayday in Dortmund, Frankfurt’s Omen (founded by Sven Väth), E-Work, Limelight, Tunnel and Sound Factory.

Last year, to celebrate its 30th birthday Tresor released a photobook Tresor: True Stories. It featured photographs from throughout the history of the club alongside compiling stories from partygoers.

The book also tells the story of the club being discovered by Dimitri Hegemann, Achim Kohlberger and Johnnie Stieler, after coming across the abandoned vaults that now made up the club’s original space. After opening in 1991, the club operated there until 2005, when it was forced to close down but reopened in 2007 at its present location on Köpernicker Strasse.

Take a tour through Tresor’s original location below:

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The club’s record label arm also announced a reissue series to go alongside the celebrations, including reissuing much of electro legends Drexciya’s back catalogue. Last month (January 2023), it repressed a classic 2002 solo album from former member James Stinson, ‘The Cosmic Memoirs Of The Late Great Rupert J. Rosinthrope’, made under his Shifted Phases alias.

Click here to order Kein Morgan.

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Written by: Tim Hopkins

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