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Dorothy add rave culture map to their music history poster series

Acid House Love poster joins more than 900 dots connecting the rave scene’s DJs, musicians, movers, shakers, clubs, sound systems, labels, radio stations and zines

The latest addition to UK art studio Dorothy’s music blueprint series is Acid House Love Blueprint: A History Of Dance Music And Rave Culture, a map documenting the cities, clubs and individuals behind acid house, rave and dance culture. Its main map references include Manchester’s Haçienda, New York’s Loft and Paradise Garage, Chicago’s Warehouse, Berlin’s Berghain and London's Ministry Of Sound; and key movers covered range from Frankie Knuckles, Arthur Russell, Juan Atkins and Guru Josh, to The Orb, Aphex Twin, Roni Size and Faithless. In total, the map connects over 900 DJs, musicians, clubs, free parties, sound systems, record labels and more.

“The screen print took a massive eight months to design (it was a real labour of love),” says Ali, from Dorothy. “We were lucky enough to meet two of our Haçienda heroes – Greg Wilson and Graeme Park – during the course of designing the print who helped fill in some of the gaps and make suggestions on content.”

Other topics covered in the Blueprint series include histories of alternative music and hiphop. Screen printed in blue or yellow, Acid House Love Blueprint: A History Of Dance Music And Rave Culture costs £35 at wearedorothy.com.