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This book is pretty good, but there are things missing here and things that are too detailed and places where I disagree with Ms.

Plus, who doesn’t love a bonus playlist?! In this incisive history, Alice Echols captures the felt experience of the Disco Years—on dance floors both fabulous and tacky, at the movies, in the streets, and beneath the sheets. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Selected pages Page 2. Echols focuses on a variety of groups to emphasize how racial, sexual, and class intersections in the s played out through the expansion of disco music and clubs and argues disco acted as a form of pop music that offered greater social opportunities within American culture.

Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture by Alice Echols

Write one successful vampire romance series and it will be immediately followed with dozens of other formulaic vampire romance series. Apr 26, Monica rated it it was amazing. In this, she is mostly successful, and although I can see where she might be faulted for being ecnols academic, not academic, etc.

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Now that I’m teaching the history of popular music, I find that I need to negotiate the social sciences perspective of the music along with the musicology perspective, wchols is by turns enlightening and frustrating.


In the thirty years since it supposedly died, disco music and its culture have remained fodder for stuvf about a forgettable decade in U. It looked to him as though gay men were developing identical bodies fashioned for a specific activity.

Using encyclopedic knowledge of the eras’ biggest stars, she shows how all sorts of musical disco styles played a ‘central role’ in broadening the contours of ‘blackness, femininity, and male homosexuality’ in America. Aug 15, John rated it really liked it.

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Although each section focuses on a different population such as women, gay men, and rock fansshe never allows you to forget about the other groups as she goes along, weaving together a complex and intricate view of disco and s culture. Like it or not there is meat in this argument and if you’re going to dismiss it then you need to provide an alternative to it and suggesting that disco is female and rock is male is simple, but not substantive.

Nonstop music was central to the “throbbing lights, the engulfing sound, the heightened energy, and the hyberbolic heat,” which together created what gay journalist Andrew Kopkind described as the feeling that “the world is enclosed in this hall, that there is only now, in this place and time. Apr 07, Andie Nash rated it liked it.

I think this book is really good. Disco does NOT suck. The s and the Last Days of evhols Working Class. She probes the complex relationship between disco and the era’s major movements: And while disco served up plenty of songs of romantic sorrow, it fashioned itself as the new sweetish status quo in which injury and solitude were banished and the principle of sybaritic soreness ruled.

Open Preview See a Problem? There were many stories here I had never heard before. This book has its work set out for it in trying to balance the historical demands of a contradictory time period.


Return to Book Page. Guess I prefer the part of the musical sequence that turns from producer-driven music to music driven by artists.

Ran into some old friends and danced the night away. Apparently she was also a disco dj for a time. This was good, but not as good as I expected it to be. IMO this is a highly readable and not too overly academic book but i must say that i do fail into the “i was expecting more”-camp.

What does that mean in a broader social context? My only complaint is that I couldn’t get “Stayin’ Alive” out of my head after reading the Saturday Night Fever chapter. A fun read, I learned a bunch and enjoyed just about every page of it!

While it’s true that disco had humble beginnings and became mass-produced and commodified, it’s also true that that is the cycle in music and most everything else, including literature. Having spent my teenage years during this period, I was familiar with most of the music and artists discussed, although I never gave much thought to the social evolution underway.

You can see this in much of today’s hip-hop which is all about the producer and is so mechanized that musicianship is under-valued in favor of recording methods that allow producers to cut the musician right out of the picture. The book is fascinating, carried along by prose that is as sleek and slinky as its subject. Oh, I really, really liked this. Disco played a central role in this process, which broadened the counters of blackness, femininity, and male homosexuality.