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Author gives a unique point of view as she was a DJ for many years.
Less skillful are her chapters on women and disco and the one on black masculinity both of which miss the mark and the depth of her analysis elsewhere in the book. Love Saves the Day: She shows how dancing was transformative not only for individuals but for subcultures who came together through the music and dancing to transform the world they lived in.
In the way it veered between “some version of hellish and some version of swellish,” the musical seemed to replicate gay life in these years. This made punk imminently more attractive, if only because it was guaranteed to outrage somebody and to violate expectations and you’ve gotta love that. Very true in this book. With characteristic stylistic verve and scholarly acumen, Echols trolls the edges of our culture’s underbelly to discern its central place in politics and economics.
I felt like I was reading a college textbook its written by a professor at Rutgers so this is not surprising – I learned a few good trivia items but it just didnt interest me enough to finish it. I found the beginning very slooooow – the parts about the music technology were a snooze for me – but then it became very interesting.
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Overall this is an interesting book and it obviously gave me a lot to think about.
However–her discussion of race, gender and sexuality is eye-opening, particular on the origins of disco in gay culture and the “macho” component of disco culture. Great all-encompassing history of disco, with special focus on disco and GLBT, disco and women, and disco and Black Americans. Sep 05, Richard rated it it was amazing Shelves: Disco does NOT suck. Ran into some old friends and danced the night away.
Don’t echolz a Kindle? Disco and the Remaking of American Culture. 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. A fun read, I learned a bunch and enjoyed just about every page of it!
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Her deepimmersion in the subjects of her research, thorough oral histories, and extensive archival investigation flesh out her absolutely original critical insights. This book is somewhat academic and traces the roots of disco from beginning to end though some think it hasn’t ended.
Sep 06, Rj rated it it was amazing. The Hip Hop Wars: This proved to be a fascinating look at disco and its effect on African-American, gay, and feminist thinking in the s. It taught me a lot about disco and the culture of the s, as well as having a pretty rocking playlist.
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I was never into the s disco scene and didn’t really know too much about it or how huge it really was socially or Very much worth the read, and I intend to work my way through Echols’ playlists as well. Aug 15, John rated it really liked it. Props to the author for having an encyclopedic knowledge of her subject though. Get to Know Us. Echols’ careless dismissal of criticisms of disco for being all the things my teenage self thought it was – yes, disco is ear candy and there’s a place for that, but I’m suspicious of anything the corporate musical world and its radio shills want to shove down my throat – I may be more broadminded in my musical tastes, but I still maintain a healthy wariness about the virtue of what corporations are trying to sell me today.
Informative and entertaining; a fantastic book for anyone interested not only in disco but also American culture in the 70s.
She probes the complex relationship between disco and the era’s major movements: Interestingly, there is a playlist included, but it’s at the back of the book.
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