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No trivia or quizzes yet. I found the beginning very slooooow – the parts about the music technology were a snooze for me – but then it became very interesting. Disco does NOT suck. 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. Echols is careful to avoid sweeping generalizations, so the focus on cultural changes works as a thread to hold the book together.

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

Or at least no one bold enough to swim against the current to defend their disco gripes in the face of the transparent racism, sexism, and homophobia which are latent in the blanket hate of disco over any other contemporary forms of music. Echols argues through the well-known images of disco that the genre and its culture reshaped American life by empowering various groups Wlice the thirty years since it supposedly died, disco music and its culture have remained fodder for anecdotes about a forgettable decade in U.

Add both to Cart Add both to List. It takes the time frame of disco from the mid seventies to its demise in the early eighties and threads disco through its importance in ethnicity, sexual orientation and social class consciousness.

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I agree with Echols’ dismissal of the tendency of historians who focus on music of the seventies to dismiss disco because it was heavily commodified and to harken back to the good old days when the form was pure and wonderful and everyone skipped together to the happy music holding hands and strewing the dance floor with daisies.


While the relationship between “going out and coming out” an between consumer capitalism and gay liberation was deep and reciprocal, it was not untroubled. It looked to him as though gay men were developing identical bodies fashioned for a specific activity. Start reading Hot Stuff: Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Well-researched and fun to read, Echols’ real-life experience as a deejay adds authority to this book.

Everyone samples, and remixes to the 12″ market, repetition has pretty much supplanted “creative lyrics” in just about every marketed genre, and gay is great in all things entertainment, and clubs are pretty much although not nearly entirely post-racially” integrated, so there’s no longer a reason to hate on disco!

Several people have told me that when they read this, they noticed that San Francisco was not the way she described all discos as being. Disco and the Remaking of American Culture. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.

aliec Fever, he argued, “made disco safe for white, straight, male, young and middle-class America. An interesting examination of ’70s culture! Refresh and try again. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Sep 09, Eli rated it really liked it.

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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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The world is more complex than this particular dichotomy and with music that zlice and continues to be popular in transgendered communities that dichotomy seems pretty worthless.

Set up a giveaway. Definitely a “for work” book.

No longer able to count on cheap and bountiful energy, plentiful jobs, and military invincibility, Americans approached the hoy of the late Carter years with a kind of angry bewilderment. In Hot Stuff, she finds disco to be crucial for understanding what happened in s America. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Very interesting but I was moving through it slowly so putting it aside for now.

I just finished reading Hot Stuff: 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 Great overview of before, during and after the disco era.


Love Saves the Day: As someone who lived through the era, but was a clueless teenager at the time, this was eye-opening and engrossing. This represents a shift in consciousness and Echols explicates this with skill. Good reading if you either loved disco or hated it.

Disco and the Remaking of American Culture. A specialist of the s, Echols is a professor at the University of Southern California. If you’re interested in music and how it works in the world this is a great book for stufc, even if it doesn’t do everything it could have. A loose chronological organization weaves the chapters nearly seamlessly, and each section describes a different component to disco culture before discussing how it is interwoven with the stuvf.

Disco and the Remaking of American Culture is an interpretative rather than a comprehensive history, one that focuses on these very shifts in identity and representation and the debates they triggered. I found myself looking up different artists on youtube, and I recommend reading this book with a computer nearby. Her deepimmersion in the subjects of her research, thorough oral histories, and extensive archival investigation flesh out her absolutely original critical insights. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, stutf it in, give it a second life.

By the mid seventies a sizeable number of onetime liberals, dubbed neoconservatives, were joining together with longtime conservatives to mobilize “Middle America” against abortion rights, affirmative action, school busing, sex education, the Equal Rights Amendment, welfare, and “criminal coddling” civil liberties.

Book moves into hip hop, punk, electronica, trance, and so on. 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. To Disco, with Love: Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

If you’re looking for a fairly academic review of the disco period with detailed information on specific artists and songs, this is your book.