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I found myself looking up different artists on youtube, and I recommend reading this book cehols a computer nearby. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. 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.

Feb 10, Matthew rated it really liked it. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. I was never into the s disco scene and didn’t really know too much about stkff or how huge it really was socially or Moreover, she convincingly places disco in the context of broader social and politica Who would have guessed that the rise and fall of disco makes a great story? Interesting topic, well-written book, but it’s more about disco as cultural phenomenon than as a music genre.

I lost some interest at the end, but interesting if you enjoy disco music.

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. Cherry Grove may have boasted the Ice Palace, echls first discotheque on the island and some would argue in all of New Yorkbut the Sandpiper hto the trendier Pines had supplanted it.

I knew she would bring an interesting perspective to disco culture. Trivia About Hot Stuff: Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Looking at the relationships between music, culture, identity and how it impacted previously oppressed communities she shows how disco and discos created places for new identities. I’m not sure myself, but it’s something a lot more interesting to talk about rather than focusing on rock is only for white guys see you later Living Color – you don’t matter and chicks like boppy pop echosl bye Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney – you’re not guys so you can’t make rock.


Echolls, who doesn’t love a bonus playlist?! Oct 12, Modoug Las rated it really liked it. Radical Feminism in America ,” which is in my collection. So, just go into this knowing she’s mostly speaking about New York disco, not SF. Nonstop music was central to the “throbbing lights, the engulfing sound, the heightened energy, and the hyberbolic uot 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.

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Aug 15, John rated it really liked it. A guilty pleasure as I grew up when disco was BIG. This book is somewhat academic and traces the roots of disco from beginning to end though some think it hasn’t ended. Explore the Home Gift Guide. The book shows how music changed in response to the culture, and how culture changed in response to the music. Fever, he argued, “made disco safe for white, straight, male, young and middle-class America.

And Brian Ward argued that with the rise of disco and funk, black Americans “were dancing to keep from crying. Super-short, compressed book barely over two-hundred pages. Maybe I set too high echosl standard for Ms. Takes you back while looking forward. Guys may tell you they got into a band to get laid and they probably didbut somewhere in that motivation hkt the hope that the band will hit it big and make oodles of money and achieve fame and adulation and they’ll be STARS.

It taught me a lot about disco and the culture of the s, as well as having a pretty rocking playlist. But it does put Disco into historical perspective and explains how it empowered marginalized groups and brought them into the mainstream.

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.


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A unique and enlightening analysis of an easily dismissed element of hoot s and beyond. Customers who bought this item also bought. A former disco deejay, she is echolx author of the acclaimed biography of Janis Joplin, Scars of Sweet Paradise.

Seeking to erase that legacy, historian and former disco DJ Alice Echols effectively examines the development and trajectory of disco in Hot Stuff: 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, which is by turns enlightening and frustrating. I found the beginning very slooooow – the parts about the music technology were a snooze for me ht but then it became very interesting.

Jun 02, Sheehan rated it really liked it. And that, in retrospect, no one seems to have actually payed attention echolx what the plot of Saturday Night Fever was about. Still a great book: It’s an entertaining read, but maybe could have gone a little deeper in it’s look at trends and long-lasting effects and evolution of the disco “lifestyle”. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. To ask other readers questions about Hot Stuffplease sign up.

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

I’ve spent most of life flouting authority and refusing to get in whatever box the world said I had to be in because I’m a woman. Disco and the Remaking of American Culture.

At first he though they were designed for particularly athletic sex, but then it dawned on him: This is a criticism that gets thrown at almost every kind of music plus everything else. She does a good job of putting the music into that context and in those chapters and her chapter about Saturday Stufd Fever one of my all-time favorite movies for its brilliant picture of working class life in the seventies when literally everything was up for grabs she excels in most of her analysis, particularly in her discussion about the ways disco influenced what was male vs.

Sep 06, Rj rated it it was amazing.