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It doesn’t detract from the rest of the book, though. Fever, he argued, “made disco safe for white, straight, male, young and middle-class America. I do think, however, that Echols needed to have a broader range of knowledge regarding what trends were popular in the discotheques.

Echols is trying to explain the radical potential of disco but not render it immune to critique, and give us a solid theoretical perspective without ever straying far from what people were actually listening to. Favorite memories of disco: Also, when talking about the influence of disco on current popular music, I wasn’t really convinced: 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.

Prior to the ecohls a real man certainly wouldn’t blow dry his hair much less use hair care products and moisturizers and various kind of makeup as men do now. I’m not sure myself, but it’s something a lot more interesting to aliice about rather than focusing on rock is allice for sturf guys see you later Living Color – you don’t matter and chicks like boppy pop bye bye Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney – you’re not guys so you can’t make rock.

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She atuff in Highland Park, New Jersey. 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. This made punk imminently more attractive, if only because it was guaranteed to outrage echops and to violate expectations and you’ve gotta love that.


Read more Read less. If you also want nuanced discussion that places disco in its own sociocultural milieu and offers detailed analysis of its impact both past and future and of what the rise and fall to ri This was good, but not as good as I expected it to be.

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Echols is careful to avoid sweeping generalizations, so the focus on cultural changes works as a thread to hold the book together. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. There were many stories here I had never heard before. I learned that the famous “Disco Break” the break in the music before you whip the dance crowd back into a frenzy comes from gospel music.

Account Options Sign in. Props to the author for having an encyclopedic knowledge of her subject though. The story of disco has several strands both musical and culturalwhich the author elucidates with considerable flourish, while successfully regenerating the feel of the era.

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Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. I knew she would bring an interesting perspective to disco culture.

Some reviewers have found the book academic, but I found it quite accessible. Very interesting but I was moving through it slowly so putting it aside for now. Studio 54, Disco, and the Culture of the Night. Echols, but probably Stuuff want something different than this book really is. In this, she is mostly successful, and although I can see where she might be faulted for being too academic, not academic, etc.

Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture

It is, after all, a non-fiction book and not a bit of fluff in People magazine. But it does put Disco into historical perspective and explains how it empowered marginalized groups and brought them into the mainstream. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

Apparently she was also a disco dj for a time. Bruce Villanch described as a “Vegas showgirl version of a voodoo priest. 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 tsuff the dance floor with daisies.


The s are associated with identity politics, but they ere also a time when numbers of gay men, African Americans, and women ditched predictable social scripts.

Turn the Beat Around. My only complaint is that I couldn’t get “Stayin’ Alive” out of my head after reading the Saturday Night Fever chapter. The book inspired me to seek out music I’d never listened to before such as the Philly soul of the early 70s that created a template for the disco sound.

Disco was the music of “jouissance”-blissful pleasure. However, Echols points out women found an outlet for cultivation and promotion of their own sexuality within disco, while sexual exchange in the s operated as a commodity for sale and exchange. 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. Very much worth the read, and I intend to work my way through Echols’ playlists as well.

What does that mean in a broader social context?

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

Learn more about Amazon Prime. 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. Echols argues through the well-known images of disco that the genre and its culture reshaped American life by empowering various groups In the thirty years since it supposedly died, disco music and its culture have remained fodder for anecdotes about a forgettable decade in U.

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. Echols falls into the unfortunate trap of many writers of musical history – she spends page after page detailing the production history of song after song ad infinitum.