Turn the Beat Around: The Secret History of Disco

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Macmillan, 2006 - Music - 369 pages
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A long-overdue paean to the predominant musical form of the 70s and a thoughtful exploration of the culture that spawned it
Disco may be the most universally derided musical form to come about in the past forty years. Yet, like its pop cultural peers punk and hip hop, it was born of a period of profound social and economic upheaval. In "Turn the Beat Around," critic and journalist Peter Shapiro traces the history of disco music and culture. From the outset, disco was essentially a shotgun marriage between a newly out and proud gay sexuality and the first generation of post-civil rights African Americans, all to the serenade of the recently developed synthesizer. Shapiro maps out these converging influences, as well as disco's cultural antecedents in Europe, looks at the history of DJing, explores the mainstream disco craze at it's apex, and details the long shadow cast by disco's performers and devotees on today's musical landscape.
One part cultural study, one part urban history, and one part glitter-pop confection, "Turn the Beat Around" is the most comprehensive study of the Me Generation to date.
  

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Review: Turn the Beat Around: The Secret History of Disco

User Review  - Andie Nash - Goodreads

I preferred this one to "Hot Stuff," but neither book really had a lot of oomph to it. Both were extremely well-researched and well-written, but so very dry. Great books, just not that fun to read. Read full review

Review: Turn the Beat Around: The Secret History of Disco

User Review  - Tav - Goodreads

Though mandatory that the reader be an audiophile/music junkie, this is the holy grail (thus far) of disco history. An amazing retrospective that begins in WWII Germany and circuitously traverses the ... Read full review

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Contents

THE ROTTEN APPLE
3
Automating the Beat
89
ZIPPIN UP MY BOOTS GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS
116
PRISONERS OF THE NIGHT
181
SO WHY SHOULD I BE ASHAMED?
249
STAYIN ALIVE
281
Discography
295
Notes
311
Bibliography
329
Index of Songs
359
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Peter Shapiro is an experienced music journalist and his work has appeared in The Times (London), Spin, The Wire, Vibe, Uncut, Sleaze Nation and Urb. He is author of the Rough Guide to-Hip-Hop and contributor to the Rough Guides to Rock, Website Directory and the Rough Guide Book of Playlists.

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