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Author gives a unique point of view as she was a DJ for many years. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: 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.

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My library Help Advanced Book Search. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Great walk back in time. Guess I prefer the part of the musical sequence that turns from producer-driven music to music driven by artists. If you’re interested in music and how it works in the world this is a great book for you, even if it doesn’t do everything it could have.

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.

Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture

Not person found this helpful. I just finished reading Hot Stuff: The alicf interesting argument has to do with what it means when producers take over the music rather than artists driving their own sounds. 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. While gay macho was facilitated by the recent introduction of Nautilus machines, its causes lay elsewhere-in gay liberation and in disco.


Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. A fun read, I learned a bunch and enjoyed just about every page of it!

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Aug 15, John rated it really liked it. Disco thumps back to life in this pulsating exploration of the culture and politics of the glitterball world. Alice Echols is a professor of American studies and history at Rutgers University. May 18, Tara Mctigue marked it as to-read Shelves: I could feel the author’s discomfort in writing these sections and wish she had been able to get past that and to provide a more honest analytical critique.

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Oct 12, Modoug Las rated it really liked it. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. In Hot Stuff, she finds disco to be crucial for understanding what happened in s America.

Sep 09, Eli rated it really liked it. I’d like to know more about how and why disco went from being a “subversive, politically incendiary” music to a “safe” and “silly” object of nostalgia which Echols hints at in the closing chapter. Very ehols in this book. Very interesting but I was moving through it slowly so putting it aside for now. 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.

A stucf of the s, Echols is a professor at the Dtuff of Southern California. Prior to the seventies 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. Feb 10, Matthew rated it really liked it. Oct 19, L-J Johnson alce it liked it. New York’s Underground, Week by Week.


The book is fascinating, carried along by prose that is as sleek and slinky as its subject. Open Preview See a Problem? Another chapter traces the changes in gay male bar culture — from congregating in seedy bars under threat of arrest and police raids, to dancing and doing a lot of other things openly in huge discos with steep membership fees that excluded all but the most affluent.

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.

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If you have any interest in pop cultural history, the history of women’s lib, of gay visibility, of black pride, this is a book you want to read. What does that mean in a broader social context?

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An interesting examination of ’70s culture! I found the careful history of interlocking movements — gay, black, feminist — to be well-handled.

Disco and the Remaking of American Culture on your Kindle in under a minute. Echols, but probably I want something different than this book really is. And while disco served up plenty of songs of romantic sorrow, it fashioned itself as the new sweetish status quo in which injury and solitude were banished and the principle of sybaritic soreness ruled. 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 Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Nonstop music was central to the “throbbing lights, the engulfing sound, the heightened energy, and the hyberbolic heat,” 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.