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Oct 12, Modoug Las rated it really liked it. If you also want nuanced tsuff 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. Other editions – View all Hot Stuff: There were many stories here I had never heard before.

Dec 13, Michael Flick rated it liked it. Copious footnotes, and even includes a DJ setlist! A fun read, I learned a bunch and enjoyed just about every page of it! The Hip Hop Wars: Apr 07, Andie Nash rated it liked it. Turn the Beat Around. Some reviewers have found the book academic, but I found it quite accessible. Aug 15, John rated it really liked it. Echols argues through the well-known images of disco that the genre and its culture reshaped American life by empowering various alicee In the thirty years since it supposedly died, disco music and its culture have remained fodder for anecdotes about a forgettable decade in U.

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Interesting topic, well-written book, but it’s more about disco as cultural phenomenon than as a music genre. Sep 03, Jason Mock rated it liked it.


This book is pretty good, but there are things missing here and things that are too detailed and places where I disagree with Ms. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. 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. Echols discussion in Hot Stuff adds to the literature of popular music in American culture and history, and in this case illustrates how music permeated the daily and social lives of all Americans, not simply the groups examined as the core components of disco in the s.

She does a good job of putting the music into that context and in those chapters and her chapter about Saturday Night 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.

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What was it about this music that made it such hot stuff? Disco was the music of “jouissance”-blissful pleasure.

Write a customer review. Book moves into hip hop, punk, electronica, trance, and so on. All of her statements are meant for New York, but she makes it sound like all of America echlos acting that way.

Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture

I found the beginning very slooooow – the parts about the music technology were a snooze for me – but then it became very interesting. It looked to him as though gay men were developing identical bodies fashioned for a specific activity. English Choose a language for shopping.


I was a punk in high school and later in life and I forswore the corporate driven mass-produced junk food that was disco with all the fervor of a teenager. Apr 26, Monica rated it it was amazing. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: You can see this in much of today’s hip-hop which is all about the producer and is so mechanized that musicianship is under-valued in favor of recording methods that allow producers to cut the musician right out of the picture.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Selected pages Page 2. Using encyclopedic knowledge of the eras’ biggest stars, she shows how all sorts of musical disco styles played a ‘central role’ in broadening the contours of ‘blackness, femininity, and male homosexuality’ in America.

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

Perhaps providing a discography in the back of the book and detailing selected seminal works would be a better way to go. This was good, but not as good as I expected it to be. Oct 19, L-J Johnson rated it liked it. To Disco, with Love: