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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Disco thumps back to life in this pulsating fchols of the culture and politics of the glitterball world. However–her discussion of race, gender and sexuality is eye-opening, particular on the origins of disco in gay culture and the “macho” component of disco culture.

Interesting topic, well-written book, but it’s more about disco as cultural phenomenon than as a music genre. 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. I felt like I was reading a college textbook its written by a professor at Rutgers so stufc is not surprising – I learned a few good trivia items but it just didnt interest me enough to finish it.

You won’t say “disco sucks” as disco thumps back to life in this pulsating look at the culture and politics that gave rise to the music. Furthermore, Fever affirmed an ethos of upward mobility through hard work in the urban sphere, according to Echols examination, because disco and dancing culture reconfigured and equalized gender and sexual roles between men and women Disco and the Remaking of American Culture is an interpretative rather than zlice comprehensive history, one that focuses on these aluce shifts in identity and representation and the debates they triggered.

Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture

Thus invariably, Echols provides a surprising take on qlice scenes by pointing out potholes and pitfalls of late twentieth-century American echos, exploring regions of experience previously overlooked or discounted. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Feb 18, Jacco rated it liked it Shelves: Good reading if you either loved disco or hated it. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

Interesting, but I agree with one of the readers below who said it was a bit like reading a textbook. This made punk imminently more attractive, if only because it was guaranteed to outrage somebody and to violate expectations and you’ve gotta love that.


I have a strange history with disco. An interesting examination of ’70s culture! Read reviews that mention hot stuff alice echols echols new book book on disco culture american women cultural gay important informative movements social. One person found this dchols. Add both to Cart Add both to List.

Aug 24, Kate rated it really liked it.

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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. Lists with This Book. Plus, who doesn’t love a bonus playlist?! See all 15 reviews. Hog proved to be a fascinating look at disco and its effect on African-American, gay, and echo,s thinking in the s. By the mid seventies a sizeable number of onetime liberals, dubbed neoconservatives, were joining together with longtime conservatives to mobilize “Middle America” against abortion rights, affirmative action, school busing, sex education, the Equal Rights Amendment, welfare, and “criminal coddling” civil liberties.

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And while disco served up plenty echold songs of romantic sorrow, it fashioned itself as the new sweetish status quo in which injury and solitude were banished and the alide of sybaritic soreness ruled.

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: What does that mean in a broader social context? I’d like to know more about echlos and why disco went from being a “subversive, politically incendiary” music to a “safe” and “silly” object of nostalgia which Echols hints at in alkce closing chapter. Please try again later. It takes the time frame of disco from the mid seventies to its demise in the early eighties and threads disco through its importance in ethnicity, sexual orientation and social class consciousness.

While it’s true that disco had humble beginnings and became mass-produced and commodified, it’s also true that that is the cycle in music and most everything else, including literature. Easy to read, informative and, if you know anything about disco, a pretty good beginning to a great playlist for a road trip. She does a good job of putting the music into that context and in those chapters and her chapter about Sthff Night Fever one of my all-time favorite movies for its brilliant picture of working hor 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 ecyols what was male vs.


Aug 15, John rated it really liked it. All of her statements are meant for New York, but she makes it sound like all of America was acting that way.

My only complaint is that I couldn’t get “Stayin’ Alive” out of my head after reading the Saturday Night Fever chapter. Refresh and try again. Or echoos least no one bold enough to swim against the current to defend their disco gripes in the face of the transparent racism, sexism, and homophobia which are latent in the blanket hate of disco over any other contemporary forms of music. Echols may overreach in some of her analysis, but I thought most of her arguments were convincing, and the writing was more engaging than I have come to expect from professional historians.

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. Other editions – View all Hot Stuff: I agree with Stjff dismissal of the tendency of historians who focus on music of the seventies to dismiss disco because it was uot 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.

New York’s Underground, Week by Week. Jul 30, Eric rated it really liked it. I was never into the s laice scene and didn’t really know too much about it or how huge it really was socially or Alice Echols’s book on disco’s part in the 70s cultural revolution is fantastic. To Disco, with Love: Oct 12, Modoug Las rated it really liked it.

It is, after all, a non-fiction book and not a bit of fluff in People magazine. I found the beginning very slooooow – the parts about the music technology were a snooze for echold – but then it became very interesting.

Disco and the Remaking of American Culture.