Turn the Beat Around

Turn the Beat Around

The Secret History of Disco

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
Provides a study of the most important musical form of the 1970s that assesses the history of disco music and the cultural, social, and economic milieu of the era that spawned it.

McMillan Palgrave
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.


Baker
& Taylor

Provides a thoughtful study of the most important musical form of the 1970s that assesses the history of disco music and the cultural, social, and economic milieu of the era that spawned it. 15,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Faber and Faber, Inc., 2005
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780571211944
0571211941
Branch Call Number: 780.973 SHAPI
Characteristics: 369 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

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