Opening with David Mancuso's seminal "Love Saves the Day" Valentine's party, Tim Lawrence tells the definitive story of American dance music culture in the 1970s--from its subterranean roots in NoHo and Hell's Kitchen to its gaudy blossoming in midtown Manhattan to its wildfire transmission through America's suburbs and urban hotspots such as Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Newark, and Miami.
Tales of nocturnal journeys, radical music making, and polymorphous sexuality flow through the arteries of "Love Saves the Day" like hot liquid vinyl. They are interspersed with a detailed examination of the era's most powerful djs, the venues in which they played, and the records they loved to spin--as well as the labels, musicians, vocalists, producers, remixers, party promoters, journalists, and dance crowds that fueled dance music's tireless engine.
"Love Saves the Day" includes material from over three hundred original interviews with the scene's most influential players, including David Mancuso, Nicky Siano, Tom Moulton, Loleatta Holloway, Giorgio Moroder, Francis Grasso, Frankie Knuckles, and Earl Young. It incorporates more than twenty special dj discographies--listing the favorite records of the most important spinners of the disco decade--and a more general discography cataloging some six hundred releases. "Love Saves the Day" also contains a unique collection of more than seventy rare photos.
"At long last, a candid, detailed, and authoritative look back on one of dance music's most seminal moments in time. This book on the genesis of the movement in 1970s New York will delight anyone from the researcher wanting some serious unbiased fact-checking all the way to the casual music lover curious for juicy anecdotes. It's about time!"-Francois K., dj and founder and president of Wave Music "Love Saves the Day is what we need for generations to come: it's the real history of dance music and dj/club culture."-Louie Vega, dj/producer, Masters At Work & Nuyorican Soul "As authoritative as it is gossipy, Love Saves the Day is the ultimate backstage view of disco, the underground phenomenon that ended up defining a decade. Tim Lawrence talked to virtually everyone who shaped '70s urban nightlife, but he keeps his prime focus on the djs who created its seductive soundtrack. With them as your witty, opinionated guides, you'll find yourself well past the velvet ropes, deep inside a scene that has never been so thoroughly or lovingly illuminated."-Vince Aletti, Village Voice "At last disco gets the history it deserves. Tim Lawrence tells the story of ten years that shook the musical world with the scholar's concern for detail and the fan's concern for honor. Great tales of the humble and the ahubristic, of money, sex, and the utopia of the sound system. Illuminating and moving."-Simon Frith, author of Performing Rites: On the Value of Popular Music "I wish I'd written it myself."-Barry Walters, Senior Music Critic, Rolling Stone
|beginnings House Parties and Discotheques|
|consolidation Party Pariahs and the Path to Permanent Revolution|
|pollination The Rise of the Downtown Party Network|
|recognition The Crystallization of a Sound|
|visibility The Message of Love and the Disco Mix|
|expansion Record Pools, Music Labels, New Clubs|
|prominence Forums, Formats, Franchises|
|ascendancy Eurodisco, Midtown, Downtown, Out-of-Town|
|dominance Disco Takes Over|
|turbulence Backlash and Survival|
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Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 2nd February 2004
Publisher: Duke University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 3.8
Weight (kg): 0.91