You will never say 'disco sucks' after reading Alice Echols' fascinating insights into that music you think you hate but can't stop dancing along to. The acclaimed biographer of Sweet Scars of Paradise: The Life and Times of Janis Joplin reveals in this incisive history the way that disco, assumed to be shallow and disposable, permenently transformed popular music. She also probes the complex and intertwining relationships between disco and women, gays and African American rights movements. While painting a portrait of American society in the seventies, Echols never loses sight of the era's defining soundtrack, spotlighting the work of precursors James Brown and Isaac Hayes, its dazzling divas Donna Summer and the women of Labelle, and some of its lesser known but no less illustrious performers like Sylvester.
"A well-researched, culturally sensitive time capsule." -- Kirkus Reviews "Expertly rendered, wide-ranging history of one of pop's most exciting social and musical movements." -- Ann Powers - Los Angeles Times "Echols aims for-and thoroughly achieves-a range of higher cultural insights... Revelatory." -- Publishers Weekly