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Looking for the Perfect Beat : The Art and Culture of the DJ - Kurt B. Reighley

Looking for the Perfect Beat

The Art and Culture of the DJ

Paperback Published: 1st February 2000
ISBN: 9780671038694
Number Of Pages: 256

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"It's your soul playing with the rhythm, flying around in the beats."

-- DJ Q-Bert

They are music's vanguard. The reshape today's sounds -- house, techno, hip-hop, rock -- direct our feet on the floor, and influence the way music is represented in our culture.

"Don't look at the turntable as just this mechanism that you play records on. Apply yourself to it as if it were an instrument, and you can express yourself through the turntable."

-- Rob Swift, The X-ecutioners

From the rapid-fire editing of MTV videos, to underground parties and world-famous clubs, DJs have altered the course of music and video, moved into new media, and turned our generation on its ear -- literally.

Meet these creative artists -- many of them celebrities in their own right -- who line up the most infectious beats, mix and program them, and make us dance talk and think about music -- and the world -- in entirely different ways.

"We like to mix it all up and have a good time, a bit of a laugh."

-- Ben Dubuisson, Purple Penguin

Discover how they select their gear and choose tunes -- and pick up tips on how to mix.

Introduction: Who Do You Think You Are?
What Is a DJ?
Got to Be Real
Dance to the Drummer's Beat
The Young Person's Guide to Gear
Looking for the Perfect Beat
It Takes Two
Let the Music Play
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
All That Scratchin'
The Music That We Make
The Future of the Future
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ISBN: 9780671038694
ISBN-10: 0671038699
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st February 2000
Publisher: MTV Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.6  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1