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.
"Thanks to an impressive amount of research Tim Lawrence ...creates an evocative portrait of the Big Apple DJ demimonde of the 1970s." Peter Shapiro, The Wire "Will surely stand as the definitive history of dance music's early years." Joe Madden, Jockey Slut "Packed with detail ... without turning dull... riveting storytelling." Ethan Brown "A densely detailed and heartfelt account of the era." Time Out New York "Lawrence's astounding research and wide focus make this [disco's] definitive chronicle so far." Minneapolis City Pages "Lawrence has accomplished the seemingly impossible feat of cuing up every famed and arcane component of disco's ethos and executing a narrative possessed by a seamless grace that's comparable to the work of the legendary DJs who are duly chronicled... [A] most significant examination of this watershed period within our pop-cult heritage." Philadelphia CityPaper "Fabulous reading, and this book looks destined to become a classic, opening up a whole lost world of night-time dance culture to generations for whom previously it was merely a rather imprecise legend." Taipei Times "one of the sharpest books on dance music to date, striking a balance between you-are-there club descriptions, socioeconomic analysis, and musical critique." The Village Voice "brilliant, until you've read this, you might as well know nothing, nada, zilch." British mag I-D "Packed with interviews with the key players, it's as good an introduction as you'll find to an all-too-often overlooked period in musical history." Q Magazine And says, "[A]s Tim Lawrence illustrates in Love Saves The Day, the story of disco is richer than its battered reputation lets on... [A]n exceedingly well-reported history... Love Saves The Day works as an eye-opening history of a movement that found a nation taking time out to dance." Andy Battaglia of The Onion "Lawrence has documented the scene with a fan's affection and a scholar's thoroughness..." Newsday " is everything a good history should be -accurate, informative, well-organized and thoughtful. It is also everything a quality read should be -fresh, thoughtful and provocative..." The Chicago Free Press " ... as good an introduction as you will find to an all-too-often overlooked period in musical history."--Q, June 2004 "Essential reading for anyone interested in discovering teh origins of DJing, clubbing and the music we dance to."--Easyjet Magazine, April 2004 "This brilliant study of the birth of disco and the spawning of a million different subgenres of same is crucial reading for anyone who thinks they know their club culture. Because until you've read this you might as well know nothing, nada, zilch... This illuminating work features early sightings of some of today's established movers and shakers, often while still ambitiously adolescent, with every page featuring a surprise discovery, every dark corner a new beat."--i-D Magazine, June 2004 "Love Saves the Day is a fully comprehensive, well-composed analysis of dance culture during it's most crucial and subliminal time during the seventies. Tim Lawrence has done his homework and his dynamic delivery also possesses a delightful, intimate style. This book can be enjoyed on numerous levels... Love Saves the Day is a revealing, captivating and enlightening read."--Straight No Chaser, Autumn 2004 "[A] fine, groundbreaking history filled with fresh information and thoughtful perspectives on the disco decade, the result of his hundreds of interviews and exhaustive research. Scores of photographs and signature discographies nicely complement the text." --Library Journal Tim Lawrence's disco culture tome is one of the sharpest books on dance music to date, striking a balance between you-are-there club descriptions, socioeconomic analysis, and musical critique."--Tricia Romano, The Village Voice "Lawrence provides the first really in-depth look at the key years when dance music emerged from the so-called underground into the mainstream... [His] original and deep research alone makes Love Saves the Day essential reading for anyone who wants to know the who, what and where of disco's earliest years and why a musical style came to symbolize and entire decade."--John-Manuel Andriote, Lambda Book Report "Lawrence has accomplished the seemingly impossible feat of cuing up every famed and arcane component of disco's ethos and executing a narrative possessed by a seamless grace that's comparable to the work of the legendary DJs who are duly chronicled... [A] most significant examination of this watershed period within our pop-cult heritage."--Frank Halperin, Philadelphia CityPaper "Lawrence's astounding research and wide focus make this [disco's] definitive chronicle so far."--Michaelangelo Matos, CityPages (Minneapolis) "THE book on club music in America--a massive volume that contains more information about the New York scene than we'd ever hoped to learn! The book fills in gaps that we've always been unsure of, and tells the full story of the evolution of New York dance in the 70s--going way past the hype!"--Dustygroove.com "[F]abulous reading, and this book looks destined to become a classic, opening up a whole lost world of night-time dance culture to generations for whom previously it was merely a rather imprecise legend."--Bradley Winterton, Taipei Times "Lawrence brings a fan's enthusiasm and a scholar's rigor to Love Saves the Day, which deftly documents and celebrates a much-derided yet enduringly influential genre of popular music."--Kevin Riordan, Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, NJ) "Essential reading for anyone interested in discovering the origins of DJing, clubbing, and the music we dance to." --Easy Jet Inflight Magazine "[A]s Tim Lawrence illustrates in Love Saves The Day, the story of disco is richer than its battered reputation lets on... [A]n exceedingly well-reported history... Love Saves The Day works as an eye-opening history of a movement that found a nation taking time out to dance."--Andy Battaglia, The Onion "The book is nothing less than revelatory, time-traveling to pivotal moments like the birth of beatmatching (and snark-baiting the bitchy, bitter jocks that fell off after failing to master the new technique) and describing the atemporal space of the dance floor itself. The book immerses to the point of excess - at times you want to set aside the quotes, throw on a boa, and set off in search of some sex, drugs, and 'Soul Makossa.' But the book's broader implications--especially the missteps of the record industry and the pressures put upon art, leisure, and self-expression in a time of socioeconomic unrest (a nice bit of 'unpacking,' as we used to say in grad school) --make Love Saves the Day as timely as it is tantalizing."--Philip Sherburne, Boldtype "[A] vivid and lively look at the clubs, promoters, dancers, record producers, musicians, and DJs who created seventies dance culture... Love Saves the Day delivers what a serious reader wants from a history of disco: it combines a fan's interest in the music, anecdotes, and gossip with a scholar's analysis of the movement's social and political impact."--Seminary Co-op Bookstore "[T]his book tells it all. The birth of mixing, the first cat to run clean doubles (not a hip hop DJ), the sound systems, the first 12 inch singles, record pools and the beginning of club and street promotion. So many myths exposed and so many questions answered. The facts are here, and so are the characters... So many legends finally get their stories told. The contributors were very candid and it shows cause there's a definite lack of the grandstanding and posturing that is often found in hip hop history books. You really feel like you get the straight story here... [I]f this shit puts food or your table, if you want a pair of turntables, if you wanna open a club, shit if you even want to smell a 12inch single, you have to read this book. I get a little emotional about this shit, but shit man these guys are the reason we are all here today. This is a must own." --Roctakon, Turntablelab.com "[E]verything a good history should be--accurate, informative, well-organized and thoughtful. It is also everything a quality read should be--fresh, thoughtful and provocative... Love Saves the Day is, as so many critics have noted, the definitive book on dance music in the 1970s."-- Lisa Neff, Chicago Free Press "[Love Saves the Day] does an excellent job of covering both the gay and straight discos of New York and Fire Island... [It] takes us back to a decade when the music was queen."-- Jesse Monteagudo, The Weekly News (Plantation, FL) "Lawrence has compiled a detailed, complex, fascinating, and unique history of disco dance music... Highly recommended."-- R.D. Cohen, Choice "[T]o some, a respectful history of disco may seem as perverse as a paean to strip malls. Tim Lawrence's Love Saves the Day boldly overturns that story... I, for one, won't be able to dismiss dance culture so quicly, and his book should become a fixture in the libraries of serious students of American pop."-- Philip Christman, Paste "This brilliant study of the birth of disco and the spawning of a million different subgenres of same is crucial reading for anyone who thinks they know their club culture. Because until you've read this, you might as well know nothing, nada, zilch."-- Susan Corrigan, I-D "Lawrence has documented the scene with a fan's affection and a scholar's thoroughness... His interview subjects, veteran DJs and clubgoers all, best convey in their own words what it was like to be on the dance floor at the Loft, the Gallery or the Paradise Garage when the crowd--drenched in sweat, screaming and whistling, arms in the air--gave itself up to rapture."-- Tom Beer, Newsday "[An] exhaustive journey through the pulsating dance floors of '70s New York."-- Mike Gwertzman, New York Post "[P]acked with detail ... without turning dull; [Love Saves the Day] offers a non-hagiographic treatment of dance-music icons... and, perhaps best of all, Lawrence's riveting storytelling puts you deep in the proto-disco moment... Love Saves the Day not only gets dance-music history right--it refocuses that history to include those unjustly excluded from it."-- Ethan Brown, New York "[A] densely detailed and heartfelt account of the era."-- Bruce Tantum, Time Out New York "Packed with interviews with the key players, it's as good an introduction as you'll find to an all-too-often overlooked period in musical history."-- Phil Mongredien, Q "Captured within the books 456 pages is a spirit of adventure and pioneering that night-crawling dance addicts now take for granted... Lawrence goes beyond layman's terminology in his explanation of technical issues, and it's refreshing to read a narrative from someone so well educated and well informed - at no point does his authority come into question... Obviously the result of exhaustive research, Love Saves The Day is rich with information that drives home the point that the evolution of disco, and dance music culture on the whole, isn't going to get lost in the bowels of music history. Quite the contrary, what Lawrence presents us with is the inarguable value of this often shamed area of musicology..."-- Christopher John Treacy, Bay Windows "[A] fully comprehensive, well-composed analysis of dance culture during its most crucial and subliminal time during the seventies. Tim Lawrence has done his homework and his dynamic delivery also possesses a delightful, intimate style. This book can be enjoyed on numerous levels. Confident about its authenticity yet open minded it is littered with amusing anecdotes and stories... [A] revealing, captivating and enlightening read."-- Roberta Cutolo, Straight No Chaser "Lawrence composes his narrative in an eminently readable and focused manner... Love Saves the Day successfully and sympathetically demonstrates how spaces like New York City's The Loft and Chicago's Paradise Garage have served for countless dancers as temporary environments where the rhythm of the music conjures up a socially egalitarian and physically satisfying universe."-- David Sanjek, American Studies "[T]his is as close to a definitive account of Disco as we're likely to get, and as entertaining as a great night out."-- Richard Smith, Gay Times "Even if you have no interest in disco music, this is a book that offers a detailed and entertaining analysis of American culture in the 70s that thankfully manages to avoid the predictable tacky stereotypes... Love Saves The Day manages to provide a superb political and social context for one of the most misunderstood and derided musical sub-cultures of recent history."-- Phil Thornton, Swine Magazine "Love Saves the Day is exhaustively researched and generally written in a lively manner. Although it serves more effectively as a documentary record than a critical analysis, Lawrence's moments of interpretation are mostly lucid and thought-provoking."--Paul Williams, Cultural Studies Review "This book is more than a historical document; indeed, it houses more anecdotes ... and reminisces than a million different lifestyle magazines, with the added bonus that these aren't about over hyped 'celebrities', they're about people who were 'faces' in a time and place that is directly responsible for the hedonism and the heartbreak that comprises modern clubbing."-- Manu Ekanayake, Trustthedj.com Interviews in Philadephia Gay News, New York Post, Grand Slam, WLIB-FM (NYC), WBAI-FM (NYC), WBUR's The Connection, Staten Island Advance, Christian Science Monitor. Negative review in XLR8R. Mentioned in Philadephia Inquirer, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Miami Herald, New York Blade, DJ Magazine. Listed in PW, Journal of American History, American Historical Review, Notes. Extract and interview in Keep On. Abstract in Books to Watch Out For. Mentioned in a lot of blogs.
|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): 24.13 x 15.88 x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.91