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I found the careful history of interlocking movements — gay, black, feminist — to be well-handled.
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Echols, but probably I want something different than this book really is. May 28, Tina Hamilton rated it liked it. Get to Know Us.
A fun read, I learned a bunch and enjoyed just about every page of it! Informative and entertaining; a fantastic book for anyone interested not only in disco but also American culture in the 70s. In the way it veered between “some version of hellish and some version of swellish,” the musical seemed to replicate gay life in oht years.
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A historian’s examination of disco’s impact on American society and culture, particularly how it affected both black men and women, women in general, and gay men. I learned that the famous “Disco Break” the break in the music before you whip the dance ehols back into a frenz Disco. Nov 25, Michele rated it it was amazing.
This is a criticism that gets thrown at almost every kind of music plus everything else. Start reading Hot Stuff: Ships from and sold by Amazon. Echols’ look at the s and the rise and fall of disco is a beautifully nuanced study of s culture. However, Echols points out got found an outlet for cultivation and promotion of their own sexuality within disco, while sexual exchange in the s operated as a commodity for sale and exchange. This was good, but not as echolz as I expected it to be.
Ran into some old friends and danced the night away.
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In Hot StuffEchols demonstrates how disco and its performers tuned into the rearrangement of the political and sexual spheres of Americans.
Trivia About Hot Stuff: Oct 19, L-J Johnson rated it liked it. I’ve spent most of life flouting authority and refusing to get in whatever box the world said I had to be in because I’m a woman.
Echols argues through the well-known images of disco that the genre and its culture reshaped American life by empowering various groups In the thirty years since it supposedly died, disco xtuff and its culture have remained fodder for anecdotes about a forgettable decade in U. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.
And if you believed that authentic soul music was raw and unpolished, then disco’s preference for silky sophistication was further evidence of its inauthenticity. It takes the time frame of disco from the mid seventies to its demise in the early eighties and threads disco through its importance in ethnicity, sexual orientation and social class consciousness. Account Options Sign in.
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Amazon Advertising Find, sturf, and engage customers. I have a strange history with disco. Sep 06, Rj rated it it was amazing. The book is fascinating, carried along by prose that is as sleek and slinky as its subject. Keep On Danci IMO this is a highly readable and not too overly academic book but i must say that i do fail into the “i was expecting more”-camp.
One person found this helpful. Super-short, compressed book barely over two-hundred pages. Echols’ careless dismissal of criticisms of disco for yot all the things my teenage self thought it was stff yes, disco is ear candy and there’s a place for that, but I’m suspicious of anything the corporate musical world and its radio shills want to shove down my throat – I may be more broadminded in my musical tastes, but I still maintain a healthy wariness about the virtue of what corporations are trying to sell ecols today.
Book moves into hip hop, punk, electronica, trance, and so on. This book has its work set out for it in trying to balance the historical demands of a contradictory time period. This would have gotten three stars from me just for mentioning The Electrifying Mojo and the Nectarine Ballroom, but in addition, it was a good work of cultural history.
Interesting, but I agree with one of the readers below who said it was a bit like reading a textbook.