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- Editor: Faber & Faber; Edición: Main (7 de mayo de 2009)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0571219233
- ISBN-13: 978-0571219230
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Turn the Beat Around: The History of Disco: The Rise and Fall of Disco (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 7 may 2009
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"'A complete triumph. He expertly excavates the history of one of the central genres of modern popular music.' John McTernan, Scotland on Sunday"
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Disco emerged from the fall-out of the Black Power Movement and an almost exclusively gay scene in a blaze of poppers, strobe lights, tight trousers, hysterical diva vocals and synthesized beats in the late sixties. As a genre, disco radically re-defined the sensibility of the seventies to the extent where reactionary rockers felt the need to launch a paranoid 'Disco Sucks' campaign at the end of the decade.
Featuring artists such as Chic, Sylvester, Donna Summer and Frank Grasso, Turn the Beat Around illustrates why and how disco changed the face of popular culture forever.
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Focusing on the clubs, djs, and producers that shaped the "disco sound," Shapiro follows the music of the late '60s from the New York City boroughs to the underground gay clubs in Manhattan to the evolution of music that finally swept across America in the '70s.
With biting humour, Shapiro provides in-depth critical analysis of the night life culture that created the disco craze and provides ample research to back it up. Not only does the author go into analyzing songs, djs, and nightclubs, he also explains what was going on in daily life that caused people to search for "something" outside of themselves.
I found the book exciting and informative. However, if you are looking for a book that focuses specifically on the disco superstars of the day (i.e. Donna Summer, The Bee Gees etc.), this might not be the book for you. Although they are mentioned, TURN THE BEAT AROUND... concentrates on the djs/producers and nightclubs that created disco and not the commercialization of it.
*Turn The Beat Around* thus comes across as a serious examination of disco-- both the genre of music and the style of nightclubbing. It is able to recognize the different subsets of disco that emerged over time (electronic, Eurodisco, Hi-NRG, soul-based, etc), to describe these subsets in meaningful ways, and to link 70s disco with the R&B-based dance musics that followed in the 1980s.
Shapiro is able to view the discotheque scene from various angles-- from the perspective of serious clubbers who started off in the late 60s, of the singles who took to the trend in the mid-70s, of the US citizens who did not join in and might have been benignly accepting of what they heard on the radio in the late 70s or were dismayed by the sounds of this Sodom-and-Gomorrah of race, gender, and sexuality upheaval.
His book is not as first-hand as the memoir *Keep On Dancin'* or the research piece *Love Saves The Day.* It is not as much a valentine as *Saturday Night Forever.* It is less academic than *You Better Work* but less accessible than *Last Night A DJ Saved My Life.* Shapiro provides a good balance of journalism and criticism, and this above all marks *Turn The Beat Around* as a good volume on the subject. Unfortunately, it comes on the heels, at least to US readers, of these other books that have pretty much covered the territory.