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An edition of Techno rebels (1999)

Techno rebels

the renegades of electronic funk

2nd ed.
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This edition published in by Wayne State University Press in Detroit, Mich.

Written in English

This book provides a fairly straightforward history of the birth and early development of techno music in Detroit. Unlike other histories of electronic dance music, there's relatively little exploration of the music's peripheral culture, such as the rave scene. Rather, the focus is squarely on the activities of Detroit area musicians, DJs, and other key players in the evolution of techno. A supporting character is the city itself—its physical blight and artistic & economic decay providing not just a backdrop, but also a catalyst for the early/mid-1980s transformation of a cadre of suburban students into an urban creative class which is sometimes hyper-insular, other times very publicly celebratory. Chapters are mostly narrative and are roughly chronological, yet they repeatedly touch on several themes, including the artists' love-hate relationships with the trappings of mainstream success, and the role of the music press in mythologizing the music and its founders. The first edition (1999) was essential for scholars of this underdocumented and widely misunderstood genre, but it was dominated by techno's pre-history and gets sidetracked in reminiscences and coverage of techno outside of Detroit. The second edition (2010) is leaner; its meanderings are reined in, the lens stays on Detroit, and it provides better balance, not just chronologically but also in its dispensation of raw information, analysis, commentary, and nostalgic interviews.

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Techno rebels: the renegades of electronic funk
2010, Wayne State University Press
in English - 2nd ed.
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Techno Rebels: The Renegades of Electronic Funk
May 1999, Billboard Books
Paperback in English

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Techno rebels

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This book provides a fairly straightforward history of the birth and early development of techno music in Detroit. Unlike other histories of electronic dance music, there's relatively little exploration of the music's peripheral culture, such as the rave scene. Rather, the focus is squarely on the activities of Detroit area musicians, DJs, and other key players in the evolution of techno. A supporting character is the city itself—its physical blight and artistic & economic decay providing not just a backdrop, but also a catalyst for the early/mid-1980s transformation of a cadre of suburban students into an urban creative class which is sometimes hyper-insular, other times very publicly celebratory. Chapters are mostly narrative and are roughly chronological, yet they repeatedly touch on several themes, including the artists' love-hate relationships with the trappings of mainstream success, and the role of the music press in mythologizing the music and its founders. The first edition (1999) was essential for scholars of this underdocumented and widely misunderstood genre, but it was dominated by techno's pre-history and gets sidetracked in reminiscences and coverage of techno outside of Detroit. The second edition (2010) is leaner; its meanderings are reined in, the lens stays on Detroit, and it provides better balance, not just chronologically but also in its dispensation of raw information, analysis, commentary, and nostalgic interviews.

Techno rebels

the renegades of electronic funk

2nd ed.

This edition published in by Wayne State University Press in Detroit, Mich.


Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Chapter 1 Welcome to the Machine America wakes up to techno, 1997-2010
Chapter 2 Party Out of Bounds The pre-history of techno, 1978-1983
Chapter 3 Time to Express Techno's first artists emerge, 1981-1989
Chapter 4 Nation to Nation Finding a home in Britain's rave culture, 1988-1991
Chapter 5 Off to Battle Redefining the Detroit underground, 1990-1995
Chapter 6 Applied Technology The myth of techno collides with reality, 1991-2001
Chapter 7 Beyond the Dance The future sound of techno, 1999-?
Notes
Index

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
781.66
Library of Congress
ML3540 .S53 2010

Contributors

  • Foreword
    Bill Brewster

The Physical Object

Pagination
p. cm.

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL23668708M
ISBN 13
9780814334386
LC Control Number
2009033759
OCLC/WorldCat
430736641

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