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The Underground Is Massive

The Underground Is Massive

How Electronic Dance Music Conquered America

Book - 2015 | First edition
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What started as an underground party business--run and dominated by youths and hustlers--grew into the music business's greatest and biggest success. This is the first-ever big-picture history of the American electronic dance music underground, viewed through the lens of nineteen parties over thirty years--from the black, gay underground clubs of Chicago and Detroit's elite teen-party scene through nineties "electronica" to today's EDM-festival juggernaut, the book takes in the rise of the Internet and Burning Man, 9/11, and the collapse of the record business--and vividly charts why and how it took nearly three decades after electronic dance music became a global youth soundtrack for it to hit big in the land that birthed it. Through unparalleled insider access to anecdotes, interviews, and history, Michaelangelo Matos demystifies how what once belonged to a devoted audience of casual partiers and diehard dancers has become America's soundtrack of choice and changed the music industry completely. Matos expertly tackles the vast diversity of EDM's musical landscape, its technologically prophetic yet illicit origins, and the path by which underground raves grew into fiercely successful music festivals. Taking in legendary artists from Frankie Knuckles to Moby as well as the biggest names in EDM--Diplo, Skrillex, Deadmau5, David Guetta, Tiësto, and Daft Punk--Matos's deep mix of sources and wide-lens overview of the culture make every chapter a page-turning revelation.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dey St., an imprint of William Morrow Publishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062271785
Call Number: 781.648 M4337u 2015
Characteristics: xvi, 427 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm


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Sep 06, 2017

There's a good chance that if you asked 5 people to define electronic music, you'd get 5 different answers. For some it's the ambient soundscapes of Brian Eno, for others the sleek robotic funk of Daft Punk, and for the festival goer, it's the glowing throb of EDM (electronic dance music), which is the subject of Michael Matos's excellent book on the subject. Matos traces the underground sources of the huge genre, focusing on key scenes and music like Chicago House, Detroit Techno, and New York's DJ culture. As someone who get into electronic music somewhat late, a lot of this was new information to me. I'd also recommend the book and film "Modulations." This is likely to be the definitive book on the subject for years to come.


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