Formats

Book (250g)£ 16.99
Out of Stock  REMIND

All prices plus P+P

Bookmark and ShareShare & Bookmark

You Better Work! Underground Dance Music In New York

Kai Fikentscher

New England

Information

Oh yes! A little gem of a book - For anyone interested in Larry Levan, Francois K, Danny Tenaglia, Claussel, Krivit, Louie Vega, Frankie Knucles, Vinyl Mania Records, The Paradise Garage.

 

"You Better Work!" is one of the first detailed studies of underground dance music, a phenomenon that has its roots in the overlap and cross-fertilization of African American and gay cultural sensibilities that have occurred since the 1970s. UDM not only predates and includes disco, but also constitutes a unique performance practice in the history of American social dance.

Taking New York City as its geographic focus, "You Better Work!" shows how UDM functions in the lives of its DJs and dancers, and how it is used as the primary identifier of an urban subculture shaped essentially by the relationships between music, dance, and marginality. Kai Fikentscher goes beyond stereotypical images of club and disco to explore the cult and culture of the DJ, the turntable and vinyl recordings as musical instruments, and the vital relationship between music and dance at underground clubs. Including interviews, photographs, and an extensive discography, this ethnographic account tells the story of a celebration of collective marginality through music and dance

"Fikentscher understands the historical importance of disco as few writers do. He guides you effortlessly through the evolution of the DJ from spinner to mixer to remixer to producer. He offers insightful and pathbreaking connections to the black church and to gay expressivity. And he is able to translate the emotional language and transformative experience of music and dance into engaging, readable prose. It's the next best thing to dancing itself!"—Reebee Garofalo, author of Rockin' Out: Popular Music In the USA

People who bought Kai Fikentscher also bought:
The Undisputed Truth
Cosmic Truth (1975)
Reissue LP
Out of Stock
Original LP
Out of Stock
Disco Patrick
The Bootleg Guide To: Disco Acetates, Funk, Rap and Disco Medleys
Book (950g)
£24.99
£14.99
Actress
Splazsh
CD
Out of Stock
2xLP
Out of Stock
Roy Ayers
Lots Of Love
CD
Out of Stock
2xLP
Out of Stock
Turn The Beat Around
The Secret History Of Disco
Book (500g)
Out of Stock
Arthur Russell
The Sleeping Bag Sessions
2xLP
Out of Stock
CD
Out of Stock
Cerrone
Give Me Love / Supernature
12"
Out of Stock

 

Your account

MP3 Store