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Techno Rebels: The Renegades of Electronic Funk (Painted Turtle Book) [Paperback]

Bill Brewster , Dan Sicko
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15 April 2010 Painted Turtle Book
This is an updated, expanded history of techno music with special attention to its roots in Detroit. When it was originally published in 1999, "Techno Rebels" became the definitive text on a hard-to-define but vital genre of music. Author Dan Sicko demystified techno's characteristics, influences, and origins and argued that although techno enjoyed its most widespread popularity in Europe, its birthplace and most important incubator was Detroit. In this revised and updated edition, Sicko expands on Detroit's role in the birth of techno and takes readers on an insider's tour of techno's past, present, and future in an enjoyable account filled with firsthand anecdotes, interviews, and artist profiles. "Techno Rebels" begins by examining the underground 1980s party scene in Detroit, where DJs and producers like the Electrifying Mojo, Ken Collier, The Wizard, and Richard Davis were experimenting with music that was a world apart from anything happening in New York or Los Angeles. He details the early days of the 'Belleville Three' - Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson - who created the Detroit techno sound and became famous abroad as the sound spread to the UK and Europe. In this revised edition, Sicko delves deeper into the Detroit story, detailing the evolution of the artists and scene into the mid-1990s, and looks to nearby Ann Arbor to consider topics like the Electrifying Mojo's beginnings, the role of radio station WCBN, and the emergence of record label Ghostly International. Sicko concludes by investigating how Detroit techno functions today after the contrived electronica boom of the late 1990s, through the original artists, new sounds, and Detroit's annual electronic music festival. Ultimately, Sicko argues that techno is rooted in the 'collective dreaming' of the city of Detroit - as if its originators wanted to preserve what was great about the city - its machines and its deep soul roots. "Techno Rebels" gives a thorough picture of the music itself and the trailblazing musicians behind it and is a must-read for all fans of techno, popular music, and contemporary culture.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press; Revised and expanded ed edition (15 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814334385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814334386
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 16.8 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 389,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As the first authoritative American chronicle of techno music, TECHNO REBELS closely examines the music's genesis in Detroit and its movement toward worldwide acceptance. Author Dan Sicko uses anecdotes and first-hand accounts to provide an entertaining look at the people, places, and social forces that continue to inform this vital and innovative trend in contemporary music. Discography. 25 black-and-white photographs. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Techno Rebels' aims
What I set out to do with Techno Rebels was establish adiscussion of the American roots of techno music. Most articles and books thus far have been from the European perspective, and tend to offer up the American components in condensed form (to be fair, at points in Techno Rebels I'm guilty of the same thing in reverse).

I had the U.S. audience in mind when I wrote the book, and tried to keep the narrative at an introductory level. Reading about the evolution of any kind of music can obviously be overwhelming for a beginning listener--but at the same time, I also tried to delve into subjects that even diehards would know little about. The best example of this is Chapter Two, in which the "pre-history" of techno is examined in Detroit (that's before Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson and Juan Atkins got into the game).

As much as the explosive growth of techno, acid house, ecstasy and raves in Europe has been dissected, I wanted Techno Rebels to connect U.S. audiences to the humble and strange beginnings of techno in Detroit: the high school parties, the heavy emphasis on post-disco and new wave and exactly why this midwestern city is crucial to understanding the music. Techno Rebels also explores some of the awkward scenarios and false starts techno has met with when trying to find a U.S. audience in the late '80s and early '90s.

I think that gradual development is just as fascinating as the European catalysts. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good techno backgrounder and reference guide 10 July 1999
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I ordered this book the moment I got a notification from the Betalounge.com. Techno Rebels gives a historical overview of the origins of techno including detailed descriptions of the major players. Interesting details like pictures of "Techno Boulevard", Inner City's Saunderson (someone's music I always have admired) organizational talent to bring the right people (writers/singers) together to bring techno to the masses (allways thought Kevin did all the writing by himself). Even if you're not much of a reader, the last part of the books gives a reference of influential techno records together with availability info. As these records get re-released it will be fun to dig these songs up again. It's nice to see that someone took up the job to write this book and succeeded very well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true guide to techno! 29 Jun 1999
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This book has been written for someone like myself who thought I knew everything about techno and I have to keep re-reading pages the facts are just so incerdible! It has also been written by someone who has not excluded the people who know nothing about music. There is no snobbery involved with the compiling of this essential info.
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By labomba
Some critisicm has been levered at this book for not covering many of the european elements of 'techno' ie. gabba, trance - but that would be the musical equivalent of expecting a critique of rock to include a discussion on the merits of steps, boyzone or abba. This book keeps to the key elements of the music and pays the due homage to Detroit that this city deserves as the spiritual home of techno (not forgetting the outstanding contribution of kraftwerk). It covers all the key aspects of techno that will influence its evolution in to the 21st century. Intelligent, interesting - excellent!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hi-Tech Soul 9 May 2013
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Excellent book! Read it start to finish in one sitting! Couldn't put it down. R.I.P. Dan Sicko - your work lives on!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly encapsulates Techno's evolution! 28 Mar 1999
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Techno Rebels has its facts right, but beyond the content it's incredibly well-written. So the facts come alive -- you come to understand the personalities and philosophies of a youth movement out of Detroit, and it's compelling to see that movement expand throughout the world. This book gives a story and a soul to music so often charactarized as "mechanical" or "artificial." I highly recommend this to fans not only of techno, but anyone interested in any kind of music, movement, or the evolution of a culture.
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