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Love Saves the Day: A History Of American Dance Music Culture, 1970–1979 Paperback – 2 Feb 2004

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  • Paperback: 522 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press (2 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822331985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822331988
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[A] densely detailed and heartfelt account of the era."
--Bruce Tantum, "Time Out New York"

," . . will surely stand as the definitive history of dance music's early years."
--Joe Madden, "Jockey Slut"

"[An] exhaustive journey through the pulsating dance floors of '70s New York."
--Mike Gwertzman," New York Post"

"Lawrence's astounding research and wide focus make this [disco's] definitive chronicle so far."
--Michaelangelo Matos, "CityPages "(Minneapolis)

"Essential reading for anyone interested in discovering the origins of DJing, clubbing, and the music we dance to."
--"Easy Jet Inflight Magazine"

"Lawrence has compiled a detailed, complex, fascinating, and unique history of disco dance music. . . . Highly recommended."
--R.D. Cohen," CHOICE"

"Packed with interviews with the key players, it's as good an introduction as you'll find to an all-too-often overlooked period in musical history."
--Phil Mongredien," Q"

"An extraordinary exercise in cultural history, this detailed and inspiring study lovingly excavates a crucial period in the evolution of Western music culture."
--Jeremy Gilbert, "Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory"

"["Love Saves the Day"] does an excellent job of covering both the gay and straight discos of New York and Fire Island. . . . [It] takes us back to a decade when the music was queen."
--Jesse Monteagudo, "The Weekly News "(Plantation, FL)

"[F]abulous reading, and this book looks destined to become a classic, opening up a whole lost world of night-time dance culture to generations for whom previously it was merely a rather imprecise legend."
--Bradley Winterton, "Taipei Times"


Love Saves the Day is what we need for generations to come: it’s the real history of dance music and dj/club culture.”—Louie Vega, dj/producer, Masters At Work & Nuyorican Soul

"A fantastic history of the birth of disco." 
(Tracey Thorn, Everything But the Girl The Guardian)

“As authoritative as it is gossipy, Love Saves the Day is the ultimate backstage view of disco, the underground phenomenon that ended up defining a decade. Tim Lawrence talked to virtually everyone who shaped ‘70s urban nightlife, but he keeps his prime focus on the djs who created its seductive soundtrack. With them as your witty, opinionated guides, you’ll find yourself well past the velvet ropes, deep inside a scene that has never been so thoroughly or lovingly illuminated.”—Vince Aletti, Village Voice

“At last disco gets the history it deserves. Tim Lawrence tells the story of ten years that shook the musical world with the scholar’s concern for detail and the fan’s concern for honor. Great tales of the humble and the ahubristic, of money, sex, and the utopia of the sound system. Illuminating and moving.”—Simon Frith, author of Performing Rites: On the Value of Popular Music

“At long last, a candid, detailed, and authoritative look back on one of dance music’s most seminal moments in time. This book on the genesis of the movement in 1970s New York will delight anyone from the researcher wanting some serious unbiased fact-checking all the way to the casual music lover curious for juicy anecdotes. It’s about time!”—François K., dj and founder and president of Wave Music

“I wish I'd written it myself.”—Barry Walters, Senior Music Critic, Rolling Stone

“[A]n extraordinarily rich work that ought to transform the ways we write the history of popular music. . . . [A] marvelous book. . . .”
(Mitchell Morris Journal of Popular Music Studies)

"[A] fine, groundbreaking history filled with fresh information and thoughtful perspectives on the disco decade, the result of his hundreds of interviews and exhaustive research. Scores of photographs and signature discographies nicely complement the text."
(Library Journal)

"[A]s Tim Lawrence illustrates in Love Saves The Day, the story of disco is richer than its battered reputation lets on. . . . [A]n exceedingly well-reported history. . . . Love Saves The Day works as an eye-opening history of a movement that found a nation taking time out to dance."
(Andy Battaglia The Onion)

"[P]acked with detail . . . without turning dull; [Love Saves the Day] offers a non-hagiographic treatment of dance-music icons. . . and, perhaps best of all, Lawrence's riveting storytelling puts you deep in the proto-disco moment. . . . Love Saves the Day not only gets dance-music history right--it refocuses that history to include those unjustly excluded from it."
(Ethan Brown New York)

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