Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture, 1970-1979 Paperback – 4 Feb 2004
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"Thanks to an impressive amount of research Tim Lawrence ...creates an evocative portrait of the Big Apple DJ demimonde of the 1970s." Peter Shapiro, The Wire "Will surely stand as the definitive history of dance music's early years." Joe Madden, Jockey Slut "Packed with detail ... without turning dull... riveting storytelling." Ethan Brown "A densely detailed and heartfelt account of the era." Time Out New York "Lawrence's astounding research and wide focus make this [disco's] definitive chronicle so far." Minneapolis City Pages "Lawrence has accomplished the seemingly impossible feat of cuing up every famed and arcane component of disco's ethos and executing a narrative possessed by a seamless grace that's comparable to the work of the legendary DJs who are duly chronicled... [A] most significant examination of this watershed period within our pop-cult heritage." Philadelphia CityPaper "Fabulous 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." Taipei Times " ... as good an introduction as you will find to an all-too-often overlooked period in musical history."--Q, June 2004 "Essential reading for anyone interested in discovering teh origins of DJing, clubbing and the music we dance to."--Easyjet Magazine, April 2004 "This brilliant study of the birth of disco and the spawning of a million different subgenres of same is crucial reading for anyone who thinks they know their club culture. Because until you've read this you might as well know nothing, nada, zilch... This illuminating work features early sightings of some of today's established movers and shakers, often while still ambitiously adolescent, with every page featuring a surprise discovery, every dark corner a new beat."--i-D Magazine, June 2004 "Love Saves the Day is a fully comprehensive, well-composed analysis of dance culture during it's most crucial and subliminal time during the seventies. Tim Lawrence has done his homework and his dynamic delivery also possesses a delightful, intimate style. This book can be enjoyed on numerous levels... Love Saves the Day is a revealing, captivating and enlightening read." --Straight No Chaser, Autumn 2004
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"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 "See all Product Description
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Refreshingly Lawrence focusses less on the periphery of celebrities, glitz and dodgy films, concentrating instead on the deejays, downtown club kids, music, record industry and promoters that make up the essence of disco. The scene really comes to life and familiar figures like Mancuso, Levan and many more take on a real, three dimensional character.
My only concerns are that it has a New York-centric emphasis. Manhattan being the epicentre of the scene makes this inevitable perhaps and attempting to cover other scenes in sufficient detail would have led to over a thousand pages, so I'll forgive him that.
Other readers may find the academic nature of some of the text a bit burdensome (the book started out as a Phd thesis) but if you're prepared to engage with the disco movement in a serious way then a bit of intellectual rigour doesn't go amiss. I was happy to along with his sociological theses and they steer largely clear of pretentious waffle, thankfully.
An essential book for anyone with an interest in the beauty of 70s disco and the gay, black & hispanic underground club scene that spawned it.
No apologies for the depth and detail of this lively and informative read. It is a surprising gaze into the origins of this art form, which at its musical best has deep rooted energy, soul and passion - as experienced streaming from David Mancuso's reach for the most sublime auditory experience, and Nicky Siano's search for the most exciting... This book reveals the substance behind the Italian American led disco culture, the loft music spaces, venues and clubs into which the sounds poured and the people filled en masse.
The silver thread woven through LSD is the starry role of the DJ. The truly great figures set musical standards that shape and became one in communion with the crowd. Standards are expressed in choice of track, by quality of rapport between DJ and punters, and the musical splice. Dancers are taken on a journey into sound, of ecstatic cliff hanging highs, a low with a drug induced crash of equipment, or to the bar for a drink with a profit motive in mind.
LSD tells of an often uneasy relationship with the music industry, the money making machinery, and commercialization. It draws in a shower of contemporaneous divas and explores the creation of some great dance mixes and the origins of the 12".Read more ›
Love Saves The Day is a fully comprehensive (including enough charts and photos) well-composed analysis of dance cultures most crucial subliminal times.
An expert, dynamic approach delivered with a delightful intimate style: it can be enjoyed at all levels for being so open minded, so embellished with amusing little stories as well as being authentic and knowledgeable.
Tim Lawrence deeply and meaningfully penetrates via the eyes of the dancer, through all their moves and steps into the heart and soul of the New York dance scene of the 70's and more...
This book will most definitely reveal to the reader the captivating, enlightening and continuous link between the most significant 'disco' themes, the greatest parties which made an 'era' and the never-ending journey-quest into the true spirit of dance culture. It is a key book and not-to-be missed if anyone likes to combine knowledge with entertainment.
A stunning and MUST read brilliantly researched and presented from a Social Anthropology angle, comeplete with analysis.
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Absolutely brilliant, so well written, and researched. Really enjoyed it. Paints a real picture in your mind, great books do thatPublished 3 months ago by hammu
A highly exacting (whilst highly readable) journey through the evolution of DJ'ing in seventies clubland. Read morePublished on 24 July 2013 by slabface
Im really enjoin reading this book. Its a little slow to start with as there many names being mentioned that are hard to keep a track of. Read morePublished on 13 Sept. 2010 by Leftover
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