Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980–1983

Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980–1983

As the 1970s gave way to the 80s, New York's party scene entered a ferociously inventive period characterized by its creativity, intensity, and hybridity. Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor chronicles this tumultuous time, charting the sonic and social eruptions that took place in the city’s subterranean party venues as well as the way they cultivated breakthrough movements in art, performance, video, and film. Interviewing DJs, party hosts, producers, musicians, artists, and dancers, Tim Lawrence illustrates how the relatively discrete post-disco, post-punk, and hip hop scenes became marked by their level of plurality, interaction, and convergence. He also explains how the shifting urban landscape of New York supported the cultural renaissance before gentrification, Reaganomics, corporate intrusion, and the spread of AIDS brought this gritty and protean time and place in American culture to a troubled denouement.

The Routledge Companion to African American Art History

The Routledge Companion to African American Art History

This Companion authoritatively points to the main areas of enquiry within the subject of African American art history. The first section examines how African American art has been constructed over the course of a century of published scholarship. The second section studies how African American art is and has been taught and researched in academia. The third part focuses on how African American art has been reflected in art galleries and museums. The final section opens up understandings of what we mean when we speak of African American art. This book will be of interest to graduate students, researchers, and professors and may be used in American art, African American art, visual culture, and culture classes.

To Live and Defy in LA

How Gangsta Rap Changed America

To Live and Defy in LA

In its early days, rap was understood as the poetry of the "inner city," which usually meant New York. Few expected anything as hard-edged as gangsta rap to emerge from Los Angeles, home of surf and sun. Felicia Viator tells the story of LA's self-styled "ghetto reporters," whose music forced America to see an urban crisis it preferred to ignore.

Rave on

Global Adventures in Electronic Dance Music

Rave on

Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect. Cultural liberation and musical innovation. Pyrotechnics, bottle service, bass drops, and molly. Electronic dance music has been a vital force for more than three decades now, and has undergone transformation upon transformation as it has taken over the world. In this searching, lyrical account of dance music culture worldwide, Matthew Collin takes stock of its highest highs and lowest lows across its global trajectory. Through firsthand reportage and interviews with clubbers and DJs, Collin documents the itinerant musical form from its underground beginnings in New York, Chicago, and Detroit in the 1980s, to its explosions in Ibiza and Berlin, to today's mainstream music scenes in new frontiers like Las Vegas, Shanghai, and Dubai. Collin shows how its dizzying array of genres--from house, techno, and garage to drum and bass, dubstep, and psytrance--have given voice to locally specific struggles. For so many people in so many different places, electronic dance music has been caught up in the search for free cultural space: forming the soundtrack to liberation for South African youth after Apartheid; inspiring a psychedelic party culture in Israel; offering fleeting escape from--and at times into--corporatization in China; and even undergirding a veritable "independent republic" in a politically contested slice of the former Soviet Union. Full of admiration for the possibilities the music has opened up all over the world, Collin also unflinchingly probes where this utopianism has fallen short, whether the culture maintains its liberating possibilities today, and where it might go in the future.

Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century British and American War Literature

Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century British and American War Literature

The first reference book to deal so fully and incisively with the cultural representations of war in 20th-century English and US literature and film. The volume covers the two World Wars as well as specific conflicts that generated literary and imaginativ

World Artists 1980-1990

An H.W. Wilson Biographical Dictionary

World Artists 1980-1990

Provides information about the childhood, education, and careers of prominent artists of the twentieth century

Lights, Camera, Sound Tracks

Lights, Camera, Sound Tracks

Spanning over five decades of history, Lights, Camera, Soundtracks surveys more than two thousand rock-and-roll movies, musicals, and performance films. Identifying the top guns involved in each film and the factors underlying each movie and film score's success, Martin Strong provides an authoritative, complete, and critical review of each film and accompanying soundtrack, along with: •A brief history of each movie and soundtrack •A list of the actors, directors, and musicians involved •A film synopsis Key facts and background information •Movie and soundtrack ratings •Track lists From pop and rock musicals, like the classic Elvis Presley vehicle Jailhouse Rock, Moulin Rouge, and Shrek!, to performance films and documentaries like I>Woodstock and Almost Famous, Strong includes all forms of rock and popular music. In addition, Strong lists the top thirty pulp-fiction films whose soundtracks massively impacted their success, such as Trainspotting, Reservoir Dogs, and The Full Monty, with a special mention of the rock and pop luminaries who have written film scores, like Peter Gabriel, Nick Cave, and Ry Cooder. Lights, Camera, Soundtracks is the ultimate, indispensable compendium for film and music aficionados alike.

New York

New York


Chambers Book of Facts

Chambers Book of Facts

An updated, compact information guide provides more than 200,000 facts and figures organized under nearly three hundred fields of interest and fourteen subject areas, including history, science, arts and culture, and sports, and is complemented by concise biographical profiles, sports statistics, a quick-reference index, maps, diagrams, and lists.