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Techno Rebels

The Renegades of Electronic Funk

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"The Best Book On Real Techno"
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This is the most comprehensive read on this highly misunderstood music style. Techno was pioneered by urban African Americans in the 1980s. This book covers the early Detroit Highschool party scene, late night Detroit radio (The Electrifying Mojo), the Belleville Three (Atkins, May, Saunderson), Jeff Mills “The Wizard”, Underground Resistance, the reception of Techno to European audiences as well as its neglect on home soil. This is essential reading if you are into the history of electronic dance music and especially if you are a fan of real true high tech soul.

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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.

Author Biography

Dan Sicko has written for numerous publications, including Rolling Stone, Wired, and Urb, and is a creative director with a Detroit-area advertising agency.
Release date Australia
April 15th, 2010
Author
Contributor
With Bill Brewster
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
13 illustrations
Imprint
Wayne State University Press
Pages
176
Dimensions
168x227x11
ISBN-13
9780814334386
Product ID
3997710

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