A Book Review Guide of Electronic Music Resources
Modulations: A History of Electronic MusicEdited by: Peter Shapiro
A coffee table companion to the documentary film by the same name although by no means is it absolutely definitive it does offer a look into the culture. Lots of cool quotes, but some missed connections almost too obvious to overlook. One of the first of it's kind, though. You gotta dig it for being at the forefront – kind of an outsider looking in feel. It offers a lot of insight, giving a lot of meaning to what is otherwise a hedonistic culture.
Published in 2000 – www.caipirinha.com
Generation Ecstasy: Into the World of Techno & Rave Culture By: Simon Reynolds
This documents the presence of drugs throughout the original summers of love in the UK, but follows thru to tie in styles to different types of drugs and has great shots of all your favorite dj's (Oakenfold, Danny Rampling, et al) way back in '88 — so there's proof that they're geezers even if they don't necessarily look it. Generally well-informed & a pretty interesting read – the only thing we don't like about it is that it acts as if nobody is actually into the music for the music itself.
Published in 1998, Routledge
Last Night A DJ Saved My Life: The History of the Disc Jockey By: Bill Brewster & Frank Broughton
This book's right on. It walks you through the whole thing, from the birth of the turntable all the way up to the birth of the superstar dj. The facts are right on. I would consider this THE definitive source for your dj knowledge, many myths and legends put to rest in this book, and reading it should be an absolute prerequisite to becoming a dj.
Published in 1999: Grove Press Books
The ambient century: from Mahler to Trance – The Evolution of Sound in the Electronic Age By Mark Prendergast
A lot of book for the buck, this solidly traces the roots of ambient music from its classical days with Satie's 'Furniture Music' to the coining of the term ambient by Brian Eno (and a foreword written by Eno himself). It makes clear reference to the influence ambient music plays into all styles including drum n' bass & trance & everything (we really do mean everything) in between. A little exhaustiive, but definitely thorough.
Published in 2000, www.bloomsbury.com
Microphone Fiends: Youth Music, Youth Culture Edited By: Andrew Ross & Tricia Rose
A collection of essays not just specifically about electronic music, but very informative nonetheless – even uplifting at times. Just read Lady Kier Kirby's (of deee-lite fame; remember groove is in the heart!) full page and a half dj pep talk–if this doesn't make you wanna be a dj. . . very uplifting!
Published in 1994, Routledge
Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America By Tricia Rose
Finally–written word that vindicates the existence of rap & hip hop. Any old person who gives you crap about listening to rap should be made to read this book. Explains in great detail the despair that hip hop grew out of and represented. A must read for any true hip hop head.
Published in 1994, Wesleyan University Press
Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century By Greil Marcus
Using the explosion of the sex pistols onto the punk rock scene as the jump off point, Mr. Marcus free verse floats connections all over the map, genre- and scene-jumping every minute. A restless read. Very hard to take it all in in one take, but entertaining nonetheless. It rolls the avante-garde, punk rock and social commentary all into one.
Published in 1990, Harvard
The Mobile DJ Handbook: How to Start & Run a Profitable Mobile DJ service By Stacy Zemon
It is what it says it is. But if you have the gear and you have the music, why not? It's just another way to make some extra cash. This book teaches you the ABC's of being a mobile DJ. It is an essential reference guide if you want to make it.
Published in 1997, Focal Press