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Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture by Alice Echols

Alice Echols has written a fine nonfiction look at the American decade of the 1970s and how Disco affected and influenced the culture of America. An honest, straight-forward book, the secrets both covert and overt are revealed in detail for the reader.

The text also contains accompanying photographs which will be of interest to those interested in the 1970s. The Disco effect touches deeply and in depth on three of its major themes: male homosexuality, femininity, and blackness.

It was novelist Tom Wolfe who nicknamed the 1970s decade as the "Me Decade." It was both a compliment of personal choice as well as a curse of sorts, as the phrase caught on and stuck with anything concerned with the 1970s.

Alice Echols exposes the myths concerning Disco, and showed that it was not a reflection of a decade some social critics labeled as superficial and completely disposable with little socially redeeming attributes. Again, this decade was the era that saw three major movements in the United States unfold, namely, Gay liberation, feminism, and the black freedom struggle for full equal rights. A study of the books index and chapters reveals how many important artists and fads in the mainstream were prevalent. Although the 1970s fads have come and vanished to some degree some of the many artists writers and performers who pioneered this area are still creating and active.

Alice Echols is a professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers. At one time a Disco deejay she is the author of highly acclaimed biography of Janis Joplin Scars of Sweet Paradise. Alice Echols lives in Highland Park New Jersey.

This book about Disco is bluntly honest and will have an impact on how readers review examine approach you will not be disappointed with this book and you will be surprised with the information the author shares with the readers. Highly recommended.

Additional Info

  • Book Title: Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture
  • Author: Alice Echols
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Year Published: 2010
  • Book Type:: Non-Fiction
  • ISBN: 9780393066753
  • Rating: Four Stars
  • Number of Pages: 338
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