You Better Work! Underground Dance Music in New York

ISBN-10: 0819564044

ISBN-13: 9780819564047

Edition: 2000

Authors: Kai Fikentscher

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"You Better Work!" is the first detailed study of underground dance music or UDM, a phenomenon that has its roots in the overlap and cross-fertilization of African American and gay cultural sensibilities that have occurred since the 1970s. UDM not only predates and includes disco, but also constitutes a unique performance practice in the history of American social dance. Taking New York City as its geographic focus, "You Better Work!" shows how UDM functions in the lives of its DJs and dancers, and how it is used as the primary identifier of an urban subculture shaped essentially by the relationships between music, dance, and marginality. Kai Fikentscher goes beyond stereotypical images of club and disco to explore the cult and culture of the DJ, the turntable and vinyl recordings as musical instruments, and the vital relationship between music and dance at underground clubs. Including interviews, photographs, and an extensive discography, this ethnographic account tells the story of a celebration of collective marginality through music and dance
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 8/18/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Discovering the Underground: Entry to the Field
The Objective of Investigation: Underground Dance Music
Why study Underground Dance Music? The role of New York City
Music and Marginality
The Purpose of a Study of Underground Dance Music
A Definition of Underground
A Definition of Dance Music
The Relationship of underground Dance Music to New York City
Meditated music and musical immediacy
The music-dance relationship in social dance
Research phases
Ethnography and ethno history: A brief detour
Disco: The Premise for Underground Dance Music
Literature on disco and dance music
Social dance in America: The African American continuum
Social dancing in New York: The Gay Factor
The Cult And Culture of The DJ
Vinyl records as meditated music
The disco concept: Meditated music and musical immediacy
The art of spinning: The DJ as musician
DJ technology 8 DJ repertoire: Programming versus mixing
Peaking the floor
Beyond mixing: The DJ as cultural hero
The rise of the club DJ: Remix and production work
Conclusion: Why 12-inch vinyl is critical
The Dancers: Working (It) Out
Dancing: Interactive versus collective performance
The body as musical instrument
A definition of dance
The body as social instrument
The body as social instrument: Dance, identity, marginality
Clubbing in the field: Underground dance venues in New York City
Interactive performance: The musical process and cultural context of underground dance music
Conclusion: Keep on dancing
Underground Dancing: Autonomy And Interdependence in Music and Dance
Interactive performance: Synchronicity beyond simultaneity
Vibe: the booth-floor interaction
Rhythm as primary link between sound and motion
Changing modes of dance music production
A comparison of for 12-inch dance singles
Conclusion: Feel the vibe
The Underground As Cultural Context: The Marginality of Ethnic and Sexual Minorities
Gay culture and black culture
Double marginality, social affinity
Historical links between African-American and gay culture
The discotheque and gay liberation
The African American imprint: The discotheque as church
Conclusion: Underground dance music as a celebration of marginality
Outlook: Underground Dance Music Beyond The 1990's
Appendix: A Selection of 100 UDM Records
Text and Image
Second Recordings
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