THE STORY OF DISCO
in Great Britain, April 1999 by Mainstream.
Second edition December 2005.
exhaustive and entertaining book tells the
stories of all the Disco pioneers you've
never heard of with good humour and in serious
detail. Especially charming are the Disco
Fact snippets - can you still get the porno
cash-in SATURDAY NIGHT BEAVER on video,
breathlessly concise guide to the 1970s
Disco movement profiles all the stars, along
with the hot house clubs where their peculiarly
nocturnal glamour was cultivated and adored.
Anybody in search of obscure discographies,
or just graded lists of tacky Disco-related
products - be they films, drugs or tasteless
record sleeves - will not be disappointed.
A decade remembered by those who were there
for those who wish they'd been".
THE SUNDAY TIMES (who rated the book Number
2 as the must-read Summer book of 1999)
truly Awesome book! A must-have for any
Disco lover. The book covers all aspects
of Disco - History, Clubs, Movies, Clothes,
Dance Steps, Artists, Producers... You name
it - it's in there!".
frenetic back-flip of memories and name-checks,
a breathless, eager attempt to disinter
some of the buried moments of mid-Seventies
THE LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS
all Disco dollies - d'ya know your Bee Gees
from your Chic? If not find out more with
this cool look at the origins of all types
of Disco from roller to gay, Euro to funk.
Roll on that boob tube and boogie on down"
story of Disco as told by Alan Jones (ex-warm-up
deejay for the Sex Pistols) and Jussi Kantonen
is as close to definitive as it gets".
warts-and-all account of the scene, and
pervaders of those recent movies 54 and
THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO should be made to
bow at the altar of those who know".
compiled, the perfect introduction for neophytes
and instant memory bank for expert pussy
bumpers. With a sharp, but not exclusively
gay perspective - great material about early
70s London gay clubs, SATURDAY NIGHT FOREVER
is an almost immaculate document of a moment
of 'total hedonistic excess' and is strongly
recommended to lovers of life everywhere".
book lists so many singers, clubs and records
that a popular explosion of Disco fever
begins to look likely".
great thing about Disco is that you can
really dance to the songs and if you'd like
to know more about the original Disco phase,
you should nab a copy"
GIRL ABOUT TOWN
NIGHT FOREVER gets laudably close to capturing
the spirit of the Disco era. As a chronicle
of the times, the writers' enthusiasm goes
some way to explaining why so many people
got swept up in a euphoria generated by
what has often been regarded as a comparatively
shallow period in pop music's less than
SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY
bring back happy memories for those who
Published in Italy, July 2000, by Arcana
Libri under the title LOVE TRAIN: LA STORIA
DELLA DISCO MUSIC: TITOLO PER TITOLO E NOTTE
PER NOTTE/LOVE TRAIN: THE STORY OF DISCO:
TITLE BY TITLE, NIGHT BY NIGHT.
all here: the economic background Disco
music sprung from, those special Disco moments,
the sub-culture revolution it represented,
and all draped in Seventies nostalgia. If
you love strobe-lights, then LOVE TRAIN
is the book for you"
brilliant document of dance music from the
Bee Gees to the Chemical Brothers passing
through every Disco trend. A great analysis
of the underground Disco movement".
aim of LOVE TRAIN is the celebration of
an esoteric kitsch epoch informed by a lovingly
aggressive attitude. As THE LAST DAYS OF
DISCO proved, the material is endlessly
fascinating and just as relevant today".
roots of modern dance music explored with
irresistible panache and wonderful descriptions
of the famous and not-so-famous Disco tracks,
club atmospheres and key producers. These
guys know everything there is to know about
Published in America, September 2000, by
Chicago Review Press.
and Kantonen capture the garishly costumed
heestory of deesco in all its everything's-allowed
glory. I've spent years praying on a battlestar
for more music critics who can appreciate
the genius of Santa Esmeralda, Boney M,
and Alec Costandinos and the Syncophonic
Orchestra's version of 'Romeo and Juliet',
and these guys tell you more about all of
the above than you ever imagined possible.
I would 'push push in their bush' any day".
EXCERPT FROM 'FEVER KITSCH' by Colin Paterson
published in the Scottish Sunday Herald.
devotees, Alan Jones and Jussi Kantonen
- better known as the man who deejayed for
the Sex Pistols and 1979 Latin Hustle Champion
of Finland respectively - have decided enough
is enough. In their new book they have set
out to tell their side of the Disco story
starting in 1973 and ending in 1982 with
the Boystown Gang's 'Can't Take My Eyes
Off You', the last orchestral Disco track.
Their aim is to emphasise the music and
in doing so call for a true critical reappraisal
of acts such as Giorgio Moroder, The Ritchie
Family and Amanda Lear.
"It's quality music, played by huge
orchestras and sung by fantastic singers.
Many, such as Jocelyn Brown, are still around",
says Jones. "Through Disco, Jussi and
I shared the same experiences. We bought
the same albums and danced to the same dance
steps although we were both from different
countries and lifestyle cultures. I liked
the Pistols' music but I liked Disco much
more. Disco was rebel music as well. It
changed a lot of attitudes. We deliberately
didn't want to interview the people we discuss
in the book because we didn't want that
kind of reality coming into it. It's only
definitive from our points of view".