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"One of the smartest and most audacious pieces of musical sociology in years, Club Cultures anatomizes Britain's turn-of-the-'90s dance scene with the style and sympathy that Dick Hebdige's classic Subculture applied to punk." ―Spin Magazine

"Skipping from discos to acid houses to raves, the world within the scene is dissected by theoretical insight and first hand experience . . . Thornton never falls short on hipster jargon."―Bikini

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"A wonderful book, a delight to read, and a real contribution to the literature on popular music and youth culture and to the broader literature of cultural studies and popular culture." (Lawrence Grossberg, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
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Product Details

  • Series: Music Culture
  • Paperback: 201 pages
  • Publisher: Wesleyan (January 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819562971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819562975
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #823,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sarah Thornton is a freelance writer who contributes to The New Yorker, BBC-TV, and Artforum.com. She has degrees in art history and sociology. She lives in London.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Durfy on May 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
I never write reviews, but I felt compelled because my experience with this book was so different from the other reviewer's. I found this book very easy to read. She explores rave culture in the U.K. through her first-hand research and she extends Bourdieu's theory of cultural capital in a very natural way. This book will surely be in the cannon of important subcultural analyses, and I've seen it referenced many times in scholarly articles. It is at once scholarly and interesting, and I definitely recommend it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Miernik on February 1, 2013
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Thornton's Club Cultures are one of the best studies of youth subcultures there is. Thornton manages to combine a very good theoretical analysis with a great writing style that steer clear of the obscure language that sometimes plagues the academia. The historical background is fascinating, and the theoretical issues are truly inspiring. Even though the book was originally published in 1995 it still is very insightful, and well illustrates the shortcomings of early subcultural theory.
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2 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tayloe Nickey on December 30, 2009
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I got this book after very much enjoying Thornton's "7 Days in the Art World". But this book is just about unreadable. I stopped after about 30 minutes. It might have made an OK long magazine article, but it is just too booooooring.
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