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Saturday Night Forever: The Story of Disco Paperback – September 1, 2000

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"Sexy, funny, and fact-packed, this book is irresistible." -The Independent -- The Independent

"an almost immaculate document of a moment of 'total hedonistic excess,' and strongly recommended to lovers of life everywhere" -- Jon Savage, Mojo

About the Author

Alan Jones is a film-fueled freelance journalist. He has written for Vogue and The Arena. Jussi Kantonen is an architect, disco deejay, and former Latin Hustle Dance Champion of Finland.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556524110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556524110
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,030,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By David Scott on January 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
As a child of the '70s who was not disco shy back in the day, I thought I knew disco ... that is until I read an earlier edition of this book. The wonderful world of Eurodisco is at SNF's core, a world that remained quite underground in the U.S.A. Thus, this ain't the Bee Gees, folks (nor Disco Duck), and cover chanteuse Donna Summer is only a starting point.
If, like me, you thrill at the thought of discovering obscure musical delights, making new musical connections and exploring a secret scene that -- 30 years on -- has barely been uncovered, this book will rev your engines.
It also works overtime to dispel those pesky rumors that disco sucked; that it put musicians out of work; that it was homogenous, mindless, faceless; and that it is dead. The authors also do an admirable job of connecting disco genres to their various geographic and demographic sources, as well as connecting the music and movement to larger themes such as art, fashion, theory, lifestyle and even interior design.
The book is very particular to its authors and their biases (or, at least, personal histories), but that makes it a lively and thought-provoking read. Couple this book with the wonderful Last Night a Deejay Saved My Life, and you have a crash course in the secret music of the night!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By blondeguy10 on January 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
A brilliant well researched, and entertaining account of disco - ok I have seen some of the other reviews bemoaning about some of the exclusions, however dont let that put you off. I guess the 'whole story' still needs to be written but this is a first class valiant attempt.And puts the whole era (which I was to young to appreciate) into perspective. It deserves an extra star just for the chapter on Amanda Lear, finally getting the recognition she is due.
Definately recommended for all disco lovers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janet D. Blount on May 19, 2013
Format: Paperback
Borrowed this book from the library looking for a quick read. However, I kept it for almost a month. The first week was spent reading a history of Disco as an underground movement with an interesting culture (especially about it's efforts to keep song/artist names secret). There is also a brief segment about the mainstream commercial aspects of the genre. As noted by another reviewer, this is by no means a complete history (which would take at least 2-3 VERY LARGE books), but does a decent job covering a small segment of a larger picture.

To me, the best part of the book is the names & song titles that had me searching the internet for long lost favorites. It was for this reason I kept & renewed the book as often as I could.
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