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  • Series: Painted Turtle
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Painted Turtle; 2 edition (April 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814334385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814334386
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

An updated, expanded history of techno music with special attention to its roots in Detroit.

About the Author

Dan Sicko has written for numerous publications, including Rolling Stone, Wired, and Urb, and is a creative director with a Detroit-area advertising agency.

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If you want to read about trance there's all too many books.
Monny
"Techno Rebels" is a must for anyone interested in music history and for community library music collections.
Midwest Book Review
Techno is a style of electronic dance music born in Detroit, Michigan.
Francesco Lo Forte

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Monny on February 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
I think the reviewer above who complains about Sicko's lack of information on hardcore and trance has somewhat missed the point. This book exists, as the author stated above, to show the ignorant American that techno was, in fact, a music indigenous to his/her country. Techno isn't trance and it isn't hardcore. If you want to read about trance there's all too many books. If you want to read about techno there are very few. All credit to Sicko for trying to rectify that.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 1999
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Techno Rebels has its facts right, but beyond the content it's incredibly well-written. So the facts come alive -- you come to understand the personalities and philosophies of a youth movement out of Detroit, and it's compelling to see that movement expand throughout the world. This book gives a story and a soul to music so often charactarized as "mechanical" or "artificial." I highly recommend this to fans not only of techno, but anyone interested in any kind of music, movement, or the evolution of a culture.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Christian Molstrom on October 31, 1999
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As a book on the artists behind techno, Sicko's work is quite good. It is packed with names, dates, albums, tunes, clubs, and so forth, as one would expect from a music journalist. But as a work on techno, the art, I found the book to have some glaring holes. He does not discuss the technology of techno, he does not discuss the techniques developed by techno artists, and he does not really explore the question of what really aesthetically distinguishes techno from other music forms (I would expect a chapter devoted to each subject). But this book did not set out to answer these questions, I don't think -- an indication perhaps that the critical thinking on techno is still in its infancy.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By PAdams on September 2, 2004
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Most will not understand this book, esp the rich little newbie surburbans who only know moby and oakenfold types. Take a time machine back in time to early 80's chicago (south side) , detroit (inner city) , Newyork (Bronxs) and grow up a under privilaged minority and you will understand where techno funk really came from. if you can't get in that state of mind then stay away from this book. because names like Ron hardy, Derrick May ,juan atkins, etc will mean nothing to you, because you were not part of the struggle, so all those who say it is boring because it does not reflect a big Ibiza rave or love parade. you will go to grave never knowing where it all started. Techno is no different then any style that has been badly emulated and shaped by cultures who bring to it there own exeperience and have the capital to make it go pop and ruin what use to be a very funky underground style. the same will eventually happen to Hip Hop. and to the reviewer who said your professor gave you this to read, Her mind is totally on a different level then yours.and also books like this dont explain gear no reason to, you want to know gear go buy some magazines. the soul makes the music not the machines, there just brushes to paint what you are saying from your subconcious.

Black and Gifted making electronic music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "joseph_ruszel" on October 15, 2001
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This book is very decent. It definitely tracks the growth of the techno scene and genre in America very well, especially for the techno enthusiast.
This book is NOT, however necessarily appropriate for the person who thinks "techno" means everything electronic. Techno is a specific genre of electronic music that does NOT include trance, hardcore, jungle/d'n'b, or whichever other genres people have been complaining about the lack of in this book. If you note the author's review, he clearly states that the book is first and foremost a chronicle of American techno music.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "joseph_ruszel" on October 15, 2001
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This book is very decent. It definitely tracks the growth of the techno scene and genre in America very well, especially for the techno enthusiast.
This book is NOT, however necessarily appropriate for the person who thinks "techno" means everything electronic. Techno is a specific genre of electronic music that does NOT include trance, hardcore, jungle/d'n'b, or whichever other genres people have been complaining about the lack of in this book. If you note the author's review, he clearly states that the book is first and foremost a chronicle of American techno music.
Good Job Mr. Sicko!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By rocco depietro on January 31, 2002
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Sicko's coverage of Early techno and it's developments
is both thorough and entertaining. The subject matter is extremely ambitious, and yet he pulls it off.
A good painting of 80's subculture in terms of its social and musical aspects. Perhaps the best part of the book is the "Discography" at the end in which he lists scores of techno records with the artist, date, label, and availability.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Douglas A. Greenberg VINE VOICE on August 5, 1999
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Dan Sicko deserves credit here for being the first person to attempt to put together a definitive history of techno as a musical genre. Being from Detroit, his strength is his encyclopedic knowledge of the evolution of the techno scene in the Motor City. Although the ultimate relevance of some of the early material about dance parties and such is never adequately explained, Sicko reveals the early development of Detroit techno skillfully and thoroughly.
For some other aspects of the history of techno, perhaps a second book by someone else will be necessary. For one thing, once Sicko reaches the point in his narrative where techno becomes a "world-wide" phenomenon, his survey of its proliferation and evolution is sketchy at best, and misleading and partial at worst. With the exception of some acknowledgment of the seventies techno-pop act Kraftwork, he shortchanges throughout the significant contributions by Germans (e.g., no mention of Sven Vath, Paul van Dyk, or Oliver Lieb, and in his discussion of current and future directions in techno, including offshoots into new musical genres, some unknown artists (undoubtedly of Sicko's acquaintance) are featured prominently, whereas important styles such as trance and progressive house are ignored completely.
He also has difficulty conveying what the music is actually like. I realize that expressing the essence of one artistic medium in terms of another is difficult, but someone who has never heard techno would finish the book with no clearer idea of what "techno" actually is than when he or she started. Exactly what techno fans "listen for" in this music and the role that techno plays within their lives/subculture are also important, but never discussed adequately.
Still, Sicko is a pioneer here, and deserves credit for what he accomplished in this first attempt at a "history of techno."
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