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Mars by 1980: The Story of Electronic Music by [David Stubbs]

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Mars by 1980: The Story of Electronic Music Kindle Edition

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Length: 442 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Editorial Reviews


"Bewitching . . . fascinating"―New Statesman

"If you only buy one account of electronica, make it this" ―5***** Record Collector

"Rarely dry, never boring [ ... ] a wise, humane guide to all these possible futures, all these possible worlds"―Sunday Times

Music journalist Stubbs (Fear of Music)</i< admirably pulls together various fields of electronic music into a cohesive history. Stubbs starts this trenchant survey with the machine-obsessed, neo-fascist futurist composers, such as Arseni Avraamov and his 1922 Symphony of Sirens before working through pioneering midcentury found-sound and recorded-loop composers such as Pierre Schaffer and Edgard Varese, who would later inspire Frank Zappa, among many other musicians. Stubbs weaves criticism throughout, declaring Karlheinz Stockhausen the greatest composer of the 20th century and noting how postwar electronic noodling sounded “redolent of antennae and Martian holidays, and hovercars.” Stubbs amps up the narrative once disco and punk hit the scene, approvingly describing No Wave commandos Suicide as “anti-tainers, dispensing sonic flamethrowers from the stage,” as well as in capturing the chilling sounds of such electro-pop innovators as Brian Eno, Depeche Mode, and Kraftwerk. Stubbs expertly weaves granular encyclopedic detail into a sweeping cultural history in this astute and entertaining study of how a fringe music form entered the mainstream. Agent: Kevin Pocklington, North Agency. (Nov.)

"David Stubbs surveys a century of electronic music in discursive rather than encyclopedic fashion. It's an elegant, humorous, diligently researched labor of love, full of sharp connections"―Uncut --This text refers to the hardcover edition.


Praise for Future Days:

“A massive answered prayer… Well-researched, well-written, intensely detailed, and oftentimes gripping."―Kirkus Reviews

"The rollicking energy of his prose and reeling majesty of his imagery convey everything about this music that transcends time and place.”―Simon Reynolds, author of Retromania and Rip It Up and Start Again --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • File Size : 5037 KB
  • Publication Date : July 31, 2018
  • ASIN : B07C885Z5X
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 442 pages
  • Publisher : Faber & Faber (July 31, 2018)
  • Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 43 ratings