Ranting and Raving : Dance Music as Everyday Culture

Ranting and Raving : Dance Music as Everyday Culture

Details

Author(s)
Tami Gadir, Matt Brennan, Simon Frith
Format
Paperback | 208 pages
Dimensions
152 x 229mm
Publication date
20 May 2021
Publisher
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication City/Country
New York
Language
English
ISBN10
1501346407
ISBN13
9781501346408

Description

Dance music-for some people, at some times, in some places, perhaps even on some drugs-can be a gateway to utopia. With the help of skilled DJs, dancers can reach euphoric trance states, discard their egos, and feel their gendered and other identities dissolve. In these settings, dance floors are sites of openness, subversion, and even collective acts of political resistance. At its best, dance music offers glimpses of better worlds.

But more often than not, dance music is ordinary. Ranting and Raving shows that such utopian dance floors are the exception, not the rule. Clubbers physically harass other clubbers based on gender and racial prejudices. Booking agents use myths about merit and masculine artistry to justify their under-booking of women, transgender, and nonbinary DJs. And DJ technology corporations contribute to an inequitable labor market by outsourcing their manufacturing to free-trade zones. Grounded in field work and the accounts of dance music participants across the globe, this book argues that dance music-like all culture-is bound up with the realities of everyday life.


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