Top 5 EDM Books You Must Read Right Now
Has raving every weekend finally caught up with you? Is your body looking forward to hitting the couch with the sickest drop in history?
Well, we at Mix 247 know the feeling all too well. Rave life is life. Luckily for you, we have the cure for your poor souls and for those who are looking to break a mental sweat for a change. We have compiled a list of the best EDM books out so that your body can rest while your mind parties on. So, grab a pillow or three and sit, relax, read, repeat.
It is no secret that women are far from properly represented in any workforce. Despite growing acceptance of gender equality, women continue to face workplace hardships. Rebekah Farrugia’s Beyond the Dance Floor analyzes the role of women in electronic dance music. Rebekah highlights the troubles that lie in the dance music culture as it relates to gender, politics and community. As the battle for women’s rights continues, Beyond remains a relevant and impactful read.
Author Thomas Wesley Pentz, otherwise known as Diplo, has traveled the world to gain knowledge and influence of the music in different cultures. In 128 Beats, readers are presented with a behind-the-scenes look at the producer’s travels as shot through the lens of photographer Shane McCauley. Every page reflects the inspiration behind the Philadelphia-based DJs music. Within the book, Diplo also provides playlists that are sure to spread the musical boundaries of all readers.
Music has a way of uniting and affecting people of all cultures and backgrounds regardless of many differences. Emilia Simao, who holds a master’s in multimedia communication, focuses on multiple aspects of electronic dance music and its effect on human behavior. For example, Chapter 3 in the book discusses the transformation of ritualistic and spiritual practices among festival attendees. Exploring is a significant in-depth read for not only music lovers, but for anyone who wishes to understand the cultural emulsifier that is music.
Some intelligent being once said, “you don’t know where you’re headed unless you know where you’ve been.” Last Night takes readers through the historical progression of the nucleus of all parties worldwide; the DJ. Written by Bill Brewster, Last Night covers the history of music from radio to clubs. Bill delves into a myriad of genres such as reggae, U.S. garage to acid house and techno. Look no further than Last Night to grow a fond appreciation of the DJ that keeps you dancing all night long.
“There is a certain tribe-vibe you get when the participants are all committed to the music…”
Energy Flash author Simon Reynolds has covered almost every facet of electronic dance music, offering his views in this book. Simon examines how rave culture has spread from Europe to America and the scene-makers who were part of the process. Throughout the book, Simon also exposes the underbelly of the phenomena that is rave culture. Energy Flash relentlessly introduces readers to the multitude of complexions within the EDM culture.
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