Mars by 1980
An exhaustive history of electronic music from the acclaimed author of Future Days
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In Mars By 1980, David Stubbs charts the evolution of electronic music from the earliest mechanical experiments in the late nineteenth century, through to the familiar sounds of electronica, house and techno that we know today. It’s a tale of mavericks and future dreamers overcoming Luddite resistance, malfunctioning devices, and sonic mayhem. The beginnings may be in the world of avant-classical composition, but it continues on through the cosmic funk of Stevie Wonder and Giorgio Moroder, via the astonishing sounds of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, through unforgettable eighties electropop by the likes of Depeche Mode, the Pet Shop Boys and Laurie Anderson, and right up to present-day innovators on the underground scene.
An elegant, humorous, diligently researched labour of love.
If you only buy one account of electronica, make it this . . . Enthralling.
A vital document. Essential reading.
Stubbs unpicks a vast, sprawling and very human history . . . A wise, humane guide.
A fascinating trip back to the future which stands alongside Simon Reynolds’s rave history Energy Flash as one of the best books in the field.
An absorbing account . . . This instructive book may help us listen to the world with ears newly attuned.
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