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Techno Rebels: The Renegades of Electronic Funk

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  159 ratings  ·  14 reviews
An updated, expanded history of techno music with special attention to its roots in Detroit.
Paperback, 163 pages
Published April 15th 2010 by Painted Turtle Book (first published May 1999)
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Slye
This is a solid introduction to techno music, its trappings and origins, penned by Dan Sicko at the turn of the century as a sort of round up of techno's history up to that moment.

The undisputed strength of this book lies in its first half, which chronicles the rise of early techno from the crucible of Detroit's early eighties party scene. "Progressive" was the description given at the time to the mix of funk, new wave, disco and synth pop that held sway on the city's dancefloors, records drawn
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Kathleen
i wanted to love this book. i love detroit. i love detroit techno. i loved dancing my ass off in filthy abandoned factories and warehouses with no lights. there was a joyful, creative, communal feeling that i got, and that my friends got, going into the ruins of detroit and making joy there. it was a triumphant feeling we got from our reclamation of those spaces. i wanted this book to capture that feeling that techno gave detroit. and it didn't.
it was a very informative book, which was nice. bu
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Andrew
I'm surprised to see the lower reviews that this book receives on GoodReads; it's an entirely comprehensive study of the origins and maturation of Detroit Techno. The book does a great job of digging deep into the socioeconomics of the era that gave birth to the genre, so that by the time you get to the big Charivari party, you understand exactly why these kids are blending the things that they're blending together and where the genre was born.

To be fair, the second half of the book is scattere
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Jenn
While I'm glad that a book exists on Detroit techno, it really only skims the surface. The fact that Dan Sicko chose to not include the warehouse parties that went on here in Detroit is really questionable, as that was a major part of the development of many dj's here. The DEMF was remarkable because it gave credence to what everyone had been doing underground for so many years. Now the DEMF is just a quick cash-grab. This book serves more as biographical information about the pioneers of Detroi ...more
Justin
Jul 26, 2007 Justin rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody interested in the history of Techno
While the book is kind of dated (written in 1999 -- it discusses mp3 as an emerging distribution technology) and the writing style is pretty dry (very academic in nature), the book does provide an informative history of techno up to 1999. I feel the author does kind of overemphasize the importance of developments in Detroit throughout the book, but he does at least somewhat cover techno developments elsewhere in the world. Or maybe I'm not giving Detroit the credit it deserves. Overall, much of ...more
Robert
Not so much good writing. But some history I wanted: advent of detroit techno. How it came from Chicago "house" music. And how Canada relates. And how it really, and I guess not-surprisingly, well, how much of all this stuff comes from kraftwerk and 70's disco.

Pretty much disregarded the latter chapters -- those seemed more fanzine than history.
Monica
Sep 16, 2008 Monica marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Does this count as "currently reading" if I'm kind of on hold with it? It's weird: as a techno freak I really should have read this book long ago. But I guess it just doesn't hold me, oddly enough.
Stos
Dec 18, 2007 Stos rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Detroiters, Techno/Electronic Music fans
Easily the most comprehensive book ever written on Detroit Techno, and Detroit's overall contribution to the global electronic music scene. A must read for fans of Detroit, and electronic music.
Kelly
Aug 05, 2007 Kelly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dorks
Fairly basic account of the origins of techno. Ideally, this book would have been split into multiple volumes in order to fully explore the contributions made by each city.
Todd Johnson
An excellent and comprehensive history lesson for anyone into the electronic music genre that wants to know the beginnings.
Less_cunning
great survey of techno. easy read not weighted down by academic jargon or music theory. excellent primer.
Edwin
Very good history of Techno (Detroit focussed)
Edwin
Even better than the 1999 version
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