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Techno Rebels: The Renegades of Electronic Funk

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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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Todd Johnson
Mar 03, 2013 Todd Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent and comprehensive history lesson for anyone into the electronic music genre that wants to know the beginnings.
Slye
Dec 16, 2014 Slye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 28, 2011 Kathleen rated it it was ok
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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
Aug 28, 2008 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Jesse
Sep 19, 2016 Jesse rated it really liked it
A really quick, engaging read on a very maligned and misunderstood genre of electronic music. The perfect overview for somebody who may not know much about techno but wants to get into it. Unfortunately, it's brevity is also what hurts it. Due to the nature of its short, quick analysis, it runs through the history of the genre fairly quickly, not really giving the reader a lot of time to sit down and focus on little details, individual stories and anecdotes that contribute to the reader's unders ...more
Jenn
Oct 15, 2012 Jenn rated it liked it
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
Jun 28, 2007 Justin rated it it was ok  ·  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
Zach
May 19, 2016 Zach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a well-reported and forcefully argued case for the primacy of Detroit techno in the world of electronic music. I particularly liked Sicko's dissection of the major-label driven "electronica" boom of the late 90s and how it managed to both co-opt real dance music and alienate the unfamiliar. I was very much a casualty of that era and it's taken me until recently to get over my confusion about what, exactly, dance music is and where techno (and specifically Detroit techno) exist withi ...more
Robert
Sep 13, 2007 Robert rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 29, 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.
Edwin
May 05, 2010 Edwin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: futurism
Even better than the 1999 version
Less_cunning
Nov 04, 2010 Less_cunning rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pl, read1, credenza
great survey of techno. easy read not weighted down by academic jargon or music theory. excellent primer.
Stos
Dec 18, 2007 Stos rated it it was amazing  ·  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 really liked it  ·  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.
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I like some techno and electronica so this should be an interesting read.
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Very good history of Techno (Detroit focussed)
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