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“You Better Work!”
Underground Dance Music in New York
Kai Fikentscher

Wesleyan University Press



Contents

• List of Illustrations
• Preface
• Acknowledgments
• Introductions
• Discovering the Underground: Entry to the Field
• The Objective of Investigation: Underground Dance Music
• Why study Underground Dance Music? The role of New York City
• Music and Marginality
• The Purpose of a Study of Underground Dance Music
• A Definition of Underground
• A Definition of Dance Music
• The Relationship of underground Dance Music to New York City
• Meditated music and musical immediacy
• The music-dance relationship in social dance
• Research phases
• Ethnography and ethno history: A brief detour
• Disco: The Premise for Underground Dance Music
• Literature on disco and dance music
• Social dance in America: The African American continuum
• Social dancing in New York: The Gay Factor
• The Cult And Culture of The DJ
• Vinyl records as meditated music
• The disco concept: Meditated music and musical immediacy
• The art of spinning: The DJ as musician
• DJ technology 8 DJ repertoire: Programming versus mixing
• Peaking the floor
• Beyond mixing: The DJ as cultural hero
• The rise of the club DJ: Remix and production work
• Conclusion: Why 12-inch vinyl is critical
• The Dancers: Working (It) Out
• Dancing: Interactive versus collective performance
• The body as musical instrument
• A definition of dance
• The body as social instrument
• The body as social instrument: Dance, identity, marginality
• Clubbing in the field: Underground dance venues in New York City
• Interactive performance: The musical process and cultural context of underground dance music
• Conclusion: Keep on dancing
• Underground Dancing: Autonomy And Interdependence in Music and Dance
• Interactive performance: Synchronicity beyond simultaneity
• Vibe: the booth-floor interaction
• Rhythm as primary link between sound and motion
• Changing modes of dance music production
• A comparison of for 12-inch dance singles
• Conclusion: Feel the vibe
• The Underground As Cultural Context: The Marginality of Ethnic and Sexual Minorities
• Gay culture and black culture
• Double marginality, social affinity
• Historical links between African-American and gay culture
• The discotheque and gay liberation
• The African American imprint: The discotheque as church
• Conclusion: Underground dance music as a celebration of marginality
• Outlook: Underground Dance Music Beyond The 1990’s
• Appendix: A Selection of 100 UDM Records
• Notes * Glossary
• References 1: Text and Image
• References 2: Second Recordings
• Index

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