Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture – Alice Echols, 2010
Thrilling history, challenging lazy disco facts and giving convincing new perspectives. Great detail on disco’s ‘crash’ and intriguing thoughts on how the scene gained velocity from the changing self-image of gay Americans. Now we’re allowed to take disco seriously this is an important work. Especially fun is her riposte to the simplistic view that early disco was gritty and real while late disco was tacky and fake.