(Dance) Music and Gay Culture

By Gay's The Word

By Gay's The Word

Do you wanna funk?
Wont you tell me now?
If you wanna funk
Let me show you how
Do you wanna funk with me?

Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture, 1970-1979

Tim Lawrence

£22.99 £21.38

'This brilliant study of the birth of disco and the spawning of a million different subgenres of same is crucial reading for anyone who thinks they know their club culture. Because until you've read this you might as well know nothing, nada, zilch... This illuminating work features early sightings of some of today's established movers and shakers, often while still ambitiously adolescent, with every page featuring a surprise discovery, every dark corner a new beat.' - i-D Magazine. // Contains a series of specially compiled discographies and a unique collection of more than seventy rare photos.

Turn the Beat Around: The Secret History of Disco

Peter Shapiro

£8.99 £8.36

An essential for anyone blessed enough to love their disco! 'Scrupulously researched and deliciously witty.' - Los Angeles Times

Voguing and the House Ballroom Scene of New York 1989-92

£25.00 £23.25

'Photographer Chantal Regnault spent many years capturing the emergent underground gay ballroom scene in Harlem at the end of the 1980s, from where Voguing emerged. A riot of fashion, image, poly-sexuality and a radical subversion of style, sexuality and race is vividly captured in the hundreds of amazing, never before seen, photographs in this deluxe book.' Amazing images, and a fantastic introduction. Makes a great gift!

Mechanical Fantasy Box: The Homoerotic Journal of Patrick Cowley

Patrick Cowley and Gwenael Rattke

£22.00 £20.46

Patrick Cowley (1950–82) was one of the most revolutionary and influential figures in electronic dance music. Born in Buffalo, Cowley moved to San Francisco in 1971 to study music at the City College of San Francisco. By the mid '70s, his synthesizer techniques landed him a job composing and producing songs for disco diva Sylvester, including hits such as "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)." Cowley created his own brand of peak-time party music known as Hi-NRG, dubbed "the San Francisco Sound." His life was cut short on November 12, 1982, when he died shortly after his 32nd birthday from AIDS-related illness. Mechanical Fantasy Box is Cowley's homoerotic journal, or, as he called it, "graphic accounts of one man's sex life." The journal begins in 1974 and ends in 1980 on his 30th birthday.

David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music

Darryl W. Bullock

£12.99 £12.08

'Lovingly detailed and exhaustively researched - easily the most readable and comprehensive guide I've seen to this fascinating hidden history.' - Tom Robinson

"You Better Work!"

Kai Fikentscher


The first detailed study of underground dance music or UDM, a phenomenon that has its roots in the overlap and cross-fertilization of African American and gay cultural sensibilities since the 1970s.

Do You Remember House?: Queer of Color Undergrounds in Post-Soul Chicago

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"This richly nuanced study shows how house music - one of Chicago's most important, enduring, and magical cultural creations - arose in underground spaces through the vision, determination, and energy of queer people of color. Just as importantly, through a wealth of first-person accounts, Salkind also reveals how house continues to resonate through this American city today. An essential contribution to critical race and sexuality studies and the history of club music." --Mark J. Butler.

Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980-1983

Tim Lawrence

£23.99 £22.31

As the 1970s gave way to the 80s, New York's party scene entered a ferociously inventive period. Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor chronicles this tumultuous and extraordinary time, charting the auditory and social eruptions that took place in the city’s subterranean party venues as well as the influence on art, performance, video, and film. Interviewing DJs, party hosts, producers, musicians, artists, and dancers he explores how the shifting urban landscape of New York nurtured this unique cultural renaissance before gentrification, corporate intrusion and AIDS brought this gritty and variable time and in American culture to the end of its set. Tim Lawrence is Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of East London and the author of Love Saves the Day.