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Donna Summer's Once Upon a Time

«Jeffery perfectly blends a personal, queer and highly subjective experience with historical context to make this one of the… better entries on a growing shelf of books that take disco seriously as an art form.»

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Contradicting assumptions that disco albums are shallow and packed with filler, Donna Summer’s double album Once Upon A Time stands out as a piece that delivers on its promise of an immaculately crafted journey from start to finish. Les mer

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Contradicting assumptions that disco albums are shallow and packed with filler, Donna Summer’s double album Once Upon A Time stands out as a piece that delivers on its promise of an immaculately crafted journey from start to finish. A new interpretation of the Cinderella story, it is set in the then contemporary world of New York disco and takes the listener on a journey from urban isolation and deep despair to joy and vindication, all filtered through the mind of its naïve and fantasy-prone protagonist.

As well as charting the production of the album within the legendary Munich Machine in Germany, this book digs deep into the album’s rich themes and subtexts. Approaching the book from inventive angles, the four essays within the book act as a prism connecting the reader to the classical aspirations of Eurodisco, the history of the black fairy tale and a queer knowledge that reads Summer’s Cinderella tale in some surprising ways.

Detaljer

Forlag
Bloomsbury Academic USA
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
144
ISBN
9781501355462
Utgivelsesår
2021
Format
17 x 12 cm

Om forfatteren

Alex Jeffery writes and teaches about popular music, and currently lives between London and Berlin. Alex lectures on popular music in several institutions in London, including City, University of London BIMM London and the University of Cambridge. He has also worked as associate editor at the long-running music review site MusicOMH, and runs the YouTube channel DocPopterTV, which posts audiovisual essays on his research and other audiovisual creative work.

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«Jeffery perfectly blends a personal, queer and highly subjective experience with historical context to make this one of the… better entries on a growing shelf of books that take disco seriously as an art form.»

Spectrum Culture

«Excellent… offers a fresh insight into this classic record.»

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