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Can you feel it? DJs and House Music culture in the UK

  • Tony Langlois
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I spent the summer of 1990 studying the work of disk jockeys involved in the ‘House’ club scene in London, Manchester and Belfast. What I was initially intrigued by was how a popular music genre could develop such a following, indeed, some notoriety, without the traditional trappings of ‘rock 'n' roll’ (‘star performers’, ‘groups’), and without a manifest ideological stance adopted in relation to mainstream lifestyles. I came to conclude that a shift of meanings had occurred in the activity of mass dancing to records during the late 1980s, a shift which has created a new and central role for disk jockeys.

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Middleton, R. 1990. Studying Popular Music (Milton Keynes)
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Spencer, P. (ed.). 1985. Society and The Dance (Cambridge)
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  • ISSN: 0261-1430
  • EISSN: 1474-0095
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