MUSIC: HISTORY, SURVEYS & THEORY

PUBLISHER
Spector Books

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Paperback, 10.75 x 15.75 in. / 560 pgs / 100 color / 250 bw.

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Catalog: SPRING 2020 p. 82   

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ISBN 9783944669793 TRADE
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Ten Cities

Clubbing in Nairobi, Cairo, Kyiv, Johannesburg, Berlin, Naples, Luanda, Lagos, Bristol, Lisbon, 1960–Present

Edited with text by Johannes Hossfeld Etyang, Joyce Nyairo, Florian Sievers. Text by Rui Miguel Abreu, Vitor Belanciano, Tony Benjamin, Danilo Capasso, Vincenzo Cavallo, Iain Chambers, Kateryna Dysa, Maha ElNabawi, Michelle Henning, Rehan Hyder, Rangoato Hlasane, Ângela Mingas, Ali Abdel Mohsen, Marissa J. Moorman, Billi Odidi, Sean O’Toole, Tobias Rapp, Mudi Yahaya, Vitalij Bard Bardezkij.

Ten Cities

A nocturnal journey through local histories of clubbing in Africa and Europe

The image of the DJ dragging his record case through international “non-places” and deejaying in clubs around the globe is a contemporary cliché. But these club scenes have rich, geographically differentiated local histories and cultures. This book expands the focus beyond the North Atlantic clubbing axis of Detroit–Chicago–Manchester–Berlin.

It looks at ten club capitals in Africa and Europe, reporting on different scenes in Bristol, Johannesburg, Cairo, Kyiv, Lagos, Lisbon, Launda, Nairobi and Naples. The local music stories, the scenes, the subcultures and their global networks are reconstructed in 21 essays and photo sequences.

The tale they tell is one of clubs as laboratories of otherness, in which people can experiment with new ways of being and assert their claim to the city. Ten Cities is a nocturnal, sound-driven journey through ten social and urban stories from 1960 through to the present.


Featured image is reproduced from 'Ten Cities.'

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

W Magazine

T. Cole Rachel

The need to dance is ultimately one of our most primal urges, and Ten Cities makes the case that, regardless of geography or economy, people will always figure out a way. In the end, the atmosphere and community of any club is always intrinsically tied to liberation—the need to move, the very human desire to be free.

Elephant

Editors

[T]his brilliantly covered book... tells the story of club culture in ten cities across the world, from 1960 to March 2020. Essays and photographs provide a “rich evocation of local habits, tastes and rhythms… in club capitals including Bristol, Lisbon and Nairobi—cities that represent a welcome shift beyond the focus on the overexposed epicentres of London, New York and Ibiza,” writes Louise Benson. Compelling reading for anyone mourning their former night life

It's Nice That

Ayla Angelos

an incredible compilation of text and imagery that investigates the “nocturnal practices” of clubbing, music and dance.

TITEL Mag

Tino Hahn

[Ten Cities] tells the story of club music and club cultures in ten urban centers across Africa and Europe from 1960 to March 2020. Twenty-one essays with unique and diverse voices, photo sequences panning the various decades and playlists unfold over 560 pages to a retrospective testimony until the day club culture (temporarily) died.

Electronic Beats

Editors

Travel from East to West without having to leave your bed with Ten Cities, a compilation of stories on the club culture of ten urban destinations across Africa and Europe including Nairobi, Cairo, Kyiv, Johannesburg, Berlin, Naples, Luanda, Lagos, Bristol, and Lisbon. Initiated by the Goethe-Institut, the project is a comprehensive meditation on global dance music; it brings together three editors, 21 authors of various backgrounds, and 19 photographers to compile playlists and photographs, as well as thought-provoking insider accounts of each scene and how it has evolved from the 1960s up to now.

Flaunt

Ten Cities takes us dancing into urban centers from Africa to Europe, allowing us to recognize and remember the importance of clubs as experimental fields and protected spaces.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/4/2021

In new release 'Ten Cities,' an exuberant document of international clubbing, from 1960 to March 2020

In new release 'Ten Cities,' an exuberant document of international clubbing, from 1960 to March 2020

Featured spreads are from staff-favorite mood elevator, Ten Cities: Clubbing in Nairobi, Cairo, Kyiv, Johannesburg, Berlin, Naples, Luanda, Lagos, Bristol, Lisbon, 1960–Present, Spector Books' ultra-dynamic 560-page nocturnal journey through local histories of clubbing in Africa and Europe collected just before the pandemic changed the way we have fun now. Featuring writing by three editors and more than twenty additional contributors from all walks of life, plus pictures and playlists from more than fifteen photographers, this is the richest history of international clubbing ever published, and a particular joy to behold at this time, when we are all so tired of holding back and staying in. Editor Johannes Hossfeld Etyang concludes his introductory essay with an eerie evocation: "The sphere of urban club cultures and its musical archives are limitless—and in its unforeseeable local and translocal dynamics, it is always one step ahead of any attempt at cataloguing it in a publication. Even the most contemporary moments referred to in this book will already be outdated and sampled as an archive by the time it reaches its public. This is unavoidable, and joyously so. 'You and I know there’s no stopping the music,' says club manager Faith to Taneba, the night runner and first-person narrator of Nigerian author Maik Nwosu’s 2001 novel Alpha Song about the 'believer[s] in the rhythm of the night' in Lagos. 'Music wants to go on and on, beyond all of us. Even when God decides to end the world, if Armageddon is not a fable, the water or whatever will make music on the bodies of the dead.'" continue to blog


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