Technomad: Global Raving Countercultures (Studies In Popular Music)
Technomad: Global Raving Countercultures (Studies in Popular Music)
A cultural history of global electronic dance music countercultures, Technomad charts a course through an emerging network of techno-tribes, exploring their pleasure principles and cultural politics. Documenting sound systems, secret sonic societies, intentional parties, revitalisation movements and counter-colonial interventions, Technomad illustrates how the dance party has been harnessed for transgressive and progressive ends. Using extensive ethnographic, netographic and documentary research, the book covers local sites and global scenes: e.g. Spiral Tribe, teknivals, psytrance, Burning Man, Reclaim the Streets, Earthdream. This cultural history will interest students of cultural, performance, music, media, and new social movement studies, along with enthusiasts of dance culture and popular politics.
From the Back Cover
"Technomad: Global Raving Countercultures is the most wide-ranging and detailed of all the books on rave. More than the study of a musical movement or genre, Technomad offers an alternate history of cultural politics since the 1960s, from hippies and Acid Tests through the sound systems and 'vibe-tribes' of the 1990s and beyond.... Like Greil Marcus' Lipstick Traces, Technomad makes unexpected but entirely convincing connections between people, movements and events. Like Tom Wolfe's The Electric Koolaid Acid Test, St John's book...