The man behind the book ‘Techno Rebels’ sadly passes away this morning from his battle with cancer: Dan’s Story: Donations. The music journalist and author of Techno Rebels died of cancer on Sunday. Dan Sicko, music journalist and chronicler of Detroit’s techno movement, died of. Sicko was the author Techno Rebels: The Renegades of Electronic Funk, a pioneering work of music journalism on the topic of techno music.

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Paperbackpages. Open Preview See a Problem? Mar 03, Todd Johnson rated it really liked it. Still, Sicko is a pioneer here, and deserves credit for what he accomplished in this first attempt at a “history of techno.

Shopbop Tecgno Fashion Brands. For some other aspects of the history of techno, perhaps a second book by someone else will be necessary. Being from Detroit, his strength is his encyclopedic knowledge of the evolution of the techno scene in the Motor City. Recommended, if you’re into this sort of thing.

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This is the context from which Juan Atkins emerged with his early forays into electronic music that would ultimately culminate in his Metroplex label and the first very techno records.

While the book is kind of dated written in — it discusses mp3 as an emerging distribution technology and the writing style is pretty dry very academic in naturethe book does provide an informative history of techno up to Dec 18, Stos rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Ideally, this book would have been split into multiple volumes in order to fully explore the contributions made by each city.


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Techno Rebels: The Renegades of Electronic Funk by Dan Sicko

Or maybe I’m not giving Detroit the credit it deserves. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Sep 13, Robert rated it it was ok. I particularly liked Sicko’s dissection of the major-label driven “electronica” boom of the late 90s and how it managed to both co-opt real dance music and alienate the unfamiliar. Matt Crowley rated it liked it Jul 26, See and discover other items: I think everyone is very careful about this era being exploited, and I am glad this book didn’t do so.

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Techno Rebels: The Renegades of Electronic Funk

Sicko concludes by investigating tecnno Detroit techno functions today after the contrived electronica boom of the late s, through the original artists, new sounds, and Detroit’s annual electronic music festival. This book serves more as biographical information about the pioneers of Detroit techno, and less about the context in which it thrived. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The sicjo is that no one really discusses this era because it was the last time Detroit felt any real hope, and we hold it very close to our hearts.


Due to the nature of its short, quick analysis, it runs through the history of the genre fairly quickly, not really giving the rdbels a lot of time to sit down and focus on little details, individual stories and anecdotes that contribute to the rebel unders A really quick, engaging read on a very maligned and misunderstood genre of electronic music.

For one thing, once Sicko reaches the point in his narrative where techno becomes a “world-wide” phenomenon, his survey of its proliferation and evolution is sketchy at best, and misleading and partial at worst. But I guess it just doesn’t hold me, oddly enough.

Ultimately, Sicko argues that techno is rooted in the “collective dreaming” of the city of Detroit-as if its originators wanted to preserve what was great about the city-its machines and its deep soul roots. The fact that Dan Sicko chose to not include the warehouse parties that went on here in Detroit is really questionable, as that was a major part of the development of many dj’s here.

Jul 14, Alain Patrick rated it it was amazing.

I just wish it was a little bit more detailed. Fairly basic account of the origins of techno.