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Steam Down or How Things Begin

Steam Down or How Things Begin

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Steam Down or How Things Begin

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32 página
22 minutos
Lançado em:
Jun 1, 2020
ISBN:
9781912722631
Formato:
Livro

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Steam Down or How Things Begin is a celebration of an influential weekly jam in Deptford, which author Emma Warren uses to explain the universal ways things are when new culture is being generated. She should know—she’s been there when new music has evolved on multiple occasions. It also draws a line between the young London jazz musicians making waves internationally and the reggae soundsystems that operated further down Deptford High Street in the 1980s. It extends that line to the site of Deptford Docks, ten minutes walk down the same street, where ships left for the Caribbean hundreds of years ago.
Lançado em:
Jun 1, 2020
ISBN:
9781912722631
Formato:
Livro

Sobre o autor

EMMA WARREN has been documenting music and culture for decades. Her first book Make Some Space: Tuning into Total Refreshment Centre came out in spring 2019.

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Steam Down or How Things Begin - Emma Warren

Contents

Preface

Beginnings

Middle

Forward!

Bibliography

References

Acknowledgements

Preface

I’m writing this in my kitchen but I’m writing it from hundreds of dancefloors across time and space. What would you see from my window if you were here with me? You’d see a slim road banked by 1960s townhouses in a part of south east London where urban and suburban fold into each other. You’d also see speaker stacks in dark basements and barely-illuminated exit signs, heavy black curtains that separate the bar from the wooden dancefloor and fat cables snaking out of makeshift stages. You’d see a gathering of people who have come to commune.

I’ve been there where new music was generated and where a cultural shift occurred. I’ve done it enough times to have developed a long view on how these moments are in the early days, when the magic is in full flow and before it has been appropriated or enclosed by marketing professionals. The music is always incredible, but it’s not the main thing. In the end it’s just output. The real ingenuity is in people coming together to do a thing and in the process becoming more themselves.

There’s useful information in that long view. Some is obvious: that nothing is new and that everything is built upon what went before; that hype comes in waves. Less obvious are the interchangeable ways in which these cultural uprisings pan out, regardless of when or where they happen. I’ve tried to bring these steps into the light.

The words you’re reading, then, are intended as a guide to the universal qualities of cultural beginnings and a document of one particularly joyful and excellent moment in time. They draw a line

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