New book gives in-depth look into influential moments in electronic music history

A new book, MusicQuake, tells the story of 50 significant events, performances, and artists who shook up the music industry. Of these 50 disruptive moments, the book identifies a number of electronic music artists and records as significant to the history of music as a whole. The book is written by Robert Dimery, featuring several entries on electronic music history.

Included in MusicQuake’s entries on electronic music are artists Aphex Twin, Giorgio Moroder, Kraftwerk, and Brian Eno, genres such as acid and afrobeat, and events such as David Mancuso’s The Loft parties. Lee Scratch Perry’s Upsetters 14 Dub Blackboard Jungle and Daft Punk’s Discovery are amongst the albums MusicQuake notes as being influential. 

Speaking to Resident Advisor, Dimery explained that one of MusicQuake’s key areas of interest is in finding connections between various musical genres, such as pop, disco, and dance. “One of the takeaways from MusicQuake is that the story of radical pop goes hand-in-hand with the rise of electronic music,” he noted. 

Dimery’s previous work includes contributing to Tony Wilson’s 24 Hour Party People and 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. MusicQuake forms part of the Culture Quake series, “which looks into iconic moments of culture which truly created paradigm shifts in their respective fields.” You can order MusicQuake here