A new book chronicling the entire history and evolution of electronic music has been announced by English author and music journalist David Stubbs. Mars By 1980: The Story of Electronic Music is set to be released on August 2nd by publisher Faber & Faber.
The 464-page book will document electronic music from its early origins and experimentations to its present-day takeover of both the mainstream and its always present underground culture. Electronic music avant-garde foundations like Italian Futurism and musique concrete are explored before bringing us to more contemporary genres like house and techno.
Stubbs also details how names like Stevie Wonder and Giorgio Moroder, as well as bands like the 80’s synth pop phenomenon like Depeche Mode, played a strong role in helping electronic music make the shift into what the genre means to the world today. It can be pre-ordered on Amazon here.
About David Stubbs from Faber & Faber:
""David Stubbs is a British author and music journalist. Alongside Simon Reynolds, he was one of the co-founders of the Oxford magazine Monitor before going on to join the staff at Melody Maker. He later worked for NME, Uncut, Vox, as well as the Wire. His work has appeared in The Times, SundayTimes, Spin, Guardian, The Quietus and GQ. He has written a number of books, including Future Days: Krautrock and the Building of Modern Germany, a song-by-song profile of Jimi Hendrix and Fear Of Music: Why People Get Rothko But Don't Get Stockhausen, a comparative study of twentieth-century avant-garde music and art. He lives in London.""