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'Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture' by Alice Echols
'Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture' by Alice Echols

Hot Stuff Disco and the Remaking of American Culture Alice Echols W.W. Norton: 338 pp., $26.95 Recently, I attended a wedding reception during which a 10-year-old boy, to entertain the adults on the dance floor, started making the point-to-the-sky motion that John Travolta patented in 1977's "Saturday Night Fever." Why was I surprised? I doubt the tiny dancer even saw the movie, but he needn't have. Thirty years after its heyday, disco has so thoroughly saturated global popular culture that its songs and signifiers are recognizable to children born in a different century. The death of disco was quick and dramatic. In April 1979, Newsweek ran a cover story on...

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