Europe’s Stars of ’80s Dance Pop: 32 International Music Legends Discuss Their Careers

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Beginning early in the 1980s, a dance music revolution swept across Europe and Britain, merging rock, new wave, disco and worldbeat sounds. The resulting explosion of high-energy, increasingly electronic dance-pop caused a sensation worldwide. In this book of original interviews, 32 of the era’s most celebrated artists, producers and industry professionals discuss their lives and careers: Thomas Anders (Modern Talking’s “You’re My Heart, You’re My Soul”), Pete Burns (Dead or Alive’s “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)”), Desireless (“Voyage Voyage”), Phil Harding (PWL Mixmaster), Junior (“Mama Used to Say”), Leee John (Imagination’s “Just an Illusion”), Liz Mitchell (Boney M.’s 1988 “Megamix”), Fab Morvan (Milli Vanilli’s “Girl You Know It’s True”), Taco (“Putting On the Ritz”), Jennifer Rush (“The Power of Love”), Sabrina (“Boys”), Spagna (“Call Me”), Amii Stewart (“Knock on Wood”), Yazz (“The Only Way Is Up”) and many more. Includes special commentary by Academy Award winner Mel Brooks and Audrey Landers, star of Dallas.
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James Arena is a New York-based author, host and commentator who has been featured on MSNBC, Fox, SiriusXM and other networks. He is the author of the pop culture books Fright Night on Channel 9, First Ladies of Disco and Legends of Disco and a recipient of a G.E.M.A. Foundation/City of Philadelphia award for preserving dance music history.
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Jul 7, 2017
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Music / Genres & Styles / Dance
Music / Genres & Styles / Electronic
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Beginning early in the 1980s, dance-pop music artists in Europe and the UK ignited a high energy firestorm that burned across international borders. As exciting new beats flooded radio airwaves and filled the clubs, a generation of hitmakers got the world on its feet and brought people together as never before. In this book of original interviews, 33 celebrated singers, songwriters, producers and industry professionals who reached the top of the European, British and American charts during this era share personal memories of their lives, careers and unforgettable hits. They include Dutch remix master Ben Liebrand (“Lovely Day - The Sunshine Mix” by Bill Withers), Sven van Veen of MC Miker G & DJ Sven (“Holiday Rap”), Walter Werzowa of Edelweiss (“Bring Me Edelweiss”), Engelbert Humperdinck (Träumen Mit Engelbert LP), Helen Scott of The Three Degrees (“The Heaven I Need”), Marcus Gabler of O.K. (“OKAY!”), Lino Nicolosi of Valerie Dore (“The Night”), Tracy Spencer (“Run To Me”), Tony Esposito (“Kalimba De Luna”), Chaz Jankel (“Glad To Know You”), Kurt René Plisnier of Opus (“Live Is Life”), Jean-Pierre Morgand of Les Avions (“Nuit Sauvage”), Stedman Pearson of Five Star (“System Addict”), Lian Ross (“Fantasy”), Francesco Napoli (“Balla..Balla - Italian Hit Connection”), Precious Wilson, Judy Cheeks, Savage, producer Christian de Walden and more. Special commentary by Sandy Marton (“People From Ibiza”) and Christa Mikulski (General Director of ZYX Records).
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