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6 Of Our Favorite EDM Related Books

EDM fans live an extremely energetic and fast-paced lifestyle. Between going to different events and shows, keeping up with new music, making all sorts of plans ahead of time, and constantly traveling, it’s difficult to find downtime to get some solid R&R in. A great way to relax yet still indulge in the EDM world is to pick up an EDM related book. There is almost no better feeling than the gratifying one of relaxing with a great read in hand. You get to clear your head and immerse yourself in the world the author has created, advance your knowledge on several different levels, and relax.

Here’s a list of our EDM related book recommendations: 

1. Around the World in 80 Raves: A Guide to the Best Parties and Festivals on the Planet

Around the World in 80 Raves: A Guide to the Best Parties and Festivals on the Planet is a fun, quick read in which author Marcus Barnes concisely lists 80 of the best festivals or events on the globe. This book goes into the history, location, and description of each show. Barnes describes the kind of music showcased, provides photos, quotes, and uses an engaging format to keep readers glued from the very first page. It includes some of our favorite festivals like Tomorrowland, Coachella, and Ultra,but will be sure to expose you to new events and leave you with a severe case of wanderlust.

2. Keyboard Presents: The Evolution of Electronic Dance Music

Peter Kirn, founder of Create Digital Music, has used his extensive knowledge in order to educate people on the history of Electronic Dance Music through the published articles on Keyboard magazine. Readers get the story of the history starting from the 1970’s era with techno and disco all the way to the mainstream explosion. One gets to see everything from an artist’s point of view as well as other credible people in the industry. Keyboard Presents: The Evolution of Electronic Dance Music is a really great read for those who would like the chance to educate themselves on the evolution of dance music.

3. The Rough Guide to House Music

Although published in 1999, the book The Rough Guide to House Music by author Sean Bidder couldn’t be more relevant. With so many growing trends and subgenres in electronic dance music, it’s important to have a solid knowledge of House music and get familiar with all the roots of dance music. Bidder does an excellent job in getting into the history of house music, explaining what genres have grown from it and describes them. He also mentions several important labels, artists, and game changing moments in dance music. This is an excellent brief, yet heavily educational guide to House music for any EDM fanatic.

4. 128 Beats Per Minute: Diplo's Visual Guide to Music, Culture, and Everything in Between


Thomas Wesley Pentz, better known by his stage name, Diplo, took the time out of his extremely busy schedule to create 128 Beats Per Minute: Diplo's Visual Guide to Music, Culture, and Everything in Between. In about roughly 224 pages, the renowned producer turned author illustrates his world to the readers through text and photographs from Shane McCauley. Diplo is one of the most influential people in pop culture – from music all the way fashion. The audience gets a sneak peek into his tastes and preferences. The book also gives one the opportunity to check out some of his trips, highlight tweets of his, and cool playlists.

5. Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: The History of the Disc Jockey

Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton collaborated on the book Last Night A DJ Saved My Life. This was the first compiled history of the DJ created. The disc jockey is one of the most important player in the dance music industry if not the most – it’s whom the fans devotedly follow along with producers. This book is another one that goes into the history of the dance music culture but is unique on its emphasis on the DJ. Originally released in 1999, there is now a newer version of this book available that was published earlier this year. It was updated in order to include all the most current and accurate information. It’s been referred to as a classic in EDM related books and definitely a cool one to add to your library.

6. Techno Rebels: The Renegades of Electronic Funk

For all of the techno lovers out there in dance music, Dan Sicko created a comprehensive book exploring the history of techno music. It goes into a valuable account of the genre’s history and the book is most notable for it’s emphasis of techno in the city of Detroit. Techno Rebels: The Renegades of Electronic Funk is a fact-filled book in which readers get a detailed outline of the genres influences, characteristics, and roots. For those EDM fans that want to explore outside the mainstream EDM scene and explore the techno genre and learn more about it, this is a fantastic read. 

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