A History of Dance Culture, Alexandre Augrand

A History of Dance Culture, Alexandre Augrand

Hip Hop, Disco, House, Techno…these forms of music, which together constitute Dance Culture, were born and have evolved thanks to the inspiration of a few DJs. A History of Dance Culture follows the PhD thesis entitled “The DJ, mediator of cultural transfers in Dance Culture” and asks: How did local cultures become global? It looks at cultural transfers and the mediator role of the DJs who, inspired by technical innovations, other musical styles and sociopolitical contexts from Jamaica, Europe, Japan or the US which created those different musical movements, then diffused them in their neighbourhoods, their towns, their countries and finally in the entire world, still with the same purpose: to make people dance. A History of Dance Culture redraws half a century of musical evolution, from Jamaican cultural music sound systems, seen as the origin of Dance Culture, to the arrival of the first soundsystems in Eastern Europe, Africa and the Far East, without forgetting the technical and musical experiences encouraged by musicians, inventors and dissident artistic movements at the beginning of the 19th century, until the middle of the 20th century, which offered new perspectives and another way of thinking music.