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Mars by 1980: The Story of Electronic Music

April 4, 2018 | by James Stone

Tags: David Stubbs, Future Days, electronic music, mars by 1980

On 2 August we will publish Mars by 1980, an exhaustive history of electronic music from David Stubbs, the acclaimed author of Future Days: Krautrock and the Building of Modern Germany.

Electronic music is now ubiquitous, from mainstream pop hits to the furthest reaches of the avant-garde. The future, a long time coming, finally arrived. But how did we get here?

In Mars by 1980, David Stubbs charts the evolution of electronic music. It is a tale of mavericks and future dreamers overcoming Luddite resistance, malfunctioning devices and sonic mayhem. Its beginnings are in the world of avant-classical composition, but the book also encompasses the cosmic funk of Stevie Wonder, Giorgio Moroder and unforgettable eighties electronic pop from the likes of Depeche Mode, the Pet Shop Boys and Laurie Anderson, right up to the present day innovators on the underground scene.

Here are some Faber Social favourites featured in the book.