New KILLER 100% essential MASSIVE 450+ pages book about the history of electronic music.

'Mars by 1980' is written by the very groovy David Stubbs, author of the classic book about German Rock ('Future Days') as well as - more importantly - sleevenotes to our own Deutsche Electronische Musik albums!

From the beginnings of electronic music in the world of avant-classical composition, up to the cosmic funk of Stevie Wonder, Giorgio Moroder and others, on to 80s pioneers and a current trawl through underground electronic music this book is the bomb!

Featuring Kraftwerk, Suicide, Delia Derbyshire, Sun Ra, Steve Reich, Joy Division, Aphex Twin, Prince, Miles Davis, Brian Eno and about a squillion more!

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