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French Connections: Daft Punk, Air, Super Discount & the Birth of French Touch


Velocity Press
June 17, 2022

Book Details

During the second half of the 1990s, Paris experienced a dance music revolution thanks to groundbreaking artists like Daft Punk, Air, Super Discount, Motorbass, Cassius, Dimitri from Paris, Bob Sinclar and many, many more. It was a scene that became known as French Touch and was heralded throughout the world as the epitome of dance music cool, forever placing Paris on the dance culture map. Journalist and author Martin James was there right from the start, documenting the scene from its inspirations to its earliest moments and onto its global breakthrough. In the process, he inadvertently provided the French Touch moniker that became adopted throughout the world. Drawing on a dazzling array of exclusive interviews with the biggest names in French electronic music history, French Connections explores France's significant contribution to dance music culture that paved the way for the French Touch explosion.

Author Description

Martin James is an internationally published music critic who has contributed to some of the UK's leading music magazines. He was part of the editorial team that produced legendary dance music magazine Muzik and has written for DJ, Mixmag, Electronic Sound and Urb. He also regularly contributed articles about jungle, drum & bass, UK hip hop, dub reggae and electronic music to The Guardian and The Independent. Martin has written several books about urban and electronic music and culture including French Connections: from discotheque to discovery, an account of the emergence of the late 90s French Touch scene that he first defined through his early coverage of the Parisian rave, house and hip hop scenes. Martin is also the author of the definitive biography of The Prodigy. Now in its third edition, We Eat Rhythm covers the band's early years and was written in close collaboration with the band. The second part of the biography We Live for the Beats will be published in 2020. Martin is Professor of Creative and Cultural Industries at Solent University, Southampton where he lectures on underground music and the music industry.

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