In the “What to Read” section, we recommend books either about the history of electronic music, or tightly connected to it. Today, we have Electrochoc by Laurent Garnier, the autobiography of a French techno revolutionary who caught the birth of modern electronica, actively participated in it, and wrote about it all in 440 pages. The book covers the period from 1987 to the tens—from rare, underground and risky parties (when a bottle could be thrown in the DJ’s face for a house record)
Garnier was lucky to live in the right time, but the country was wrong—his soul belonged in the home studios of Chicago and Detroit, in the clubs of London and Manchester, while in his dull native France, people felt boredom, contempt, and confusion when confronted with the new music. What you can definitely learn from this famous monsieur is his incredible determination and unshakable faith that everything would work out.