HOT STUFF: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture. Alice Echols. Norton. 338 pages. $26.95.
Even if you once proudly burned your Bee Gees records and wore “Disco Sucks” T-shirts (mea culpa), you’ll have a hard time resisting the relentless pull of Alice Echols’ entertaining and convincing reclamation of what was once Western culture’s most reviled music. The Rutgers professor and Janis Joplin biographer does an even-handed job of making a case for disco as the emblematic music of an underappreciated decade.