Book review – Lady of the house

Lady of the House is a sumptuous celebration of women involved and associated with Dance, House Music and electronica over the last two decades. 

In what the authors acknowledge should be viewed as the first volume in a journey to comprehensively recognise the impact of women in these scenes, they explore stories, experiences and truths of these pioneers. The Artist’s, DJs, promoters, attendees, followers and visitors have helped to evolve a musical movement into an act of spiritual and physical unity. 

From Abigail Adams to The Yard Woman every ‘female of the species’ charts their own personal journey towards sound sourced salvation. The different strands and strains of Dance, Trance, Dub, Electronica, House and every subsequent style spun from the stylus can be heard as you leaf through this virtual forest of testimonials. Curated and compiled by scene makers Laila Mckenzie and Ian Snowball, 208 pages of remembrance and renunciation stir every available sense. Sumptuous photography captures everything from raves to portraits as this gallery of what has been gained on the dancefloor changes the light in your room. 

A form of credible Bible is sourced from this Babel of voices as each page forms a chapter in the development of dance music and how through its sheer viscerality and potential it was able to do more for its target audience in terms of absolution and uplift than virtually any other. History is littered with male mistakes; in this pulsating museum of experience, the female sensibility is found to offer unique insights into both progress and recovery. 

Reading the book is akin to entering the club constructed and conjured out of this collection; as you make your way to the bar and dancefloor you come into contact with each of the women responsible for defining and shaping not only the scene but the venue where heartbeat and turntable combine. This epic book appears under a stunning gold and black portrait cover, and as an act of celebration becomes a call to arms busily whipping the air in exultation of what has been achieved by the purity of the featured passions. Design and image are crystal clear and razor-sharp representations of the spirits captured within, and as you read what these ladies did before the party you learn to value each move all the more. This book is an essential experience for every celebrant. Welcome to the true house of love.

 

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