10 Best Music Books of 2015

From the stage to the page: The year's best memoirs, oral histories and more

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'The Underground Is Massive: How Electronic Dance Music Conquered America' by Michaelangelo Matos
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2. 'The Underground Is Massive: How Electronic Dance Music Conquered America' by Michaelangelo Matos

A long-overdue history, as well as a meticulous WTF account, The Underground Is Massive easily fulfills its title's premise. But the skin-tingling buzz in Michaelangelo Matos' 400-page tome comes from his reporting on the Eighties and Nineties parties and raves that helped, along with the Internet, to unite tiny pockets of fanatics in towns and cities across the vastness of North America. (Full disclosure: I am quoted occasionally in the book.) Matos airlifts you into thrillingly chaotic scenes, including brutal police raids, and provides just enough context, via the recurring voices of Moby, Richie Hawtin, promoters Disco Donnie and Pasquale Rotella, DJ true believer Tommie Sunshine, and others. He also generously tracks EDM's more recent capitalist carnival, calling Daft Punk at Coachella in 2006, viewed by millions on YouTube, a "Beatles on Ed Sullivan" moment. C.A.

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