Non-fiction books about disco

(in reverse chronological order)

  • First Ladies of Disco: 32 Stars Discuss the Era and Their Singing Careers by James Arena (McFarland, 2013)
  • Disco Dance by Lori Ortiz (Greenwood, 2011)
  • Disco: The Music, The Times, The Era by Johnny Morgan and Gloria Gaynor (Sterling, 2011)
  • The Disco Files 1973-78 by Vince Aletti (DJhistory.com, 2009)
  • Turn the Beat Around: The Secret History of Disco by Peter Shapiro (Faber and Faber, 2005; revised edition: Faber and Faber, 2007)
  • Chic: Everybody Dance: Chic and the Politics of Disco by Daryl Easlea (Helter Skelter Publishing, 2004)
  • Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture, 1970-1979 by Tim Lawrence (Duke University Press, 2004)
  • Hot Stuff: A Brief History of Disco by John-Manuel Andriote (HarperEntertainment, 2001)
  • Saturday Night Forever: The Story of Disco by Alan Jones and Jussi Kantonen (Mainstream Publishing, 1999 and Chicago Review Press, 2000)
  • Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: The History of the Disc Jockey by Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton (Headline, 1999 and Grove Press, 2000)
  • Boogie Nights: The Disco Age by Erikka Haa (Friedman/Fairfax, 1994)
  • Basics of Disco Dancing by Pamela Morton (American Press, 1982)
  • Off the Record: The Handbook to Knowledge, Money, and Success by Doug Shannon (Pacesetter Enterprises, 1982)
  • Starting Your Own Band (Rock, Disco, Folk, Jazz, Country and Western) by Lani van Ryzin (Walker and Company, 1980 and Weekly Reader Books, 1981)
  • Disco '81 Annual by June Sirk (Brown Watson and Transworld Feature Syndicate, 1980)
  • Be a Disc Jockey by David See (Chartwell Books, 1980 and Hamlyn, 1980)
  • Everybody's Dancing in Socks and on Skates by Jane Bednar (Creative Education, 1980)
  • This Business of Disco by Radcliffe A. Joe (Billboard Books, 1980)
  • Night Dancin' by Vita Miezitis (Ballantine, 1980)
  • The Art of Disco Dancing by Dennis Fallon (National Dance Association, 1980)
  • Disco! Disco! Disco!: A Guide to Disco Dancing by Ronald W. Lackmann (Xerox Education Publications a.k.a. Weekly Reader Books, 1980)
  • Disco Dancing by Jerolyn Ann Nentl (Crestwood House, 1980)
  • Discokultur. Die jugendliche Superszene by Werner Mezger (Quelle und Meyer, 1980)
  • "Wie hinterm Presslufthammer, nur unheimlich schöner!": Discokultur in Jugendhäusern by Hartmut Franz (Päd.-extra-Buchverlag, 1980)
  • Disco-Fieber: Die Nacht der heißen Hits by Rainer Schröder (Franz Schneider Verlag, 1980)
  • Disco Dressing: A Complete Guide for Men and Women on How to Create Seven Smash Disco Looks by Leonard McGill (Prentice-Hall, 1980)
  • Disco '80 Annual (Brown Watson, 1980)
  • The Disco Handbook by Bruce Pollack (Scholastic Book Services, 1979)
  • Jammin': Bill Butler's Complete Guide to Roller Disco by Bill Butler and Elin Schoen (Pocket Books, 1979)
  • Roller Disco: The Only Authorised Guide to Disco Dances for Roller Skaters by Dale A. Marzano (Hamlyn, 1979 and Exeter Books, 1979)
  • Roller Disco Dancing by Kerry Kollmar and Melody Mason (Sterling Publishing, 1979 and Oak Tree Press, 1979)
  • The Disco Hustle by Carter Lovisone (Sterling Publishing Co., 1979)
  • You Can Disco by Jennifer Meloney (Exeter Books, 1979)
  • Dancing Disco by Randy Deats (William Morrow and Co., 1979)
  • Disco, The Book edited by Steve Tolin (Talent and Booking Publishing, 1979)
  • Disco by Lani van Ryzin (Franklin Watts, 1979)
  • Disco by Roberta Morgan (Bell Publishing Co., 1979)
  • Disco by Jena Lauren and Paul S. Hodara (Price/Stern/Sloan, 1979)
  • Disco Chic: All the Styles, Steps, and Places to Go by Brian Sherratt and Nalani M. Leong (Harmony, 1979 and General Pub. Co., 1979)
  • Jugend in Trance?: Diskotheken in Deutschland by Horst F. Neißer, Werner Mezger, and Günter Verdin (Quelle und Meyer, 1979)
  • Disco Dancing by Joetta Cherry and Gwynne Tomlan (Grosset and Dunlap, 1979)
  • Disco Dancing Tonite: Clubs, Dances, Fashion, Music by Andy Blackford (Octopus Books, Ltd., 1979)
  • Disco Basics by Maxine Polley (Prentice-Hall, 1979)
  • The Kids' Book of Disco by Nancy P. Bruning (Dell Publishing Co., 1979)
  • The Complete Book on Disco and Ballroom Dancing by Ann T. Kilbride and A. Algoso (Hwong Pub. Co., 1979)
  • Disco with Donny and Marie: A Step by Step Guide to Disco Dancing by Alma Heaton and Don Zimmerman (Osmond Publishing Co., 1979)
  • Night Moves: The Professional Approach to Disco Dance Instruction by Deney Terrio (K-Tel International, 1979)
  • Let's Disco! A Complete Instructional System of Dancing (K-Tel International, 1978)
  • Disco Fever: The Beat, People, Places, Styles, Deejays, Groups... by Kitty Hanson (Signet Books/New American Library, 1978) German edition: Disco-Fieber. Alles über die Disco-Welle, translated by Leni Sobez (Heyne Bücher, 1979)
  • Disco Fever by Ray Fox-Cumming (Daily Mirror/Mandabrook Ltd., 1978)
  • Disco Text: The Complete Book of Disco Dance Instruction by Janet J. Jasek (Secor, 1978)
  • Disco...You Should Be Dancing! by Roy Madrid (Los Angeles Multi-Media Marketing Pubs, 1978)
  • The Official Guide to Disco Dance Steps: Revolutionary Step-by-Step Approach Shows You How to be a Hit on Saturday Night by Jack Villari and Kathleen Sims Villari (Chartwell Books, 1978 and Domus Books, 1978)
  • The Complete Guide to Disco Dancing: The Easy Step-by-Step Way to Learn Today's Top Dances by Karen Lustgarten (Warner Books, 1978)
  • Disco by Albert H. Goldman (Hawthorn Books, 1978)
  • Discotheque Concepts: Public Relations and Promotions by Michael O'Harro
  • Dancing Madness edited by Abe Peck (Anchor Press/Doubleday, 1976)

    The webmaster's own published writings related in some way to disco:

  • "Disco" in Postwar America: An Encyclopedia of Social, Political, Cultural, and Economic History (M.E. Sharpe, 2006)
  • "Duke, George", "Houston, Cissy", "Houston, Whitney" will appear in African American National Biography Online (Oxford University Press, 2014 (Houston articles) and 2016 (Duke article is due for publication circa February 2016)


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