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Monday, May 11 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
The Underground is Massive: A Conversation with Michaelangelo Matos

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Join us in a special conversation with noted author and journalist Michaelangelo Matos. April 28 sees the release of his new 400-page book The Underground is Massive: How Electronic Dance Music Conquered America

6pm: Q&A with David Day (Together Boston, DigBoston) and Michaelangelo Matos 
7pm: Book signing and questions in the Happn Recharge Lounge

The richly researched, vividly detailed chronicle that America’s electronic dance culture has long deserved.”
– SIMON REYNOLDS, author of Energy Flash /Generation Ecstasy

“Like seeing a familiar face in your family as if for the first time — to finally appreciate the depth of their genius and the scope of their struggle, and to revel in their triumph.”
— DAN CHARNAS, author of The Big Payback: The History of The Business of Hip-Hop

“For a novice like me, The Underground is Massive provided a necessary, nuanced explanation of a global subculture going mainstream . . . a graceful, nimble writer.” – AMANDA PETRUSICH, author of Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records

“Anyone who cares even a little about music will love this book . . . Michaelangelo Matos tells these hidden histories with the love, care and joy of a seasoned mage passing down spells to a trusted novice . . . a genuine service to history.”
-JOHN DARNIELLE, the Mountain Goats; author of Wolf in White Van.

About The Underground is Massive:

Joining the ranks of Please Kill Me and Can’t Stop Won’t Stop comes this definitive chronicle of one of the hottest trends in popular culture—electronic dance music—from the noted authority covering the scene.

It is the sound of the millennial generation, the music “defining youth culture of the 2010s” (Rolling Stone). Rooted in American techno/house and ’90s rave culture, electronic dance music has evolved into the biggest moneymaker on the concert circuit. Music journalist Michaelangelo Matos has been covering this beat since its genesis, and in The Underground Is Massive, charts for the first time the birth and rise of this last great outlaw musical subculture.

Drawing on a vast array of resources, including hundreds of interviews and a library of rare artifacts, from rave fanzines to online mailing-list archives, Matos reveals how EDM blossomed in tandem with the nascent Internet—message boards and chat lines connected partiers from town to town. In turn, these ravers, many early technology adopters, helped spearhead the information revolution. As tech was the tool, Ecstasy—(Molly, as it’s know today) an empathic drug that heightens sensory pleasure—was the narcotic fueling this alternative movement.

Full of unique insights, lively details, entertaining stories, dozens of photos, and unforgettable misfits and stars—from early break-in parties to Skrillex and Daft Punk—The Underground Is Massive captures this fascinating trend in American pop culture history, a grassroots movement that would help define the future of music and the modern tech world we live in.

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Michaelangelo Matos

Michaelangelo Matos writes regularly for Rolling Stone, Red Bull Music Academy Magazine, and NPR. The author of an acclaimed volume (about Prince's Sign "O" the Times) in Bloomsbury's 33 1/3 series, he lives in Brooklyn.

Monday May 11, 2015 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Happn Recharge Lounge 614 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

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