The Beat, The Scene, The Sound: A DJ's Journey Through the Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of House Music in New York City
Henry Kronk is the co-author, along with DJ Disciple, of The Beat, The Scene, The Sound: A DJ's Journey Through the Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of House Music in New York City. The authors approach the story through Disciple's point-of-view, but also include over 60 interviews with groundbreaking DJs of their day. Some of these names will be familiar, like Bobby Konders, Double 99 and Todd Terry. Many others we reached have never told their story publicly before.
The book explores the cultural, demographic, and technological puzzle pieces that needed to fall into place to make house music possible. It also explores how that fabric was ripped apart by zero-tolerance policing, the War on Drugs, and, among many other forces, Rudy Giuliani in the NYC mayor's office.
It also follows the journey Disciple, along with several of his peers, made overseas to the UK and Europe when house music lost its favor in the US. We pay special attention to Disciple's work with Grant Nelson and the development of UK garage. We close out with its return to American soil with EDM, festival circuits and, most recently, a genuine pop culture house music revival from artists like Beyonce and Drake.