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JAMES ARENA is a New York-based author, host and commentator who has been featured on MSNBC, Fox, ABC, SiriusXM, Sky News (London) and other networks. He is the author of six-book series celebrating the lives and careers of over 200 international dance music artists across five decades. James is a former executive with Bertelsmann Entertainment (BMG) and a recipient of a G.E.M.A Foundation/City of Philadelphia award for preserving dance music history.

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Europe's Stars of '80s Dance Pop Vol. 2
33 International Hitmakers Discuss Their Careers

Overview


Beginning early in the 1980s, dance-pop music artists in Europe and the UK ignited a high energy firestorm that burned across international borders. As exciting new beats flooded radio airwaves and filled the clubs, a generation of hitmakers got the world on its feet and brought people together as never before. In this book of original interviews, 33 celebrated singers, songwriters, producers and industry professionals who reached the top of the European, British and American charts during this era share personal memories of their lives, careers and unforgettable hits. They include Dutch remix master Ben Liebrand (“Lovely Day - The Sunshine Mix” by Bill Withers), Sven van Veen of MC Miker G & DJ Sven (“Holiday Rap”), Walter Werzowa of Edelweiss (“Bring Me Edelweiss”), Engelbert Humperdinck (Träumen Mit Engelbert LP), Helen Scott of The Three Degrees (“The Heaven I Need”), Marcus Gabler of O.K. (“OKAY!”), Lino Nicolosi of Valerie Dore (“The Night”), Tracy Spencer (“Run To Me”), Tony Esposito (“Kalimba De Luna”), Chaz Jankel (“Glad To Know You”), Kurt René Plisnier of Opus (“Live Is Life”), Francesco Napoli (“Balla..Balla - Italian Hit Connection”), Precious Wilson, Judy Cheeks and more. Special commentary by Sandy Marton (“People From Ibiza”) and Christa Mikulski (General Director of ZYX Records).
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Description


This book/e-book picks up where EUROPE'S STARS OF '80s DANCE POP (the first volume, from McFarland Publishing, 2017) left off. Here is the full list of chart-topping artists interviewed or offering commentary in this edition:

Foreword by Sandy Marton - "People From Ibiza"
Mario Aldini - "Italo Boot Mix" Series
Judy Cheeks - "I Still Love You"
Debut De Soiree - Sacha Goëller - "Nuit De Folie"
Christian De Walden producer of Amanda Lear, Thomas Anders, et al.
Edelweiss - Walter Werzowa - "Bring Me Edeleweiss"
Engelbert - Engelbert Humperdinck - "Traumen Mit Engelbert" LP
Tony Esposito - "Kalimba De Luna"
Five Star - Stedman Pearson - "All Fall Down"
Pierluigi Giombini - producer of Ryan Paris, Gazebo
Gold - Alain Llorca - "Capitaine Abandonné"
José Hoebee - "I Will Follow Him"
Chaz Jankel - "Glad To Know You"
Les Avions - Jean-Pierre Morgand - "Nuit Sauvage"
Ben Liebrand - remixer of "Happy Station" (Fun Fun), et al.
Pedro Marín - "Aire"
MC Miker G & DJ Sven - Sven van Veen - "Holiday Rap"
Francesco Napoli - "Balla..Balla - The Italian Hit Connection"
OKAY - Marcus Gabler - "OKAY!"
Opus - Kurt René Plisnier - "Live Is Life"
Carlos Pérez - "Las Manos Quietas"
Rondò Veneziano - Maestro Gian Piero Reverberi - "La Serenissima"
Lian Ross - "Fantasy"
Marco Sabiu - remixer of "I Love My Radio" (Taffy), et al.
Savage - "Don't Cry Tonight"
Silent Circle - Jürgen CC Behrens and Martin Tychsen - "Touch In The Night"
Tracy Spencer - "Run To Me"
The Three Degrees - Helen Scott - "Set Me Free"
The Twins - Ronny Schreinzer - "Ballet Dancer"
Valerie Dore - Lino Nicolosi - "The Night"
Precious Wilson - formerly of Eruption, "Cry To Me"
Afterword by Christa Mikulski - General Director of ZYX Records
Bonus Beats: Noteworthy albums - commentary from Michael Scholz of Blue System and Johann Perrier (producer of Bad Boys Blue)
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Overview


Beginning early in the 1980s, dance-pop music artists in Europe and the UK ignited a high energy firestorm that burned across international borders. As exciting new beats flooded radio airwaves and filled the clubs, a generation of hitmakers got the world on its feet and brought people together as never before. In this book of original interviews, 33 celebrated singers, songwriters, producers and industry professionals who reached the top of the European, British and American charts during this era share personal memories of their lives, careers and unforgettable hits. They include Dutch remix master Ben Liebrand (“Lovely Day - The Sunshine Mix” by Bill Withers), Sven van Veen of MC Miker G & DJ Sven (“Holiday Rap”), Walter Werzowa of Edelweiss (“Bring Me Edelweiss”), Engelbert Humperdinck (Träumen Mit Engelbert LP), Helen Scott of The Three Degrees (“The Heaven I Need”), Marcus Gabler of O.K. (“OKAY!”), Lino Nicolosi of Valerie Dore (“The Night”), Tracy Spencer (“Run To Me”), Tony Esposito (“Kalimba De Luna”), Chaz Jankel (“Glad To Know You”), Kurt René Plisnier of Opus (“Live Is Life”), Francesco Napoli (“Balla..Balla - Italian Hit Connection”), Precious Wilson, Judy Cheeks and more. Special commentary by Sandy Marton (“People From Ibiza”) and Christa Mikulski (General Director of ZYX Records).

Read more

Description


This book/e-book picks up where EUROPE'S STARS OF '80s DANCE POP (the first volume, from McFarland Publishing, 2017) left off. Here is the full list of chart-topping artists interviewed or offering commentary in this edition:

Foreword by Sandy Marton - "People From Ibiza"
Mario Aldini - "Italo Boot Mix" Series
Judy Cheeks - "I Still Love You"
Debut De Soiree - Sacha Goëller - "Nuit De Folie"
Christian De Walden producer of Amanda Lear, Thomas Anders, et al.
Edelweiss - Walter Werzowa - "Bring Me Edeleweiss"
Engelbert - Engelbert Humperdinck - "Traumen Mit Engelbert" LP
Tony Esposito - "Kalimba De Luna"
Five Star - Stedman Pearson - "All Fall Down"
Pierluigi Giombini - producer of Ryan Paris, Gazebo
Gold - Alain Llorca - "Capitaine Abandonné"
José Hoebee - "I Will Follow Him"
Chaz Jankel - "Glad To Know You"
Les Avions - Jean-Pierre Morgand - "Nuit Sauvage"
Ben Liebrand - remixer of "Happy Station" (Fun Fun), et al.
Pedro Marín - "Aire"
MC Miker G & DJ Sven - Sven van Veen - "Holiday Rap"
Francesco Napoli - "Balla..Balla - The Italian Hit Connection"
OKAY - Marcus Gabler - "OKAY!"
Opus - Kurt René Plisnier - "Live Is Life"
Carlos Pérez - "Las Manos Quietas"
Rondò Veneziano - Maestro Gian Piero Reverberi - "La Serenissima"
Lian Ross - "Fantasy"
Marco Sabiu - remixer of "I Love My Radio" (Taffy), et al.
Savage - "Don't Cry Tonight"
Silent Circle - Jürgen CC Behrens and Martin Tychsen - "Touch In The Night"
Tracy Spencer - "Run To Me"
The Three Degrees - Helen Scott - "Set Me Free"
The Twins - Ronny Schreinzer - "Ballet Dancer"
Valerie Dore - Lino Nicolosi - "The Night"
Precious Wilson - formerly of Eruption, "Cry To Me"
Afterword by Christa Mikulski - General Director of ZYX Records
Bonus Beats: Noteworthy albums - commentary from Michael Scholz of Blue System and Johann Perrier (producer of Bad Boys Blue)

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Book details

Genre:MUSIC

Subgenre:genres & Styles / Dance

Language:English

Series title:Europe's Stars of '80s Dance Pop

Series Number:2

Pages:370

Format:Paperback

Paperback ISBN:9781543923131


Overview


Beginning early in the 1980s, dance-pop music artists in Europe and the UK ignited a high energy firestorm that burned across international borders. As exciting new beats flooded radio airwaves and filled the clubs, a generation of hitmakers got the world on its feet and brought people together as never before. In this book of original interviews, 33 celebrated singers, songwriters, producers and industry professionals who reached the top of the European, British and American charts during this era share personal memories of their lives, careers and unforgettable hits. They include Dutch remix master Ben Liebrand (“Lovely Day - The Sunshine Mix” by Bill Withers), Sven van Veen of MC Miker G & DJ Sven (“Holiday Rap”), Walter Werzowa of Edelweiss (“Bring Me Edelweiss”), Engelbert Humperdinck (Träumen Mit Engelbert LP), Helen Scott of The Three Degrees (“The Heaven I Need”), Marcus Gabler of O.K. (“OKAY!”), Lino Nicolosi of Valerie Dore (“The Night”), Tracy Spencer (“Run To Me”), Tony Esposito (“Kalimba De Luna”), Chaz Jankel (“Glad To Know You”), Kurt René Plisnier of Opus (“Live Is Life”), Francesco Napoli (“Balla..Balla - Italian Hit Connection”), Precious Wilson, Judy Cheeks and more. Special commentary by Sandy Marton (“People From Ibiza”) and Christa Mikulski (General Director of ZYX Records).

Read more

Description


This book/e-book picks up where EUROPE'S STARS OF '80s DANCE POP (the first volume, from McFarland Publishing, 2017) left off. Here is the full list of chart-topping artists interviewed or offering commentary in this edition:

Foreword by Sandy Marton - "People From Ibiza"
Mario Aldini - "Italo Boot Mix" Series
Judy Cheeks - "I Still Love You"
Debut De Soiree - Sacha Goëller - "Nuit De Folie"
Christian De Walden producer of Amanda Lear, Thomas Anders, et al.
Edelweiss - Walter Werzowa - "Bring Me Edeleweiss"
Engelbert - Engelbert Humperdinck - "Traumen Mit Engelbert" LP
Tony Esposito - "Kalimba De Luna"
Five Star - Stedman Pearson - "All Fall Down"
Pierluigi Giombini - producer of Ryan Paris, Gazebo
Gold - Alain Llorca - "Capitaine Abandonné"
José Hoebee - "I Will Follow Him"
Chaz Jankel - "Glad To Know You"
Les Avions - Jean-Pierre Morgand - "Nuit Sauvage"
Ben Liebrand - remixer of "Happy Station" (Fun Fun), et al.
Pedro Marín - "Aire"
MC Miker G & DJ Sven - Sven van Veen - "Holiday Rap"
Francesco Napoli - "Balla..Balla - The Italian Hit Connection"
OKAY - Marcus Gabler - "OKAY!"
Opus - Kurt René Plisnier - "Live Is Life"
Carlos Pérez - "Las Manos Quietas"
Rondò Veneziano - Maestro Gian Piero Reverberi - "La Serenissima"
Lian Ross - "Fantasy"
Marco Sabiu - remixer of "I Love My Radio" (Taffy), et al.
Savage - "Don't Cry Tonight"
Silent Circle - Jürgen CC Behrens and Martin Tychsen - "Touch In The Night"
Tracy Spencer - "Run To Me"
The Three Degrees - Helen Scott - "Set Me Free"
The Twins - Ronny Schreinzer - "Ballet Dancer"
Valerie Dore - Lino Nicolosi - "The Night"
Precious Wilson - formerly of Eruption, "Cry To Me"
Afterword by Christa Mikulski - General Director of ZYX Records
Bonus Beats: Noteworthy albums - commentary from Michael Scholz of Blue System and Johann Perrier (producer of Bad Boys Blue)

Read more

About the author


JAMES ARENA is a New York-based author, host and commentator who has been featured on MSNBC, Fox, ABC, SiriusXM, Sky News (London) and other networks. He is the author of six-book series celebrating the lives and careers of over 200 international dance music artists across five decades. James is a former executive with Bertelsmann Entertainment (BMG) and a recipient of a G.E.M.A Foundation/City of Philadelphia award for preserving dance music history.

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