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17 March 2023

Daft Punk Book, ‘After Daft’ To Be Published Next Year

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Daft Punk are to be the subject of a new book, After Daft: Daft Punk & The Rewiring Of 21st Century Culture, due next year.

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Written by journalist Gabriel Szatan, the book explores the influential duo’s rise throughout the 90s, as well as their influence on 21st-century pop and electronic music culture. It will feature interviews with Franz Ferdinand, Oneohtrix Point Never, Peaches, Panda Bear, Carl Craig, The Blessed Madonna, Erol Alkan, The Avalanches, Kevin Saunderson, Paul Johnson, Optimo and Tiga, as well as a number of their French peers, such as Alan Braxe, DJ Falcon, Air and Busy P.

Szatan said in a statement: “Daft Punk sit in the pantheon of pop alongside Prince, Talking Heads, Kate Bush, Stevie Wonder, Kraftwerk, Missy Elliott, David Bowie or any visionary you’d care to name.

“Beyond making joyous records, there are countless compelling sub-narratives which flow in and out of their career: Alive 2006-07 was as consequential for dance music as The Beatles’ 1964 appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show was for rock ‘n’ roll — what changed about the way we respond to concerts in the aftermath? Were the Teachers sufficiently recognised for their contributions? And how did Daft Punk retain anonymity at a time when the internet erased privacy for everyone else?”

A press release notes that the book will go “deeper than ever before on the creative vision which established the French duo’s legend and the factors that precipitated their split. The project also takes a wide-angle lens to the past 30+ years of technological changes and musical evolution, with insight drawn from over 100 artists, DJs, studio specialists, filmmakers, designers, record labels and concert promoters who helped propel dance & electronic music’s surging influence within pop culture.”

After Daft will be published by John Murray Press on 14 March 2024.

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