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​A new book on Daft Punk will look at their lasting effect on music

After Daft tells the story the French duo’s 30-year career

  • Gemma Ross
  • 23 September 2021
​A new book on Daft Punk will look at their lasting effect on music

Traversing 30 years of dance music culture, After Daft is the new book from Gabriel Szatan highlighting prolific duo Daft Punk’s near three-decade-long career.

The book is still in the works, set for release in 2023 and will document the duo’s early beginnings and formation in 1993 right up until their split just earlier this year. After Daft is set to capture life through the lens of electronic music’s great pioneers.

After Daft is the second major Daft Punk book announced this year following their split in February, spotlighting the French duo’s ambitious career.

“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,” says the book’s author, Gabriel Szatan.

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“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.”

The book focuses heavily on the Alive 2006-07 tour, which Szatan argues changed the shape of music forever while pushing forward a new, youthful spread of inspired DJs and producers.

The book’s author, Gabriel Szatan, is a journalist and broadcaster previously working alongside Gilles Peterson on his BBC Radio 6 team while curating events for Boiler Room.

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For Szatan, this book “[makes] the case for how, over 28 years, music really did sound better with them. I’m excited to bring it all to light,” he says.

The book will be published by John Murray Press/Hachette UK after the publishing company won the bid for After Daft. Look out for the new book in 2023.

Gemma Ross is Mixmag's Digital Intern, follow her on Twitter

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