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Library Journal★ 03/01/2014
If you've ever nodded your head while watching Disney's Tron: The Legacy, or while playing DJ Hero (an offshoot of the now defunct Activision video game "Guitar Hero" series), then you have experienced the technological genre-bending ubiquity of this title. Santorelli's biography of the French EDM (electronic dance music) pioneers, whose "Random Access Memories" won a Grammy for album of the year, successfully unveils the duo known for hiding their identities behind robotic helmets. Not only are readers given basic biographical information about the men behind the global phenomenon (Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo) but, most important, they are provided with an exploratory view of the inspiration, thought process, and production of their groundbreaking artistic endeavors that transcend music. This title is both a critical analysis of the band as experimental artist-icons and an homage to the multitude of creators and collaborators who have inspired (and are inspired by) the duo. VERDICT Recommended for Daft Punk fans, those who enjoy EDM, and/or those interested in understanding the path from creative to cultural icon.—Tamela Chambers, Chicago Pub. Schs.