Journal of Popular Music Studies, 23, 2, June September 19, Following the powerful discrediting of disco across , close to two decades passed before anyone published a book on the culture. Echols xvi-xxii begins by describing the time she worked as a DJ in a Michigan discotheque shortly after the peak of the disco sucks campaign, and notes how the anecdote brings attention to disco as it unfolded outside of New York. Hot Stuff is organized into six chapters. The second outlines the impact of the Stonewall Inn, the Stonewall rebellion, and gay liberation groups on the opening of gay dance venues.
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Alice Echols W. Norton: pp. Thirty years after its heyday, disco has so thoroughly saturated global popular culture that its songs and signifiers are recognizable to children born in a different century. The death of disco was quick and dramatic. Disco begat new wave, early hip-hop and a lineage of pop stars that includes Madonna, Prince, Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga, who has performed in a dress made up of disco ball shards. From the beginning, disco music was dogged by critics as schmaltzy, repetitive and not authentically black.
Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash had once made up a standard-issue girl group called the Bluebelles; they threw caution to the wind and reinvented themselves as freaky glam stars, making albums rather than singles of forthright political songs and embracing their gay following.
The truth, as Echols explains, was more complicated. When the Firehouse, the first New York gay disco, opened in , two years after the Stonewall riots, it revolutionized the way gays mingled -- until only recently, same-sex dancing had been forbidden, even at gay bars, whose owners were wary of police raids. Meanwhile, the gay community carried on a complicated dance with the straight mainstream.
When gay clubs became trendy among heterosexuals, many entrepreneurs opened invitation-only clubs, catering almost exclusively to white, gay richies. The Village People, a band that adopted the new macho image, became massively popular and distanced itself in the media from its beginnings in the gay underground.
Gay discos continued to thrive into the s, long after the mainstream had stopped listening, but AIDS soon decimated the dance-floor population. The story, written by Nik Cohn, turned out to have been largely fabricated. Some historians have long suggested that homophobia and racism were masked as hatred toward disco.
Echols, always even-handed, writes that the music was beginning to falter anyway.
Samujin The Disco Files — This proved to be a fascinating look at disco and its effect on African-American, gay, and feminist thinking in the s. May 21, Gayla Bassham rated it really liked it Shelves: This proved to be a fascinating look at disco and dtuff effect on African-American, gay, and feminist thinking in the s. Oct 19, L-J Johnson rated it liked it. I was a punk in high school and later in life and I forswore the corporate driven mass-produced junk food that was disco with all the fervor of a teenager. Preview — Hot Stuff by Alice Echols. The book shows how music changed in response to the culture, and how culture changed in response to the music. Set up a giveaway.
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See how this article appeared when it was originally published on NYTimes. The music itself is easy to snicker at. Set to a clockwork thump, it ordered you to boogie-oogie-oogie or to shake, shake, shake your booty. But for the thrill-seekers, especially gay ones, who packed the trendier nightspots, disco was the sound of hard-earned freedom.
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Maybe I set too high a standard for Ms. Echols, but probably I want something different than this book really is. If you also want nuanced discussion that places disco in its own sociocultural milieu and offers detailed analysis of its impact both past and future and of what the rise and fall to This was good, but not as good as I expected it to be. If you also want nuanced discussion that places disco in its own sociocultural milieu and offers detailed analysis of its impact both past and future and of what the rise and fall to rise again of producer-driven music means in the larger context, then this is not your book. I have a strange history with disco.
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Alice Echols W. Norton: pp. Thirty years after its heyday, disco has so thoroughly saturated global popular culture that its songs and signifiers are recognizable to children born in a different century. The death of disco was quick and dramatic.