I have a slight obsession with disco. I honestly don’t know where it began but I’ve loved it since I was a little girl. Because of my love for disco, I get very defensive when it is routinely dragged as a vapid musical art form.
WHY DO PEOPLE HATE DISCO?
My quest to answer this question led me to a number of books, interviews, documentaries and movies that shed some light on the history of disco. Guess what? Its history doesn’t have anything to do with glitter, gloss or white polyester suits and it doesn’t have much to do with Saturday Night Fever or Studio 54 either. Yeah, I said it. Those are the very things that define and malign disco to this day.
So over on TONDI for the rest of the month I’m taking a deep dive into the world of disco.
Here on Culture Shock Art I’ll post links to music and photography that speak to the heart of disco and for those of you who want to learn more I’ll provide links on TONDI to some B-side content that highlight the social and political context that shaped the genre.
Since the Netflix series “The Get Down” debuts this week on Netflix, my goal is to give readers some historical context to the show and to show some love for music that we have forgotten.
For more on SUPERNOVA, head over to TONDI