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Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980-1983

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Klappentext As the 1970s gave way to the 80s, New York's party scene entered a ferociously inventive period characterized by its creativity, intensity, and hybridity. Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor chronicles this tumultuous time, charting the sonic and social eruptions that took place in the city's subterranean party venues as well as the way they cultivated breakthrough movements in art, performance, video, and film. Interviewing DJs, party hosts, producers, musicians, artists, and dancers, Tim Lawrence illustrates how the relatively discrete post-disco, post-punk, and hip hop scenes became marked by their level of plurality, interaction, and convergence. He also explains how the shifting urban landscape of New York supported the cultural renaissance before gentrification, Reaganomics, corporate intrusion, and the spread of AIDS brought this gritty and protean time and place in American culture to a troubled denouement. Zusammenfassung In Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor Tim Lawrence examines the city's party! dance! music! and art culture between 1980 and 1983! tracing the rise! apex! and fall of this inventive! vibrant! and tumultuous scene. Inhaltsverzeichnis Preface  ix Acknowledgments  xvii Introduction  1 Part I. 1980: The Recalibration of Disco 1. Stylistic Coherence Didn't Matter at All  11 2. The Basement Den at Club 57  30 3. Danceteria: Midtown Feels the Downtown Storm  48 4. Subterranean Dance  60 5. The Bronx-Brooklyn Approach  73 6. The Sound Became More Real  92 7. Major-Label Calculations  105 8. The Saint Peter of Discos  111 9. Lighting the Fuse  122 Part II. 1981: Accelerating Toward Pluralism 10. Explosion of Clubs  135 11. Artistic Maneuvers in the Dark  155 12. Downton Configures Hip Hop  170 13. The Sound of a Transcendent Future  184 14. The New Urban Street Sound  199 15. It Wasn't Rock and Roll and It Wasn't Disco  210 16. Frozen in Time or Freed into Infinity  221 17. It Felt Like the Whole City Was Listening  232 18. Shrouded Abatements and Mysterious Deaths  239 Part III. 1982: Dance Culture Seizes the City 19. All We Had Was the Club  245 20. Inverted Pyramid  257 21. Roxy Music  271 22. The Garage: Everybody Was Listening to Everything  279 23. The Planet Rock Groove  288 24. Techno Funksters  304 25. Taste Segues  314 26. Stormy Weather  320 27. Cusp of an Important Fusion  331 Part IV. 1983: The Genesis of Division 28. Cristal for Everyone  343 29. Dropping the Pretense and the Flashy Suits  369 30. Straighten It Out with Larry Levan  381 31. Stripped-Down and Scrambled Sounds  400 32. We Became Part of This Energy  419 33. Sex and Dying  430 34. We Got the Hits, We Got the Future  438 35. Behind the Groove  449 Epilogue. Life, Death, and the Hereafter  458 Notes  485 Selected Discography  515 Selected Filmography  529 Selected Bibliography  521 Index  537  ...

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