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The Tragic History of Disco

Say the word disco and most people roll their eyes. It’s all about bad Party City Halloween costumes and that tragic period of bad music, right? I am here to tell you there’s surprisingly a lot to learn from disco, from its underground beginnings to its “dying days” as the 1970s came to a close. So how did a once subversive, cultural phenomenon — now nearing a half-century in age — become a musical punchline?

For the record (pun intended), I love and respect both early and late American disco periods that fall quite neatly within a span of one decade. And I’ve watched through the years as any music sounding even remotely like disco had to be labeled ‘house’ or even the more generic ‘dance’ moniker in order to avoid the disco scarlet letter… read more >

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