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DISCO


Origins: Late 1960s - early 1970s.

Curator’s Note: Drag balls are included here due to their boom in the disco era, but note that ballroom culture dates back to the ‘30s. 


BOOKS


  • Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture, 1970-1979 by Tim Lawrence, 2003. ︎

  • Disco Divas: Women and Popular Culture in the 1970s by Sherrie Inness, 2003.

  • Everybody Dance: Chic and the Politics of Disco by Daryl Easlea, 2004.

  • Turn the Beat Around: The Secret History of Disco by Peter Shapiro, 2005. ︎

  • The Disco Files 1973-78: New York's Underground Week by Week by Vince Aletti, 2009. ︎

  • Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture by Alice Echols, March 2010. ︎

  • Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny by Nile Rogers, 2011. ︎

  • Disco: The Music, the Times, the Era by Johnny Morgan, Gloria Gaynor (Foreword), 2011. ︎

  • I'll Never Write My Memoirs by Grace Jones, Paul Morley, 2015.

FILMS & SERIES



  • Paris Is Burning, dir. Jennie Livingston, 1990, 1h 18 mins.

  • Walk!, dir. Nicolas Jenkins, 2016, 11 mins. Available on Vimeo.


PODCASTS & RADIO





ARTICLES




  • Is Paris Burning?” by bell hooks, Black Looks: Race and Representation, 1992. ︎