Thursday, June 18, 2009

the day disco sucked: a 30-year rewind

The Guardian newspaper's music blog takes a look back at the "disco sucks" campaign of 1979 and the anti-disco riots that ensued during a radio promotion and baseball game at Comiskey Park in Chicago -- ironically the city that gave birth to post-disco house music.

"The unspoken subtext was obvious: disco music was for homosexuals and black people," writes Ben Myers. " ... But it was a pyrrhic victory. Disco spawned house music and the club scene and impacted upon the then-emerging hip-hop culture. In short, disco's influence is everywhere."

(Spotted via Facebook post by Michael Donaldson, a.k.a Q-Burns).

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