Sunday, 26 February 2012

Disco: No Longer Sucks - Official

"Disco's globe-conquering presence by the late 70s even meant the world's first openly, make that brazenly and fabulously, gay pop star – the late great Sylvester – could graduate out of San Francisco's drag ghettos and chart a private jet to the most exclusive stages of the world. Mighty real, indeed. The message of love had spread out of New York's underground clubs and everyone from Abigail in Romford with a glass of Blue Nun in one hand and a Donna Summer 12-inch in the other to a little gay boy growing up in Devon dancing to Diana Ross was bathing in the refracted glitterball glow. Even as the songs sold in their millions, the original core message was always there: disco's pansexual spiritual call to arms of unity ("We Are Family"), empowerment ("I Will Survive") and sheer sexual liberation ("I Feel Love")..."

Fagburn very much enjoyed this piece in The Observer by Adam Mattera on Disco, zooming in on its debt to - and contribution to - gay culture.
The hook is BBC4 broadcasting The Joy Of Disco on Friday.
Blurb! "Documentary about how a much-derided music actually changed the world. Between 1969 and 1979 disco soundtracked gay liberation, foregrounded female desire in the age of feminism and led to the birth of modern club culture as we know it today, before taking the world by storm."
BBC4's music documentaries are usually first-rate - Fagburn hopes they do Disco similar justice.

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