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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 61: Get On Up Disco - Started in the 70s- Disco refers to 3 distinct phenomena: 1) Musical style 2) A performance site 3) A mode of participation and of musical fandom- Disco was applied to dance hits like Rock the Boat, Rock Your Baby and Hustle- The Hustle launched the biggest dance step of the era- DJs were central to this music style as they would select and sequence these songs- Disco stresses social interaction - 75-76: disco began to concentrate on 3 main tendencies: 1) R&B Disco- derived from soul and funk, with gospel-oriented vocals, syncopated guitar and bass parts. E.g. Ohio Players, Kool and the Gang 2) Eurodisco- simple, chanted vocals, less syncopated bass parts, thicker arrangements filled with orchestral instruments and synthesizers. On many albums, djs would sequence a series of contrasting episodes over an unvarying tempo 3) Pop disco- represented by mainstream pop artists e.g. the Bee Gees- Saturday Night Fever helped bring disco to white, straight Americans (first the genre was only common amongst gays, blacks and Latinos)- The movie soundtrack was the most successful soundtrack up until that time- Popular disco clubs were celebrity hangouts like Studio 54 in NYC The Dialect of Disco: Gay Music Goes Straight- Andrew Kopkind- Mindless material of the disco culture includes: ballrooms, steps, songs, drugs, movies and drag- Disco spawned a $4 billion music industry- A lot of disco wars and conflict as its success has negatively affected rock, punk and jazz musicians- Rod Stewart and Mick Jagger went disco as fad gains popularity - Disco is seen as a revolt against the 60s DISCO of the 70s Music of the 60s- Exaggerated, and unreal, it affirms gossip, fashion, fantasy, fun and frivolity- Political/other theme, expressing feelings, oppression, seriousness, confessions, reality e.g. Mr. Tambourine Man for reality e....
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- Winter '08