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Challenges to Mainstream/Corporate Rock in the 1970s come from independent, marginalized communities Punk • responds to lost dreams • stripped-down, noisy, unpolished music Disco • creates new dreams of luxury, pleasure, freedom • lush, controlled, polished music
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Disco Term derives from French “discotheque” Late 1960s/ Early 1970s • U.S. Dance clubs hire DJs to mix records • Big increase in gay, racially mixed dance clubs in early 1970s (esp. African-American and Latino) 1975–1980: Hits mainstream and dominates pop charts.
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Disco Music Initially defined as dance music played in discos. • Key figures from marginalized communities (Female, African-American, Latino, and/or Gay) Develops from funk, soul, European dance music • Fast, repetitive groove, continuous 4-beat rhythm • Lush orchestral sounds • Funk guitar+horns • Accretion with studio production • Sensuous vocals by disco divas / chorus Challenge to Album-Oriented Rock and rock artists • importance of single, DJ, session musicians
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Donna Summer (b. 1948)
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