Disco Politics

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Stuart Maconie has got a little piece in the Radio Times this week that introduces a new Radio 2 season of programmes about disco music with a political analysis:
Disco was the expressive, rebellious music of urban America's outsider communities, whether they were gay, black, female, single or poor, and the repellent Disco Sucks backlash was driven by right-wing rock jocks.
Not a bad analysis but this is what made me smile:
Let's hope, though, that as well as celebrating the music's perennial and imperishable joie de vivre and lasting influence, the programmes reflect the innately political nature of this seemingly hedonistic movement.
It makes me laugh to think of people in hot pants on roller skates under mirror balls as being "innately political".
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Liz said...

I am that disco bird once of a nightclub dancing around in hot pants whom has always been "innately political"- it is not political when you're actually doing it (~boogie woogie boogie~) - is it? It's the analysis after. If you must and you're right, it' daft.

4 July 2009 at 10:52

Tamla Motown and Atlantic Records: huge, huge, megacorporation divisions of Universal and Warner.

Up the Revolution...

...to 45 RPM.


Ain't too proud to beg...

4 July 2009 at 19:49