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    Thanks for posting this Lakeside. It's great hearing from Nona Hendryx and I'm really looking forward to seeing the PBS special on Disco.

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    Oh boy another self-proclaimed, in-depth dive into deep disco! [with plenty of the handy footage of the Comiskey Park episode no doubt]

    The soon-to-be “newest thing” is slowly picked up by folks on the fringes of pop culture, usually anodized to some extent and presented to mainstream audiences in a form they can consume before becoming a pale over-commercially exploited imitation of its former underground glory.
    Let's look at the disco soundtrack being explored :

    Episode #1 of “Disco: Soundtrack to a Revolution” begins in David Mancuso’s Loft and moves to the gay clubs and Black and Latin bars of Manhattan. It also focuses on early DJs such as Nicky Siano, and foundation songs, including Thelma Houston’s “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” Gloria Gaynor’s “Never Can Say Goodbye” and the anthemic “I Will Survive” and Donna Summer’s game-changing and lusty “Love To Love You Baby.”
    Nothing "overly commercially exploited" about those chosen examples of the full story of disco.... each record becoming Top Ten Pop hits ...if not #1s ... and commonly 'consumed' by the average deplorables on the radios of their households and cars .

    author got the title of the documentary wrong.
    Last edited by Boogiedown; 05-31-2024 at 11:58 PM.

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    Nona to me is surprisingly nonchalant in her recollections ....I kinda like it:

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news/r-b-legend-nona-hendryx-talks-rise-of-disco-and-the-new-pbs-documentary-disco-soundtrack-to-a-revolution/ar-BB1nlluO?ocid=hpmsn&cvid=c626ca5b659d4636af48bd001 9a62421&ei=32

    It was just money everywhere,” says Hendryx. “But I don’t think it became more important than the music. The music still lasts, and will outlast that and it has.”

    “I think like most musical periods or movements, have their time,” she says. “Doo wop had its time. Boy singers, from Frankie Avalon and Frank Sinatra, all the sort of male singers that came out of Philadelphia, New York, Fabian on television, all of that, they have their time. The ‘60s girl groups had our time. And so I don’t see it so much as a blow up.

    “I see it as another generation, another change. It’s just a natural progression of something that bubbles up from the underground hits the mainstream and then peter’s out, I guess,” Hendryx said.


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