The Forging of a White Gay Aesthetic at the Saint, 1980–84
Lawrence, T. 2011. The Forging of a White Gay Aesthetic at the Saint, 1980–84. Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture. 3 (1), pp. 4-27.
An influential private party for white gay men that opened in downtown New York in 1980 and closed in 1988, the Saint was a prolific employer of high-profile DJs, yet their work has gone largely unanalysed. This article describes and contextualises the aesthetic of these DJs, paying particular attention to the way they initially embraced music recorded by African American musicians, yet shifted to a notably “whiter” sound across 1982 and 1983, during which time new wave and Hi-NRG recordings were heard much more regularly at the spot. The piece argues that this shift took place as a result of a number of factors, including the introduction of a consumer ethos at the venue, the deepening influence of identity politics and the encroaching impact of AIDS, which decimated the venue’s membership. These developments led Saint DJs to place an ever-greater emphasis on the creation of a smooth and seamless aesthetic that enhanced the crowd’s embrace of a synchronized dancing style. DJs working in electronic dance music scenes would go on to adopt important elements of this approach.
|Journal||Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture|
|Journal citation||3 (1), pp. 4-27|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.12801/1947-5403.2011.03.01.01|
|Web address (URL)||https://doi.org/10.12801/1947-5403.2011.03.01.01|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||08 Mar 2019|
|Copyright information||© 2011 The author|
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