In Defence Of Disco (Again)
Lawrence, T. 2006. In Defence Of Disco (Again). New Formations: A Journal of Culture, Theory, Politics.
Since the 1970s, disco, which formally went out of production towards the end of 1979, has moved under a different guise, yet remains prevalent. This article explores the ongoing popularity and vitality of the social practice popularised by disco which is still prominent in the mainstream pop acts of today. The article highlights how disco’s politics of pleasure, experimentation and social equality, which draws on the potentially queer/affective experience of the amorphous body moving solo-with-the-crowd to polyrhythmic music, remains an enticing objective every time a DJ comes into contact with a group of dancers. It concludes that few music genres have been so successful at generating and spawning a model of potentially radical sociality.
|Keywords||disco; musical genres; polyrhythmic music; musical subcultures|
|Journal||New Formations: A Journal of Culture, Theory, Politics|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Web address (URL)||http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/journals/newformations/contents.html|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||20 Apr 2010|
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