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Friday, April 17, 2009

Look Out, You Rock 'n' Rollers!

Posted by Andrew Stout on Fri, Apr 17, 2009 at 4:33 PM

Badass (but also kind of pompous) music journo site the Quietus has posted two vintage articles on disco's halcyon days, written in the mid-'70s by the New Yorker's current photography critic Vince Aletti. It's fascinating stuff. Especially the second article—published in the Village Voice in 1976—which challenges the already white-hot hostility levied at disco by rock critics. (In reviewing Archie Bell & the Drells' disco comeback, Rolling Stone's Dave Marsh seeths “five of the seven tracks are locked into a mechanical disco beat that won’t quit even when you wish it would.”)

The articles are taken from a new book collecting Aletti's '70s dance music journalism called The Disco Files 1973-78: New York's Underground Week by Week. Aletti is cited as the first journalist to cover the early '70s DJ parties in uptown New York, which spurred the later disco scene.

Anyway, while you're reading up on dancefloors past, be sure to boogie down with Patti Jo's stutter-step take on Curtis Mayfield's "Make Me Believe in You," an earthier example of the disco sound from before it hardened into the metronomic monster so many rockists opposed.


Patti Jo - "Make Me Believe in You" (1975)


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