Although Disco was declared “dead” in the late 70’s, it still left a significant impact on the world and changed the course of music and popular culture forever. Disco music became the soundtrack of gay liberation, brought female desire to the forefront in the age of feminism, and led to the birth of modern club culture as we know it today. Later on in the 80’s, Disco influenced the creation of House music and other dance music genres and is to this day constantly referenced, sampled and reinterpreted by artists around the globe.
This year BBC released an excellent documentary called ‘The Joy of Disco,’ which outlines the importance of the Disco music scene to gay culture and civil rights in New York City 40 years ago. It features iconic characters of this era, including DJ Nicky Siano, Nile Rodgers (Chic,) Robin Gibb (Bee Gees,) Kathy Sledge (Sister Sledge,) Giorgio Moroder and many more.
The hour-long film goes beyond the entertainment side of Disco music and serves as an informative piece on gay NYC in the 70’s. It helps us understand ourselves better as a community and to value all we have conquered in the past four decades after Stonewall. We encourage everyone to watch it and learn a bit more about our history through the eyes and ears of Disco.