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Published: 09 September 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373926-031
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7392-6
... location in a less moneyed part of town. Both the Garage and the Loft continued to pack their dance floors. Behind the scenes, however, Levan began to test Brody’s patience to the breaking point as his unbounded lifestyle and additional undertakings threatened to compromise his basic DJ-ing...
Published: 09 September 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373926-023
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7392-6
... Larry Levan invited keyboardist Michael de Benedictus to accompany him during his DJ sets during 1980 and then hired him to play on tracks such as “Heartbeat.” In return, de Benedictus asked Levan to join his band, the Peech Boys. A year in the making and released by West End, the band’s first...
Published: 09 September 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373926-015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7392-6
... As references to R&B began to reenter the lexicon, Larry Levan delivered mix after mix that fed into the resurgent groove. Released on West End in early 1981, “Heartbeat” became a standout release. Tee Scott came as close as anyone to keeping pace with Levan. Continuing to mesh innovative...
Published: 09 September 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373926-036
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7392-6
... the R&B tradition. Harvey interviewed and analyzed six key figures: Walter Gibbons, François Kevorkian, Larry Levan, David Mancuso, John “Jellybean” Benitez, and Shep Pettibone. Harvey shared some of the concerns expressed by his interviewees and wondered if the specter of disco’s collapse now...
Published: 09 September 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373926-005
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7392-6
...-off party at the venue. They showed up again the following Saturday to see if Garage resident Larry Levan could match Scott. Brody consolidated the momentum by booking live acts to perform on Saturdays. Just when disco was supposed to have died, the Garage along with the Loft reached a peak. ...
Published: 09 September 2016
DOI: 10.1215/9780822373926-018
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7392-6
... radio crashed in tandem with the disco juggernaut, New York’s party DJs reasserted themselves as preeminent taste connoisseurs who could break records locally and regionally but not nationally. WBLS DJ Frankie Crocker, hugely influential in New York, established a close bond with Larry Levan, often...
Book Chapter

By Tim Lawrence
Published: 01 January 2003
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8511-0
... and Michael Cappello at Le Jardin 127 Frankie Knuckles and Larry Levan at the Continental Baths 132 Dance floor at the new Gallery 136 View of Flamingo from the turntables 140 Decorating Flamingo exterior 141 Billy Smith 142 Barry White 144 Michael Cappello at Le Jardin 149 Record Pool...
Book Chapter

By Tim Lawrence
Published: 01 January 2003
DOI: 10.1215/9780822385110-015
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8511-0
..., 225, 234, 249, 294, 343, 418; and Mel Cheren, 257, 258, 316, 321, 329, 364, 366, 197, 293; and Frankie Crocker, 354; 367, 370, 371, 380–82, 385, 386, and David DePino, 417, 427; and 389, 390, 391, 394, 395, 398, 413. Larry Levan, 196–97, 292, 345– See also...
Published: 09 September 2016
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7392-6
... his work, which placed greater emphasis on power than the system developed by Mancuso. As references to R&B began to reenter the lexicon, Larry Levan delivered mix after mix that fed into the resurgent groove. Released on West End in early 1981, “Heartbeat” became a standout release. Tee...
Published: 09 September 2016
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7392-6
..., impressed, as the venue gathered momentum during the summer. Bambaataa and his co-DJs cultivated a distinctive sound that wasn’t tied to genre. Larry Levan invited keyboardist Michael de Benedictus to accompany him during his DJ sets during 1980 and then hired him to play on tracks such as “Heartbeat...
Published: 01 January 2003
DOI: 10.1215/9780822385110-010
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8511-0
Published: 09 September 2016
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7392-6
... analysis of New York’s DJs and party spaces to date while arguing that disco and its dance music successor could claim to have reinvented the R&B tradition. Harvey interviewed and analyzed six key figures: Walter Gibbons, François Kevorkian, Larry Levan, David Mancuso, John “Jellybean” Benitez, and...
Book Chapter

By Tim Lawrence
Published: 01 January 2009
DOI: 10.1215/9780822390855-013
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9085-5
... D’Acquisto Loose Joints, “Is It All Over My Face? (Female Vocal)” / ​ “Is It All Over My Face? (Male Vocal)” Twelve-inch single, West End, 1980 (WES-22129) Side A. “Is It All Over My Face? (Female Vocal Remixed by Larry Levan Side B. “Is It All Over My Face? (Male Vocal...
Published: 09 September 2016
EISBN: 978-0-8223-7392-6
... Better Days DJ Tee Scott play a one-off party at the venue. They showed up again the following Saturday to see if Garage resident Larry Levan could match Scott. Brody consolidated the momentum by booking live acts to perform on Saturdays. Just when disco was supposed to have died, the Garage along with...
Published: 01 January 2003
DOI: 10.1215/9780822385110-006
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8511-0
... other wannabe mixers. ‘‘Larry and I would blow up balloons, set up the food bar, prepare the punch, and give out acid, but we also spent a lot of time hanging out in the booth, watch- ing Nicky’s every move says Frankie Knuckles. ‘‘He pretty much taught us what he was doing Larry Levan charmed his...
Published: 01 January 2003
DOI: 10.1215/9780822385110-011
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8511-0
... 364 love saves the day Pellegrino notched up his first hit with John Luongo’s remix of Jackie Moore’s ‘‘This Time Baby ‘‘I took the acetate to the Paradise Garage and gave it to Larry Levan says the disco chief. ‘‘Larry played it once, Larry played it twice, Larry played it three times. When I...
Book Chapter

By Tim Lawrence
Published: 01 January 2003
DOI: 10.1215/9780822385110-013
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8511-0
... in Dery, Escape Velocity,183. 46 Vince Aletti, ‘‘Disco File Record World, 17 May 1975; Szathmary and Truscott, ‘‘Inside the Disco Boom 47 Jan Hodenfield, ‘‘Cruising the Scene in the Discotheques New York Post, 9 August 1975. 48 Manny Lehman, ‘‘Larry Levan...
Book Chapter

By Tim Lawrence
Published: 01 January 2003
DOI: 10.1215/9780822385110-012
EISBN: 978-0-8223-8511-0
... the Sanctuary developed another. Nicky Siano and the Gal- lery, Frankie Knuckles and the Warehouse, and Tee Scott and Better Days entered into similarly Siamese-like relationships. And Larry Levan and the Paradise Garage became tempestuous yet inseparable lovers. New York’s pioneering...
Book Chapter

By Tim Lawrence
Published: 01 January 2009
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9085-5
... Ginsberg, Philip Glass, and John Hammond, as well as Walter Gibbons, François Kevorkian, Larry Levan, and Will Socolov, D’Acquisto challenged me to write a biography about his low-profile friend, whom he had met at David Mancuso’s Loft, the influential private party that would frame my...
Book Chapter

By Tim Lawrence
Published: 01 January 2009
DOI: 10.1215/9780822390855-001
EISBN: 978-0-8223-9085-5
... series of twelve-inch singles that blazed a trail between disco and house, working with pioneering engineers, producers, and remixers such as Bob Blank, Walter Gibbons, François Ke- vorkian, and Larry Levan. As he deepened his work, he cultivated a criti- cally acclaimed voice-cello...