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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: 10.1215/9780822373926-005
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...
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
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...
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: 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...