Talk & Afterparty: Life & Death On Ny Dance Floor W Tim Lawrence

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brought to you by CMU's Listening Spaces / Center for Arts in Society, School of Music, School of English, Frank-Ratchye Studio for Creative Inquiry, VIA and Ace Hotel

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What were the economic and social conditions that gave rise to NYC's era of hybrid nighclub activity in the early 80s? How did changing circumstances augur its premature end?

Collaborator with David Mancuso (the late and beloved founder of NYC/London's famous Loft parties) Lawrence is author of "Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music 1970-79", "Hold On to Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973-92" and his latest book "Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980-83". Lawrence continues his analysis of the NYC party scene with a focus a largely neglected period that was characterized by its creativity, intensity, and integration at the beginning of the Raegan-era.

In this talk Lawrence discusses how the period witnessed the discreet sounds of disco, punk, rock, rap and dub-reggae give way to an array of combinations. He also explores how the city’s party venues became multi-sensory hubs that regularly combined DJing, live performance, performance art, art, video, film and immersive happenings.

Tim Lawrence is a professor of Cultural Studies at the University of East London and a founding co-director of the Centre for Cultural Studies Research. He is also the co-founder of Lucky Cloud Sound System, which has been staging Loft parties in London since 2003.

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Chill out / get down to selections from Tim and some of Pittsburgh's most astute crate diggers' collections. Grab a record on your way out and take home what you're listening to.

Spinning records from his personal collection that embody the mutant, hybrid, democratic spirit of the early 1980s NYC dance floor.

KELLY CARTER (Milk Records)
A tribute to Anita Sarko and Mudd Club (which closed in 1983 and had gender-neutral bathrooms). i.e. new wave, spoken word, Sonny and Cher.

BUSCRATES' (1/3 of ELQ - East Liberty Quarters)
Inspired by the 80s boogie and funk sounds. After a 4 year stint in Atlanta, GA, Boogie Bus is back on the scene doing gigs around town and nationwide, with a few releases in the works for late 2017.

SELECTA (720 Records)
Bringing along his 45s. Multiple genres, including a few crates of Funk & Soul/Dance from le shop.

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