Sunday, October 30

Tim Lawrenc - Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor: 1980-1983 (2016)

"Halfway through Tim Lawrence’s 'Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor: 1980-1983,' a six-hundred-page book about four years in the life of a dozen New York City clubs, there’s a short chapter called 'Shrouded Abatements and Mysterious Deaths.' It describes two forces that began warping New York City in the early eighties, neither of them musical, and it elegantly explains how a period of artistic flourishing was squashed. The first of these forces, chronologically speaking, was money. More specifically, Lawrence points to a system of tax abatements pushed for by the city’s mayor at the time, Ed Koch. ..."
New Yorker: When Rent Was Cheap and Dance Music Reigned
NY Times: ‘Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor’ Charts a Kinetic Scene in the Early ’80s
VOICE: When NYC's Dance Scene Reigned Supreme