Diving Into Disco

Join Claude, a dedicated disco enthusiast, in “Diving into Disco,” a series exploring the rich history and cultural depth of disco music. This journey challenges common misconceptions, highlighting the genre’s intricate arrangements and influential sonic elements. The series links disco to pivotal socio-cultural movements, including the Stonewall riots and gay liberation, underscoring its significance beyond mere dancefloor trends. Prepare to uncover the true essence of disco, a genre deserving of greater recognition in music history, far beyond just Saturday Night Fever and glittering mirror balls. Get set for an enlightening disco adventure!


  • Diving Into Disco – Rediscovering the Soul of a Generation

    Diving Into Disco – Rediscovering the Soul of a Generation

    Hi, my name is Claude and I’m a… disco addict. There I said it. Now that wasn’t so awful after all. Truth be told, I never shied away from admitting my lifelong disco dependency to strangers. I was always an unabashed member of the disco brigade, but from what I’ve gathered from friends and acquaintances,…

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  • Diving into Disco, Part 7 — Psychedelic Soul

    Diving into Disco, Part 7 — Psychedelic Soul

    The Vietnam War and social upheaval… The times they were (still) a’changin’

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  • Diving into Disco, Part 6 — Psychedelics and Funkydelics

    Diving into Disco, Part 6 — Psychedelics and Funkydelics

    By 1967, the Motor City is still monopolizing the music charts and airwaves, cruising full speed ahead, rivaled only by Britain’s Fab Four. But there’s turbulence and static on the horizon stemming from a strong current blowing from the West Coast, along with inner tensions within Hitsville U.S.A., a.k.a. Motown Records.These combined factors would eventually…

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  • Diving into Disco, Part 5 — Going to a Go-Go

    Diving into Disco, Part 5 — Going to a Go-Go

    While the Supremes, with the support of their writing and producing team of Lamont Dozier and brothers Brian and Eddie Holland, a.k.a. H-D-H, continued their winning streak with “I Hear a Symphony” in October, 1965, and “My World Is Empty Without You” in December of the same year, squeezed in between those two months, in…

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  • Diving into Disco, Part 4 — Funk and Memphis Soul

    Diving into Disco, Part 4 — Funk and Memphis Soul

    Born in Barnwell, South Carolina, James Brown had to hustle his way up and out from extreme poverty. Partly raised by a mostly-absent mother and abusive father-husband, young Brown bore the brunt of a rough, tough childhood, shining shoes for less than a dime, and living with one of his aunts in a brothel; his…

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  • Diving into Disco, Part 3 — The Motown years

    Diving into Disco, Part 3 — The Motown years

    Blues migrated towards the urban centres, along its way electrifying guitars and gigs, as black musicians fleeing southern racial segregation strived for more economic opportunities and a better life in places like Detroit, Chicago, and New York City.

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  • Diving into Disco, Part 2 – Uncovering the Roots of Dancefloor Magic

    Diving into Disco, Part 2 – Uncovering the Roots of Dancefloor Magic

    It all started with… the Beat. That rhythm inside us that keeps us alive, that reminds us… We Are Alive! It races when we’re excited to meet someone new. Its pounding pulse is primal.

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