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Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980–1983

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As the 1970s gave way to the 80s, New York's party scene entered a  ferociously inventive period characterized by its creativity, intensity,  and hybridity. Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor  chronicles this tumultuous time, charting the sonic and social eruptions  that took place in the city’s subterranean party venues as well as the  way they cultivated breakthrough movements in art, performance, video,  and film. Interviewing DJs, party hosts, producers, musicians, artists,  and dancers, Tim Lawrence illustrates how the relatively discrete  post-disco, post-punk, and hip hop scenes became marked by their level  of plurality, interaction, and convergence. He also explains how the  shifting urban landscape of New York supported the cultural renaissance  before gentrification, Reaganomics, corporate intrusion, and the spread  of AIDS brought this gritty and protean time and place in American  culture to a troubled denouement.


  • Paperback :  600 pages 
  • Product Dimensions :  6 x 1.5 x 9 inches 
  • Publisher :  Duke University Press Books (September 30, 2016)