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Book: Dancehalls, Glitterballs and DJs

Chapter: Ready, Steady, Go! Go! Go!

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44959


Soon, media targeted at teenagers and twenty-somethings informed the social lives of millions who never went to London, let alone to the fashionable cities of the USA and mainland Europe. Discos in all their forms – the provincial clubs, the private parties and the village hall hops included – both informed and were informed by these media. Thanks to teen magazines, pirate radio and TV, even small-town and village hall discos across Britain quickly picked up on the trends that were leading the way in the largest cities. This chapter explores the relationships between the clubs, the media and the disco fans that impacted on the development of the disco scene of the 1960s and 1970s and ultimately culminated in the creation of the scene’s own musical genre.

Chapter Contributors

  • Bruce Lindsay ( - blindsay) 'Music Journalist and Social Historian'