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Book: Dancehalls, Glitterballs and DJs

Chapter: Disco Breaks Out

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44963


At first, disco music was music for the younger generation, music for nights of dancing in discos and at parties, but it soon crossed over to the mainstream: to TV variety shows, movies, guest spots on daytime chat shows and articles in glossy, mass circulation, magazines and tabloid newspapers. It was, generally, family-friendly music that seemingly made no attempt to challenge the social status quo, played by performers who rarely demonstrated strong political views: a strong contrast to the parent-worrying prog rockers, glam rockers and punks that preceded or appeared alongside disco. Then in a 1977 movie a young Hollywood actor walked confidently through New York streets ready to dance in his sharp white suit. Saturday Night Fever became the ultimate disco showcase, bringing further popularity, along with controversy, to the British disco scene.

Chapter Contributors

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