[SoundStudies] Event of Interest: Tomorrow: 10/4 5pm - NYC Party Culture 1980-83: Conjuncture, Queers, Women

Nicholas Forster nicholas.forster at yale.edu
Mon Oct 3 09:35:34 EDT 2016

  Continuing his analysis of the New York City party scene, Tim Lawrence
focuses on the early 1980s, a largely neglected period that was
characterised by its creativity, intensity and integration. Drawing on his
new book, Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980-83, he outlines
how the period witnessed the discreet sounds of disco, punk, rock, rap and
dub-reggae give way to an array of mutant combinations. He also explores
how the city’s party venues became multi-sensory hubs that regularly
combined DJing, live performance, performance art, art, video, film and
immersive happenings. What were the economic and social conditions that
gave rise to this era of hybrid activity? How did participants challenge
dominant strands of hetero- and homonormativity? And how did changing
circumstances, from creeping neoliberalism to the spread of AIDS, augur its
premature end?

Tim Lawrence is the author of Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor,
1980-83 (2016) as well as Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance
Music Culture, 1970-79 (2003) and Hold On to Your Dreams: Arthur Russell
and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973-92 (2009), all published by Duke
University Press. He is a professor of Cultural Studies at the University
of East London, co-director and co-founder of the Centre of Cultural
Studies Research, and a co-founder of Lucky Cloud Sound System,

Sponsored by LGBT Studies, with generous support from the Wallace-Sexton
Fund for LGBT Studies
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