We’re all familiar with death to disco, but the latest copy of Vanity Fair has a piece in it that might just give you a little disco fever: An Oral History of Disco is a pretty fascinating perspective on the 70s club scene in the words of celebs who lived the (albeit hazy) dream.
The article has more than a few gems, including Gloria Gaynor’s take on the DJ revolution: "I was out in the clubs in New York City in 1971, ‘72, feeling the pulse, knowing what was going on. I saw them setting up D.J. booths in closets—taking the top half of the door off, putting in a plank of wood, and that’s what [the D.J.] put his turntable on."
It made me realize that despite disco’s bad rap, it really was responsible for much of what nightlife is today. That, and Vanity Fair threw in a how-to bit on dance steps that charmed me to pieces. Whether you’re dancing in the 70s or the 10s, you’ve got to know what you’re doing if you want to snag a partner:
Check out the other dance steps on VF Daily.
So maybe it’s time to let a little disco back into our lives; y’know, focusing on the constructive parts of disco — like the gratuitous partying and total lack of inhibition. And if you need a little extra inspiration, check out Vince Aletti’s memoir of disco’s origins as an underground party phenomenon:
Despite all that polyester, you’ve got to admit that the 70s really knew how to have a good time.