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1964, photograph 'la discotheque' in london. photo by john downing/express/getty images, hulton archive: www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/notorious-la-discotheque-club-wardour-street-london-may-news-photo/497657681
vogue pattern, discotheque dress for party dancing, 1964: "skinny and short and in one piece, it's a terrific dress for young mods who like to follow the swing beat” history-is-made-at-night.blogspot.com/2012/12/discotheque-dress-for-party-dancing-1964.html?m=1
1923, new york state legislature, penal law 722, section 8, “degenerate disorderly conduct”;
the atlantic: "more than 50,000 men were arrested for cruising in bars, streets, parks, and subway washrooms in new york city alone” www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/06/before-stonewall-biggest-threat-was-entrapment/590536/
1966, julius’s bar “sip-in”; nps: “although courts in new york had barred the practice of penalizing establishments for serving gay patrons in the late ‘50s, many places continued to refuse service with fears of losing their liquor licenses” www.nps.gov/articles/000/julius-sip-in.htm
npr, dick leitsch: “we notified the press and being gay, we got there late” www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=91993823
new york crimes: 3 deviates invite exclusion by bars; but they visit four before being refused service, in a test of s.l.a. rules: www.nytimes.com/1966/04/22/archives/3-deviates-invite-exclusion-by-bars-but-they-visit-four-before.html
1963, andy warhol, the factory.
alex rosner prototypes his mixer (for vinyl djing) in 1965 and starts rosner custom audio in 1967. check out this vid from rbma, note episode 1 alex rosner: shaping the sound of new york: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nv8mju2-gHI
1966, poetry project at st. mark's church; just for fun check out ted berrigan and harris schiff via public access poetry in 1977: www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZFJL3MQ8Do
january 1967 in san francisco, mantra-rock dance, avalon ballroom with grateful dead, allen ginsberg, timothy leary, et al.;
sly and the family stone "dance to the music" on 11/17/1967. not disco but has that strong four-beat in kick and handclaps.
iron butterfly "in-a-gadda-da-vida" on 6/14/1968. 17 minutes! great drum breaks and solos but the annoying vocals sound kind of like creed. welcome to the long types of tunes that may have been played at the loft, the sanctuary etc.
the temptations "cloud nine" on 10/25/1968. influenced by sly. check out the hi-hats.
1969 nixon's first term.
rare earth release get ready on motown, the lp comes out on 9/30/1969. the 21 minute version takes up the entirety of side two. single edit was released 1970.
the radiants "choo choo" in 1969. note the npr article: searching for disco's cro-magnon, 6/4/2019 by jason heller. drums are playing the amen break!
winstons "amen, brother" came out in may 1969 on the album color him father.
the sanctuary opens in nyc, 1969 (maybe?) which bill brewster calls the "first totally uninhibited gay discotheque in america"; devil and angel mural; francis grasso djed here. he started dancing for physical therapy. liked djing, hated crowds, liked being in control. sanctuary closes by 1973.
stonewall rebellion 6/26/1969.
tate-labianca murders august 8-10. you gotta read chaos: charles manson, the cia, and the secret history of the sixties by tom o'neill.
seymour hersh publishes his revelations about the mỹ lai massacre on 11/13/1969.
black panthers fred hampton and mark clark are assassinated by cops in chicago on 12/4/1969.
temptations "psychedelic shack" on 12/28/1969. four on the snare type beat. “music so high, you can't get over it, so low you can't get under it.”
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