Disco Demolition Night preceded, and may have helped precipitate, the decline of disco in late ; some scholars and disco artists have debated whether the event was expressive of racism and homophobia. Disco evolved in the late s in inner-city New York nightclubs , where disc jockeys played imported dance music.
Although its roots were in African-American and Latin American music, and in gay culture , it eventually became mainstream; even white artists better known for more sedate music had disco-influenced hits, such as Barry Manilow 's " Copacabana ".
Some felt disco was too mechanical; Time magazine deemed it a "diabolical thump-and-shriek". In , New York's WKTU -FM, a low-rated rock station, switched to disco and became the most popular station in the country; this led other stations to try to emulate its success.
He was hired by rival album-rock station WLUP. According to Dahl, in , the Cohos were locked in a war "dedicated to the eradication of the dreaded musical disease known as DISCO". When a discotheque in Lynwood, Illinois , switched from disco to rock in June, Dahl arrived, as did several thousand Cohos, and the police were called.
Later that month, Dahl and several thousand Cohos occupied a teen disco in the Chicago suburbs. At the end of June, Dahl urged his listeners to throw marshmallows at a WDAI promotional van at a shopping mall where a teen disco had been built. The Cohos chased the van and driver and cornered them in a local park, though the situation ended without violence.
On July 1, a near-riot occurred in Hanover Park, Illinois , when hundreds of Cohos could not enter a sold-out promotional event, and fights broke out. Some 50 police officers were needed to control the situation. When disco star Van McCoy died suddenly on July 6, Dahl marked the occasion by destroying one of his records, " The Hustle ", on the air. Do ya think I'm disco Cuz I spend so much time Blow drying out my hair? Dahl and Meier regularly mocked disco records on the radio. The protagonist, named Tony after Travolta's character in Saturday Night Fever , is unable to attract a woman until he abandons the disco scene, selling his white three-piece suit at a garage sale and melting down his gold chains for a Led Zeppelin belt buckle.
A number of anti-disco incidents took place elsewhere in the first half of , showing that "the Disco Demolition was not an isolated incident or an aberration. Since the s, Chicago White Sox owner Bill Veeck had been noted for using promotions to attract fan interest; he stated "you can draw more people with a losing team plus bread and circuses than with a losing team and a long, still silence".
His son, Mike, was the promotions director for the White Sox in Mike Veeck wrote in a letter to a fan before the season that team management intended to make sure that whether the White Sox won or lost, the fans would have fun. The matter had also been brought up early in the season when Schwartz told Mike Veeck of Dahl and his plans to blow up a crate of disco records while live on the air from a shopping mall.
Since the radio frequency of WLUP was Dahl was to blow up the collected records between games of the doubleheader. In the weeks before the event, Dahl invited his listeners to bring records they wanted to see destroyed to Comiskey Park. The previous night's attendance had been 15,,  and Comiskey Park had a capacity of 44, Owner Bill Veeck was concerned the promotion might become a disaster and checked himself out of the hospital, where he had been undergoing tests. This left the field unattended, and fans began throwing the uncollected disco LPs and singles from the stands.
Tigers designated hitter Rusty Staub remembered that the records would slice through the air, and land sticking out of the ground. He urged teammates to wear batting helmets when playing their positions, "It wasn't just one, it was many.
Oh, God almighty, I've never seen anything so dangerous in my life. The game was stopped several times because of the rain of foreign objects. Dozens of hand-painted banners with such slogans as "Disco sucks" were hung from the ballpark's seating decks.
Others sat intently in their seats, awaiting the explosion. They circled the field in a Jeep , showered according to Dahl, lovingly by his troops with firecrackers and beer, then proceeded to center field where the box containing the records awaited, rigged with explosives. Dahl and Meier warmed up the crowd, leading attendees in a chant of "disco sucks". Lorelei recalled that the view from center field was surreal.
On the mound , White Sox pitcher Ken Kravec , scheduled to start the second game, began to warm up. Other White Sox, in the dugout and wearing batting helmets , looked out upon the scene.
Fans who felt events were getting out of control and who wished to leave the ballpark had difficulty doing so; in an effort to deny the intruders entry, security had padlocked all but one gate. This is now officially the world's largest anti-disco rally!
Now listen—we took all the disco records you brought tonight, we got 'em in a giant box, and we're gonna blow 'em up reeeeeeal goooood. Sunday 2 February Monday 3 February Tuesday 4 February Wednesday 5 February Thursday 6 February Friday 7 February Saturday 8 February Sunday 9 February Tuesday 11 February Wednesday 12 February Thursday 13 February Friday 14 February Saturday 15 February Sunday 16 February Monday 17 February Tuesday 18 February Wednesday 19 February Thursday 20 February Friday 21 February Saturday 22 February Sunday 23 February Monday 24 February Tuesday 25 February Wednesday 26 February Thursday 27 February Friday 28 February Saturday 29 February Sunday 1 March Monday 2 March Tuesday 3 March Wednesday 4 March Thursday 5 March Friday 6 March Saturday 7 March Sunday 8 March Monday 9 March Tuesday 10 March Wednesday 11 March Thursday 12 March Friday 13 March Saturday 14 March Sunday 15 March Monday 16 March Tuesday 17 March Wednesday 18 March Thursday 19 March Friday 20 March Saturday 21 March Sunday 22 March Monday 23 March Tuesday 24 March He died at the age of 45 and was buried in Paris.
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Strong and Wilde is written in the first person, from two separate, alternating viewpoints, that of Cody and then Cassie. Overall, it was well written. There were a few typos, which were mildly distracting, but we all make those.
Sometimes neither we, nor our editors catch them, and they, unfortunately, make it into the final version. Both Cody and Cassie are likeable and their experiences tug at your heartstrings.
I found myself teary-eyed more than once, and I am really hoping that their bond will continue to flourish. In this book we meet Cody and Cassie. Cody is what you call going from a frog to a prince. Even has a sincere and pure heart. He's has a rough life over most of what we get to see up until the present. He's now a senior in high school. Cassie, she's also a senior who mostly grew up with Cody in their small Texas town.
Cassie just moved back after a year away when tragedy stuck home. She's not like the other girls. Has a level headed, independent personality that is so relatable. There is the high school drama, heartbreak, and bullying going on in this short read. This book and characters just pulled me in from the first page. It ends in a big cliffhanger. The next book is out.
I won this as a complete series on Facebook. I would recommend this book. Off to book two. Usually, I'd come across reads wherein the issues start with dysfunctional families, where broken families play a part.
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