A Brief History of the Rave Scene
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It was 1977, the height of the age of disco. The film Saturday Night Fever had swept across America, transforming the cultural and musical landscape into a series of fractal reflections of disco dance floors with mirror balls and blinking lights, John Travolta imitators in cheesy leisure suits, and the Bee Gees’s enormous hit song Stayin’ Alive endlessly repeating everywhere. I remember it well because, at the time, I was living in Chicago and working at a record store, and every few minutes a new customer would come in to buy the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, which was in the midst of becoming the best-selling album in history to date. Unfortunately for me, I was no fan of disco. In fact, Chicago was home to one of the most virulent antidisco backlashes in the entire country, culminating with the public dynamiting of a huge pile of disco records on the baseball field in Comiskey Park, an event attended by a rabid crowd of thousands. Although I was not as extreme in my hatred, I definitely looked down at disco as an inferior form of music based on canned drummachine beats, simplistic song structures, and mindless lyrics. So, like most people, when the disco fad faded and died, I did not mourn its passing, and moved on to other things. But, in point of fact, disco did not die; it merely retreated back to the underground gay, black, and Latino subculture from which it originally emerged. And there, far away from the harsh
glare of the mainstream, it continued to live and thrive and evolve and mutate.