With dance music legend Gloria Gaynor as host, "Disco: Spinning the Story" takes a comprehensive look at the evolution of the 1970's music and cultural phenomenon. The film showcases new ... See full summary »
With dance music legend Gloria Gaynor as host, "Disco: Spinning the Story" takes a comprehensive look at the evolution of the 1970's music and cultural phenomenon. The film showcases new interviews with funk pioneer George Clinton, members of Chic, Village People, The Trammps, producer/songwriter Giorgio Moroder, hip-hop icon Kurtis Blow, remix legend Tom Moulton, "Disco: Step-by-Step"® producer, Marty Angelo and even Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead. Plus there are vintage interview clips with Donna Summer, Harry Wayne "KC" Casey, and Studio 54 co-owner, the late Steve Rubell. Also included are highlights of explosive performances by some of disco's finest including Donna Summer, KC & The Sunshine Band, Bee Gees, Chic, Trammps, Gloria Gaynor, Rose Royce, Labelle, Hues Corporation, Commodores, Blondie, Rod Stewart and Barry White. As well as artists who inspired and fostered the disco sound including vintage performances by Delfonics, Supremes, Temptations, James Brown, early Kool and ... Written by
I'll admit it now, so you have no illusions about me having good taste--I like most disco music. And so it was natural that I would watch this documentary that chronicles the roots of disco to the "death of disco" in 1979-80 and the music that it inspired today. For "old fogies" like myself, it's as nice stroll down memory lane. The interviews, music and history was great.
My only complaint is that it seemed a bit disingenuous when the film blamed the demise of popularity of the music as due to "racism" and "homophobia"! Please...give this a rest! It's too easy to chalk up anything to racism or gay-bashing. While I liked the music, there was also too much of it and after a while it all started to sound the same--prompting, in my opinion, the "disco sucks" movement and demise of disco. To me their assertion seemed self-serving--instead of looking at themselves, they blame others for the decline. Just my two cents worth.
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