Mediapolis interview

I hope you've all had a great summer. 

Just before the holidays kicked in Lawrence Webb conducted an interview with me for the cities and culture journal Mediapolis. It took on a life-force of its own and so has been published in two parts: 

Part I:
Part II:

Hope you enjoy x

Creativity, Collectivity, Convergence: New York City Party Culture, 1970-83 at Red Gallery

Creativity, Collectivity, Convergence: New York City Party Culture, 1970-83
Red Gallery, London
May 31, 2018 - June 14, 2018




The opening night of the "Creativity, Collectivity, Convergence: New York City Party Culture, 1970-83" show at Red Gallery, Shoreditch was fun! Thanks to everyone who came along, to Juan Leal for organising and hosting, to Angela McRobbie for chairing the panel, to Josie Berry, Monique Charles and Juan Lealfor joining the panel, and to the audience for their great contributions to the conversation.

For those who didn't manage to get, the show is open for a couple of weeks. Juan Leal suggested that I offer a tour of the show, so watch this space for more on that. As part of the exhibition Martin Beck will be screening his 13-hour film Last Night, midday to 1am (approx.) on the 9th. The film features the records selected by David Mancuso (always in conversation with the Loft crowd) at the penultimate party at the Prince Street Loft in 1984, so bring a cushion, a balloon, whatever you fancy! On the 10th Martin and I will discuss the making of Last Night and the symbolic importance of 1984 in the history of NYC, beginning at 6pm, I think, so please come along to that if you're free.

David Mancuso's Loft on RBMA

Jeff "Chairman" Mao  has published a momentous oral history of David Mancuso's Loft for Red Bull Music Academy. The history is comprised of interviews with Vince Aletti, John Benitez, Barbie Bertisch, David Felton, Fred Flores Ernesto Green, François Kevorkian, Louis Kee, Hiromi Kiba, Danny Krivit, David Liu, Tina Magennis, Colleen Murphy, Paul Raffaele, Mark Riley, Josie Ritondo, Alex Rosner, Douglas Sherman, Nicky Siano, Will Socolov, Elyse Stefanishin, Yukihiro Suzuki, Luis Vargas and Donna Robbins Weiss--I hope I'm not leaving anyone out. Jeff even spoke with me; I have fond memories of an intense interview conducted on a scorching hot day in NYC in early May last year. It's a huge piece of writing and a valuable addition to the historicisation of the Loft--thank you, Jeff! 

While I'm here, I'd very much like to flag up a crowdfunding campaign organised by Ben Goldfarb on behalf of the wonderful Judy Russell, a longstanding employee at Vinyl Maniac and Downtown 81, a regular at the Paradise Garage and a close friend of many in the scene, including Larry Levan, who fell on hard times after becoming ill. It was wonderful to be able to interview Judy and include some of her memories and insights in Life and Death on the NY Dance Floor. Please donate! 

Lastly, the New York Times has published an obituary of the magical Boyd H. Jarvis, already much missed. The article ends with sister Yvette Jarvis recounting how Boyd made and recorded music until his death. What else was he going to do?