Vogue Hommes feature

Vogue Hommes (Paris) has published a 6-page interview with me about Life and Death on the NY Dance Floor.

"Il consacre avec Life and Death on the New York Dancefloor 1980-1983 [...] une somme prodigieusement fouillée, intensément politique, gorgée de détails, de titres de chansons, et d'anecdotes," writes Julien Gester in the intro. "Généreux et maniaque jusqu'à l'excès, le récit de Lawrence se nourrit aussi bien de playlists extensives que de documents d'époque et d'entretiens avec les principaux acteurs--devenus superstars ou restés dans l'ombre--de ce moment incandescent dont notre modernité ne s'est toujours pas remise."

I'm amazed. The only thing that would have amazed me even more is if they'd slipped a copy of the book into the picture of the mean-looking guys on the front cover--no, strike that, if they'd invited me to appear in the shoot.

In other news...

If your German is good and your French not so good, the Austrian magazine Malmoe has published an article about Life and Death on the NY Dance Floor, http://malmoe.org/artikel/tanzen/3263

If English is your preference, Matthew Billy has posted another episode of his Between the Liner Notes radio doc, 19: Discophobia (Disco Part 2). It includes i/vs with Joseph Carvello, Ray Caviano, Jim DeRogatis and me, http://bit.ly/BTLNdisco02

Signature has published a feature titled “10 Weird and Wonderful Biographies on the Music of the 1970s” that includes kind words about Hold On to Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973-92. “As a musician and composer, Russell’s body of work includes everything from boldly experimental compositions to ecstatic dance tracks to heartfelt pop confessionals,” writes Tobias Carroll. “Lawrence’s book is a fantastic look at Russell’s music, and the impact it continues to have on what we listen to today.” http://www.signature-reads.com/…/10-great-biographies-on-t…/

If you haven’t already, please sign the petition “Let NYC Dance: Repeal NYC's Cabaret (No Dancing) Law Now”, https://www.change.org/p/new-york-city-council-repeal-nyc-s…?

Talk at Teacher's Club, Dublin now up on Mixcloud

I was at Teacher's Club in Dublin on the 3rd March playing some records and speaking. I had a great time, thanks to Paul and all. Lovely venue, music, dancing, making new friends, and nobody fell asleep during the talk. Who could ask for more?

You can listen to the talk here.

You can listen to Pablo and Fanto's musicial hosting here

Ssense feature

Alex Needham of the Guardian has published a far-reaching feature about the writing of Life and Death on the NY Dance Floor in Ssense, drawing on an i/v conducted in HER (Haggerston Espresso Room) a month or two ago, https://www.ssense.com/en-gb/feature/the-club-is-a-church.

The intro runs:

"According to legendary house and disco DJ Danny Krivit, in the early 80s around 4,000 licenses were issued for nightclubs in New York City. In 2016, this number had fallen to around 120. The decline of New York club culture is a wearingly familiar refrain, chalked up to gentrification, the club-killing policies of Rudolph Giuliani during his 1994-2001 mayoral tenure, or smartphones replacing dancefloors as the primary focus and obsession of young people’s lives. Yet the New York nightclub isn’t finished yet, and in these times of political despair could be due a renaissance. Tim Lawrence’s new book Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980-1983 reminds us that nightclubs can be generative spaces of art, community, cross-cultural pollination, experimentation, and pockets of resistance to the oppression of the daytime world."

Alex generously concludes:

"Lawrence’s three books are widely renowned to be as accurate a depiction as we’re likely to get of that moment in time. More importantly, they serve as a call to arms to those of us who still believe that nightclubs are important, a place where you can find your people and open your mind to new possibilities."