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.

48th Loft anniversary party at Brilliant Corners

Here's a recording of last night's 48th Loft anniversary party at Brilliant Corners. It was a pleasure to be invited to select music. Love saves the day!


Loft 48th anniversary, Brilliant Corners, 14 February 2018

Alice Coltrane featuring Pharoah Saners, “Journey in Satchidananda”.
Bob Marley, “Exodus (Bill Laswell remix)”
King Sunny Adé and His African Beats, “365 Is My Number/The Message”
Jean Michel Jarre, “Oxygene”
Sun Palace, “Rude Movements”
Manuel Göttsching, “E2-E4”.
Karma, “High Priestess”
Alfredo de la Fé and the Latin Percussion Jazz Ensemble, “My Favourite Things (Live Version)”
Chuck Mangione with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, “Land of Make Believe”
Cat Stevens, “Was Dog a Doughnut”
Fela and the Africa 70, “Shakara”
George Duke, “Brazilian Love Affair”
George Benson, “The World Is a Ghetto”
Brian Auger & the Trinity, “Listen Here”
War, “City, Country, City”
Chas Jankel, “Glad to Know You (Special Disco Mix)”
Trussel, “Love Injection”
Melba Moore, “Standing Right Here”
Linda Clifford, “Runaway Love”
First Choice “Love Thang”
T-Connection, “Do What You Wanna Do (Disco Version)”
Ashford & Simpson, “Stay Free”
Celestial Choir, “Stand on the Word”
Crown Heights Affair, “Say a Prayer for Two”
Lonnie Liston Smith, “Expansions”
Lamont Dozier, “Going Back to My Roots”
Dan Hartman, “Vertigo/Relight My Fire”
Soul Central, “Strings of Life: Danny Krivit’s Extended Edit”
Patti Labelle, “Music Is My Way of Life”

Upcoming talks and events

I’m now back from a hectically thrilling two-week trip to New York (plus Yale and Cornell). For a blow-by-blow account of the trip, which included events at the Museum of Modern Art, Howl, the Loft, 718 Sessions, Better Days at Analog, Superior Elevation Records, Rough Trade, Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, the Graduate Centre/CUNY, NYU and Columbia, please visit my Facebook page.

Events continue in the UK this week with a 3-hour NTS Radio interview plus readings/appearances at Phonica and Love Vinyl. Next week there’s an interview with Gilles Peterson and an afternoon session with Colleen Murphy at Classic Album Sundays (where we’ll be talking about the book and listening to Dinosaur L’s 24>24 Music).

Soon after I’ll be heading up to Liverpool and Manchester, with more events planned in London as well as Germany. For a full list of events please visit the main events page here.