13 07, 2019

Yvonne Turner Helped Invent House Music—So Why Does No One Know Her Name?

By |2019-07-13T13:53:23+00:00July 13th, 2019|Classics, Clubs - Nightlife, Disco, DJ, Documentary, Entertaiment, House, House Music, Interviews, Music, New York|0 Comments

Yvonne Turner back in the day. Graphic by Drew Litowitz.   Nineteen eighty-four is often remembered as one of pop’s most seismic years, thanks in large part to Prince and Madonna. But it was also the year that gave us house music. Jesse Saunders’ “On and On” is widely considered to be the first house [...]

13 07, 2019

‘Let’s blow up this black music!’: The ugliness and unrest of 1979’s Disco Demolition Night

By |2019-07-13T13:48:40+00:00July 13th, 2019|Chicago, Classics, Disco, Entertaiment, Interviews, mistakes, producer|0 Comments

https://www.facebook.com/boilerroom.tv/videos/223659578458779/?t=0  Forty years ago, on July 12, 1979, what was supposed to be a wacky promotional stunt by shock-rock DJ Steve Dahl to sell tickets to a double-header White Sox baseball game at Chicago’s Comiskey Park turned ugly — when piles of vinyl records, many by artists of color, were destroyed as thousands of anti-disco [...]

13 07, 2019

Gino Soccio was the one-man-band behind countless disco gems—until he vanished

By |2019-07-13T13:34:44+00:00July 13th, 2019|Classics, Clubs - Nightlife, Disco, DJ, Music, producer|0 Comments

At the board, 1981. Photo courtesy of Gino Soccio.   About a month before thousands chanted “Disco sucks!” at Chicago’s Comiskey Park, Gino Soccio was ensconced in his Montreal studio, sipping coffee with cognac and laying down tracks for his second LP. Leaning against a twenty-four-channel mixing desk, Soccio spoke like a disco evangelist during [...]

15 06, 2019

GRANDMASTER FLASH BECOMES FIRST DJ TO WIN “NOBEL PRIZE FOR MUSIC”

By |2019-06-15T15:14:05+00:00June 15th, 2019|Announcements, Classics, Entertaiment, International, Music News|0 Comments

Grandmaster Flash has become the first DJ to win the Polar Music Prize, often dubbed the "Nobel Prize For Music". The prize was founded by Stig Anderson, better known as ABBA's lyricist and manager, in 1989. Previous winners include Led Zeppelin, BB King, Metallica, and Paul McCartney. Flash, real name Joseph Saddler, accepted the prize [...]

22 05, 2019

Plugging Into Chicago’s Forgotten House Venues

By |2019-05-24T00:54:27+00:00May 22nd, 2019|Announcements, Chicago, Classics, Clubs - Nightlife, DJ, Entertaiment, House, House Music, International, Internet, Interviews, Music News, producer|0 Comments

For decades, house music has shaped pop worldwide—but many of the spaces that birthed it here disappeared so quickly they barely left a trace. By Leor Galil @imLeor “It was a time when people didn’t put as much emphasis on the DJs or the performer per se, and really danced and enjoyed themselves.” —DJ and producer [...]

11 05, 2019

Owner of D.C.’s famed nightclub Tracks dies at 76

By |2019-05-17T03:03:27+00:00May 11th, 2019|Announcements, Classics, Clubs - Nightlife, Gay|0 Comments

Marty Chernoff opened Tracks D.C. in 1984. The club is still regarded by many as the city’s greatest nightclub ever. (Washington Blade file photo by Tyler Grigsby) Martin “Marty” Chernoff, a Denver-based businessman who is credited with employing state-of-the-art technology in video, lighting, and sound systems for the gay nightclubs called Tracks that he opened [...]

29 01, 2019

515’ Classic’s 2019 We Are Continuing to Turning it up On Friday Nights

By |2019-02-05T02:46:37+00:00January 29th, 2019|Announcements, Classics, DJ, House, Music, My House Radio, New York|0 Comments

WILLIE WALL·TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2019 Happy to Announce 2018 had some good times 2019 about to have some Awesome times Our family have Grown larger.......With some of the best DJs around the world Such as Kenneth Warren Jr / Lenny Fontana / Don UN /Ozkar Fuller /Phil Sales UK / Romain Gowe / John [...]

17 01, 2019

Panasonic Returns the Technics 1200 Turntable

By |2019-02-05T03:06:10+00:00January 17th, 2019|Announcements, Classics, DJ, DJ Equipment Tools Software, Djtechtools, Internet, Interviews, Music News|0 Comments

Photo: Andrew Liszewski (Gizmodo) At CES 2016, Panasonic revived the Technics 1200 turntable line which had last been updated with the MK6 back in 2008. The pricey Grand Class Technics SL-1200G was targeted at audiophiles, however, while the 1200’s biggest fanbase had been mostly DJs who loved its high-torque, direct-drive platter. Two years later, Panasonic announced the Technics [...]

17 01, 2019

Hedonistic Mecca Studio 54

By |2019-02-05T03:13:48+00:00January 17th, 2019|Classics, Clubs - Nightlife, Documentary, Entertaiment, Interviews, New York|0 Comments

There were few obvious reasons to celebrate in the New York City of the 1970s, an era defined more by grime and crime than glitz or glamour in the crowded hub. Every day seemed to bring new challenges as the city's anxious residents slogged away; the Bronx was burning, violence was escalating, and everyone from cops [...]

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