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May 29, 2021

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Steve L.

Sorry, E. I am not much of a fan. Although I spent a fair amount of time at old Comiskey Park and did not appreciate Disco Demolition Night.

anon

Steve

To the "younger folks" any "baby boomer" was a big fan of disco.

The problem: the baby boom started around 1945 and ended around 1955, and that's a long time.

The music of the 60's, which you clearly relate to and reminisce about (and, given your Berkeley days) is instantly recognized by some of us old enough to remember the difference between disco and the era that preceded it.

Those of us who can remember, even your younger brothers and sisters, years behind you, know that disco was considered anathema.

It is so unfortunate that there is nothing today to compare to any of it: the flowering of the 60s or even the feel of the disco era.

In that era, music meant an open mind: it wasn't cool to mock Sinatra ... the Beatles, for example, paid tribute to all the musical styles that preceded them. Today, what have we?

Ignorance, division, pounding bass and drums and people speaking so fast often to disguise crass, violent messages about doing horrible things to women and others.

Some of us blame the creation of this culture on that first wave of baby boomers. For all their virtue signaling and posturing, what a mess they have made of it. Right?

Ediberto Roman

Sadly, Anon-- have been told 1963--my birth year-- is the last year of the Boomers--as such, I am a Boomer. Other wise, I agree. And as the Bee Gees documentary on HBO highlights, the antagonism to Disco had racial and gender components. For instance, as a Disco baby--with the DA haircut and polyester layers of terrible clothing, I had a rude awakening when I went to high school in Queens, at the time a largely White community, and rock carried the day. Denim and wanna-bee bikers was the look. Only the Latino Kids (largely all-boys Aviation H.S.), were in our area--though we had to be careful--our leather jackets (of odd colors of orange, beige, and even red) would get so hot in the sun. Fun times! :)

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