We are thrilled to announce that on Tuesday 21st February accomplished music author and professor Tim Lawrence will be joining us in Manchester.
Following the release of his recent book - Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980-1983 - Tim will be coming to discuss his work in depth, sign books and take part in a Q&A. As previously done at MoMA in October we will be accompanying this by also screening the film Downtown 81 that features the late great Jean Michel Basquiat. Set in New York in 1981 the film takes a walk through the very time and setting of Tim’s book making it the perfect accompaniment!
As the 1970s gave way to the 80s, New York's party scene entered a ferociously inventive period characterized by creativity, intensity, and hybridity. Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor chronicles this tumultuous time, charting the sonic and social eruptions that took place in the city’s subterranean party venues, as well as breakthrough movements in art, performance, video, and film. Interviewing DJs, party hosts, producers, musicians, artists, and dancers, Tim Lawrence illustrates how the relatively discreet post-disco, post-punk, and hip hop scenes became marked by their level of plurality, interaction, and convergence. He also explains how the shifting urban landscape of New York supported the cultural renaissance before gentrification, Reaganomics, corporate intrusion, and the spread of AIDS brought this gritty and protean time and place in American culture to a troubled denouement.
Tim Lawrence is Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of East London and the author of Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture, 1970–1979 and Hold On to Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973–1992.
His works perform a deep dive into the intrinsics of US dance music history, forming essential reading for fans of the eras, their music, culture and politics.