A friend says video game sales figures
demonstrate that video games have replaced music
in American pop culture, and that music is dead.

Submitted for your approval: Disco music
Sure, it ’sucked’ but the future of music
is based on the past.

(paraphrased NYT letter)
The idea that disco music
is easy to sneer at is belied
by the immense influence disco
continues to have on our culture.
The group Chic also happens
to have created the musical template
on which much of hip hop
and modern R & B is based.

Give a listen to the cellist Arthur Russell’s
studio improvisations and innovative
editing techniques, which resulted
in dance floor classics like
‘Is It All Over My Face’
while also exemplifying
the ‘mash-ups’ now ubiquitous
in contemporary culture.


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