MUSIC: HISTORY, SURVEYS & THEORY

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The holy grail of early disco writing, Vince Aletti's mid-70s columns for Record World are finally available again in this new edition of the cult collection, The Disco Files 1973–78. "Vince Aletti is disco’s greatest chronicler, the first writer to cover the emerging scene," The Paris Review writes, while Bookforum calls Aletti, "a first-rate disco first-responder" with "catholic tastes, boundless curiosity and a genial voice." Aletti chronicled disco's "rise from the underground to the top of the charts, introducing Black and Latinx gay culture to the world." —Miss Rosen, AnOther Man.

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The Disco Files 1973–78

New York's Underground, Week by Week

By Vince Aletti. Interview with Fran Lebowitz.

Portrait of Vince Aletti, © Peter Hujar Archive, is reproduced from 'The Disco Files.'

A new edition of the essential chronicle of disco culture

In 1973, Vince Aletti became the first person to write about the emerging disco scene. His engagement with disco nightlife continued throughout the decade as he wrote his weekly column for Record World magazine, which incorporated top ten playlists from DJs across the US (such as Larry Levan, Larry Sanders, Walter Gibbons, Tee Scott and Nicky Siano) alongside Aletti's own writings and interviews.

As disco grew from an underground secret to a billion-dollar industry, Aletti was there to document it, and The Disco Files is his personal memoir of those days, containing everything he wrote on the subject (most of it between 1974 and1978) augmented with photography by Peter Hujar and Toby Old. This book is the definitive and essential chronicle of disco, true from-the-trenches reporting that details, week by week, the evolution of the clubs, the DJs, and above all, the music, through magazine articles, beautiful photographs, hundreds of club charts and thousands of record reviews.

Photocopies of Aletti's Record World columns circulated for years among DJs and music lovers, until they were finally collected in 2009 into the first edition of The Disco Files, an instant classic that quickly sold out. This new edition of The Disco Files brings Aletti's compulsively readable disco writing back into print, adding an interview with Fran Lebowitz originally published in the Village Voice in 1990.

Throughout his career, curator, writer and critic Vince Aletti (born 1945) has been at the forefront of music, culture and the arts. He wrote for Record World and Rolling Stone and covered the club scene in the late 1970s and 1980s for the Village Voice, where he would serve as art editor until 2005. In addition to curating numerous photography exhibitions, Aletti writes about photography for the New Yorker.


Portrait of Vince Aletti, © Peter Hujar Archive, is reproduced from 'The Disco Files.'

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Bookforum

Melissa Anderson

A first-rate disco first-responder, he has catholic tastes, boundless curiosity, and a genial voice.

L'Officiel

Nell Beram

[Aletti's] firsthand account of New York's halcyon days of disco is totally groovy.

AnOther Man Magazine

Sara Rosen

Aletti became the first person to write about the emerging disco scene, chronicling its rise from the underground to the top of the charts, introducing Black and Latinx gay culture to the world. In his weekly column for Record World magazine, Aletti showcased the latest breaking records, top ten playlists from DJs like Larry Levan, Walter Gibbons, and Nicky Siano, scoops and reviews.

Paris Review

Vince Aletti is disco's greatest chronicler, the first writer to cover the emerging scene.

New Yorker

Hua Hsu

Aletti’s book offers a different version of the disco experience, one that is premised not on mythically great nights out but on conversation and careful study of one’s record collection.

The Disco Files 1973–78

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 3/20/2019

Vince Aletti signing 'The Disco Files' in the MoMA PS1 Book Space during Come Together Music Festival and Label Market

Vince Aletti signing 'The Disco Files' in the MoMA PS1 Book Space during Come Together Music Festival and Label Market

Saturday, March 23 from 3–4PM, Artbook in the MoMA PS1 Book Space and D.A.P. Publishing present Vince Aletti signing copies of The Disco Files 1973–78: New York's Underground, Week by Week during the Come Together Music Festival and Label Market at MoMA PS1.
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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/11/2018

Hard to Read presents 'The Disco Files' at Le Bain with Vince Aletti, Matthew Higgs, Danny Krivit and others!

Hard to Read presents 'The Disco Files' at Le Bain with Vince Aletti, Matthew Higgs, Danny Krivit and others!

Sunday, December 16 from 2–10 PM, Hard to Read presents The Disco Files, a celebration of the new edition of Vince Aletti's classic document of the early days of disco music and culture, guest-curated by Prince Language. Join us for a signing and Q&A with Vince Aletti conducted by White Columns Director Matthew Higgs; Morgan Bassichis reading Douglas Crimp; a dance party with legendary DJ Danny Krivit and more!
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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/29/2018

Music lovers, rejoice! An expanded edition of Vince Aletti's "Disco Files" is out now.

Music lovers, rejoice! An expanded edition of Vince Aletti's "Disco Files" is out now.

"Dancing at Infinity" by Toby Old is reproduced from the new, expanded second edition of The Disco Files 1973–78: New York's Underground, Week by Week by Vince Aletti. One of our Staff Favorite Holiday Gift Books of 2018, this 474-page paperback (featuring 400 black-and-white images alongside Aletti's riveting, in-the-trenches columns, writings, interviews and playlists) is nothing short of an historical document that no music lover's bookshelf should be without. Excerpted this week in The Paris Review! continue to blog


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