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Disco Step-by-Step® - "Disco: A Decade of Saturday Nights" - 2004/05

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Experience Music Project's disco exhibit "Disco: A Decade of Saturday Nights" Disco - the mere word sets off memories of Qiana shirts and Halston dresses, Donna Summer and the Village People, high society and suburban hustle champs. Nostalgia for the 1970s never seems to wane, but disco was more than an innocent craze. It was the soundtrack to the sexual revolution and a hugely influential musical trend that still touches dance floors around the world. With "Disco: A Decade of Saturday Nights", Experience Music Project became the first museum to explore the rich, complex world of disco in a major exhibition. Pulsating with light and sound, EMP's exhibit follows disco from its beginnings in New York club culture to the fad created by Saturday Night Fever, the ensuing backlash, and disco's influential afterlife. The show was rich with artifacts, including the drum kit used by Earl Young, the inventor of the disco beat; the Plexiglas guitar played by Nile Rodgers of Chic; one of Saturday Night Fever's famous white suits; a selection of photographs taken by Andy Warhol at Studio 54; and rare artifacts from legendary nightspots ranging from the Loft to the Paradise Garage. Artists represented include Nile Rodgers of Chic, Donna Summer, Grace Jones, the Bee Gees, Sylvester, A Taste of Honey, and many more. Beyond the dazzling collection of material, Disco features a fully operational dance floor complete with light show; an interactive DJ booth; video arrays flashing multiple vintage images; and dozens and dozens of key songs to be heard at listening stations, kiosks, and on EMP's audio tour. Through film and audio, Disco presented original interviews with the people behind the phenomenon - from the groundbreaking producer Giorgio Moroder to the Queen of the Discos, Gloria Gaynor. With help from a group of expert consultants (Marty Angelo, Nicky Siano, etc.) led by Vince Aletti, the first journalist to write nationally about disco in 1973, EMP's curatorial team created an exhibit that will forever change people's thinking about a musical genre that has been hugely important and hugely misunderstood. The exhibit opened in Seatle Washington and made stops at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan in 2004 and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in New York City in 2005. For more info please see: Marty Angelo worked in the entertainment business from 1965-1980. He became a Christian in 1981 after he was arrested for possession of cocaine. He served 2 1/2 years in prison... earning degrees from four major Bible colleges during that time. He was released in 1984. Since then Angelo has been a full-time Christian minister, working mainly in prisons and drug rehabs for over 28 years Marty Angelo is the author of the books, "Once Life Matters: A New Beginning" (ISBN: 0961895446) and "Vision of New Jerusalem: Now!" (ISBN: 0615562434). Both books are available at - For more information please see: or