Alice Echols


On her book Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture

Cover Interview of March 29, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“The Disco 1970s were, in fact, the combustible years.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Rock once had its enemies, too, but they were reliably conservative.  By contrast, disco managed to offend people across the political spectrum.”

On the second:

“The ear-shattering volume and bass-driven sonics of disco encouraged physical intimacy and sexual straightforwardness. After all, the volume was set so high that patrons had to dispense with the usual formalities and chit-chat.”