Healthy is bringing Tim Lawrence to Bananamoon for the first in a series of talks. He will be discussing the topics covered in his new book as well as touching on his previous books; Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture, 1970-79 and Hold On to Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973-92.
Continuing his analysis of the New York City party scene, Tim Lawrence focuses on the early 1980s, a largely neglected period that was characterized by its creativity, intensity and integration. He outlines how the period witnessed the discreet sounds of disco, punk, rock, rap and dub-reggae give way to an array of mutant combinations. He also explores how the city’s party venues became multi-sensory hubs that regularly combined DJing, live performance, performance art, art, video, film and immersive happenings. What were the economic and social conditions that gave rise to this era of hybrid activity and how did changing circumstances augur its premature end?
As well as being an author, Tim teaches at the University of East London, conducts research and is a founding member of the Centre for Cultural Studies Research. He is also the co-founder of Lucky Cloud Sound System, which started to put on Loft-style parties with David Mancuso in London back in 2003, just as Love Saves the Day was going into production.
Tim has provided a playlist for the night and will be playing records after the talk. Please arrive around 8pm for an 8.30pm start. The event is free but ticketed as there is limited capacity. We will be asking for donations towards costs on the night.