The Disco Handbook by Bruce Pollack
10 June 2008
We are massively thankful to whatever patient soul carefully scanned and uploaded the whole of this amazing book from 1979 about disco music and culture. Even though it might seem a bit kitsch and novelty now, read carefully (it takes a while to load, then you can use the left and right arrows above the book to "turn the pages"). You'll see that the passion for music and clubbing - and even some of the comedy characters described - are not so very far from how nightlife is 30 years later.
The Disco Handbook by Bruce Pollack. A vintage manual to the 1970's dance craze. Essential to any collection of books about disco. Chapter 8 illustrations by Mad Magazine legend Sam Viviano.
Some information from this book:
Deejay: That otherwise silent general at the hub of every disco, who creates the mood by the smooth manipulation of the disco discs.
Mix: 1) The effective change from one disco record or mood to a nother without anyone noticing.
2) The magic particulars of an evening's disco experience, including the tone of the ambiance and the intensity of the beat. What the disco is all about, a new night, a new mix.
Four Basic Disco Dance Rules:
1) Be prepared to sweat. It's only through hard work and repetition that your body will eventually come to accept its new function.
2) Don't take it so seriously. If you think it'll be the end of he world if you don't learn how to dance, the pressure will kill you. It won't be the end of the world. It will only seem that way.
3) Don't take it too lightly, either. If all you want to do is clown around, you'll be undermining your purpose. You want to get out there and take part in the major entertainment form of the eighties. So wipe the grin off your face and concentrate. You can learn to dance.
4) Let the music take you. Forget about how foolish you may look and just move.