First Ladies of Disco: 32 Stars Discuss the Era and Their Singing Careers

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McFarland, Jun 19, 2013 - Music - 268 pages
The female vocalists who pioneered the disco genre in the '70s and early '80s were an extraordinarily talented group who dazzled the world with an exciting blend of elegance, soulful passion and gutsy fire. In this book of original interviews, 32 of these women tell their stories, explaining how they view their music, careers, connection to gay audiences, and their places in dance music history. Interviewed artists include: The Andrea True Connection; Claudja Barry; Pattie Brooks; Miquel Brown; Linda Clifford; Carol Douglas; Yvonne Elliman; Rochelle Fleming (First Choice); Gloria Gaynor; Debbie Jacobs-Rock; Madleen Kane; Evelyn "Champagne" King; Audrey Landers; Suzi Lane; Cynthia Manley (Boys Town Gang); Kelly Marie; Maxine Nightingale; Scherrie Payne; Wardell Piper; The Ritchie Family, 1975-1978: Gwendolyn Wesley, Cassandra Wooten and Cheryl Mason-Dorman; The Ritchie Family, 1978-1982: Theodosia "Dodie" Draher; Barbara Roy (Ecstasy Passion & Pain); Pamala Stanley; Evelyn Thomas; Jeanie Tracy; Anita Ward; Martha Wash; Carol Williams; Jessica Williams and Norma Jean Wright.

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User Review  - Alisonsbooks - LibraryThing

I received this book from LibraryThing as part of the Early Reviewer program. Thanks! I highly recommend this book, it really transports the reader back in time to the Disco era. The oral history ... Read full review

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User Review  - ClifSven - LibraryThing

This is a great encyclopedic-style reference to virtually all the women who contributed to the muscial genre of disco. Full of trivia! I thoroughly enjoyed perusing it. It brought back a great deal of memories of the era! Highly recommended. Read full review


Foreword by Gloria Gaynor
Foreword by Claudja Barry
Behind the Scenes
Dancing in Heaven
The First Ladies of Disco
Afterword by Harry Wayne Casey KC
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James Arena is a New York-based author, host and commentator who has been featured on MSNBC, Fox, SiriusXM and other networks. He is the author of the pop culture books Fright Night on Channel 9, First Ladies of Disco and Legends of Disco and a recipient of a G.E.M.A. Foundation/City of Philadelphia award for preserving dance music history.

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