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

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McFarland, Jun 19, 2013 - Music - 268 pages
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   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  - 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

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User Review  - IsolaBlue - LibraryThing

The disco ball turns, the strobe lights flash, and there's a rush toward the dance floor. In the mind of the reader, many of disco's best moments will be relived again through James Arena's collection ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword by Gloria Gaynor
1
Foreword by Claudja Barry
3
Preface
7
Behind the Scenes
13
Dancing in Heaven
31
The First Ladies of Disco
39
Afterword by Harry Wayne Casey KC
249
Recommended Listening
251
Index
255
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James Arena, former editor of the pop music magazine The Street, is a New York-based freelance writer.

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