At first glance it appears as if this will be another ho-hum VH1-style Disco doc
what with the cover focusing on the usual suspects like Chic, KC and the
Sunshine Band, Gloria Gaynor... and a picture of a big Disco ball suspended over
a Saturday Night Fever-like lit dance floor. However upon pressing play one will
be greeted to a DVD rich with rare period TV, concert and promotional footage
and a presentation that goes well beyond the norm featuring present day and
archived snippets with many legends involved with Disco like Tom Moulton
(Godfather of the 12 inch record and mix), Giorgio Moroder Producer of Donna
Summer), Nile Rodgers (Chic), Earl Young (Trammps), Eddie Rivera (founder of
I.D.R.C.), Marty Angelo (founder of the Disco Step By Step? TV show), Brian Chin
(respected Disco writer)... It is these people that should be listed on the
cover. Passport would do well to at least mention Tom Moulton's name on the
cover as it adds a great deal of legitimacy to this documentary.
It was refreshing to see that the topic of Disco music was covered from its
roots in Motown, Philly and Funk on through to the early songs considered Disco,
the birth of the 12 inch Disco records as described by Tom Moulton himself, the
role of record pools, the underground music scene in New York, the clubs, the
social implications and more. Disco: Spinning the Story is a nice mix of
nostalgia, technical info and an accurate historical portrayal of life during
the Disco era where the viewer is constantly treated to photos, film clips,
interviews and music from the era.
With so much information to cover its inevitable that some areas were not
covered, such as in-depth info on the DJs. In fact while their role is
acknowledged not one is really mentioned in-depth or really pictured-not even
Larry Levan though the Paradise Garage does get the spotlight in one section.
Some of the editing leaves things a little confusing for example Tom Moulton
speaking about how he came up with the 12 inch format seems to leave out Jose
Rodriguez's role even though Tom clearly mimics Jose's Hispanic accent as he
tells part of the story. Another is the segment with Eddie Rivera discussing the
role of his IDRC record pool, which if one isn't familiar with the history may
leave you scratching your heads.
The gold-mine of music, interviews and insight into the Disco culture from
musicians (both Disco and rock), producers, journalists and even a clip with
adult star Ron Jeremy talking about the Disco clubs he frequented are well worth
the price of admission. Disco: Spinning the Story is sure to captivate you and
be a source of information for those planning term papers and essays on the
history of Disco music or nostalgia freaks wanting to know more about the 70s
era. Suffice to say I was riveted to the screen and enjoyed this program very
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