jeudi 5 septembre 2013

First Ladies of Disco: They Worked Hard for the Money

Luv's heyday in the late 1970s coincided with the Disco era. This genre made people come together regardless of age, sexual orientation, origin and social class. Female vocalists played an important part in the history of Disco. Donna Summer (1948-2012) and Gloria Gaynor were the undisputed Queens of this music style. But they were just the tip of the iceberg as many other female singers performed disco classic hits. American author James Arena paid tribute to these "First Ladies of Disco" by publishing a wonderful book telling the stories of 32 women. Among these ladies who discussed their ups and downs are Claudja Barry, Evelyn "Champagne" King, Kelly Marie, Anita Ward, Miquel Brown, Evelyn Thomas, Martha Wash, The Ritchie Family and Linda Clifford. Their worldwide success paved the way for artists like Madonna, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna and Lady Gaga.  Arena's book is well-documented as it includes accurate career facts. It features forewords by Gloria Gaynor and Claudja Barry as well as afterword by Harry Wayne Casey (of KC & The Sunshine Band). Since its publication last June, James Arena and some of the "Divas of Disco" took part in radio and TV interviews, signings and other events to promote this fabulous testimony of a unique period. 

"First Ladies of Disco - 32 Stars Discuss the Era and Their Singing Careers
Written by James Arena
Publisher: Mc Farland

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