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Disco was popular dance from the mid 1970s to the mid 1980s and contained elements of many dances including funk, pop, and soul. Disco is a abbreviation of the French “discothèque” referring to the French practice of naming clubs in Paris as “library of phonograph records” as they were not allowed to hire live musicians. The “librarians” would play recordings instead. The disco’s original audience in the United States were people from the gay, African American, Italian American, Latino and gay population of Philadelphia and New York City.

The rise and fall of disco’s popularity has been extensively chronicaled.


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