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Reconfiguring the history of Hip Hop through the downtown party scene

Reconfiguring the History of Hip Hop Through the Downtown Party Scene


Professor Tim Lawrence (UEL)

Wednesday 1 March, 2017 16:30 to 18:00

Studio 3 (USS 3.02)

University Stratford Square

1 Salway Road

London, E15 1NF

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In this talk Tim Lawrence will draw on his recently published Life and Death on the New York

Dance Floor, 1980-83, to reconfigure the widely accepted history of hip hop. Drawing on

extensive interview and archival research, the talk will explore the way in which the downtown

art and party scene's emphasis on convergence became the foundation for the culture's

conception and earliest, fully-realised articulations. It will link this reconfigured hip hop to the

broader reimagining of genre and culture in New York during the 1970s and early 1980s, or the

period before neoliberalism asserted its full grip over the city.

Tim Lawrence is the author of Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980-83 (2016) as well as Love

Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture, 1970-79 (2003) and Hold On to Your Dreams:

Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973-92 (2009), all published by Duke University Press. He is a

professor of Cultural Studies at the University of East London, co-director and co-founder of the Centre of

Cultural Studies Research, and a co-founder of Lucky Cloud Sound System,

This event is sponsored by the Centre for Performing Arts Development at UEL

Wednesday, 1 March 2017