Maaan BBC always delivers when it comes to documentaries, it is truly a case of, “no one can do it better”.
I’ve noticed “Once Upon a Time in New York” a couple of days back on BBC iPlayer (even though it came out last month). It’s interesting to see how these 3 music genres are all interwoven, as they started roughly at the same time…the documentary is about an hour long, so make sure you grab a cup of coffee and a Krispy Kreme before you sit down to watch.
In the 1970s the Big Apple was rotten to the core, yet out of the grime, grit and low rent space emerged new music unlike anything that had gone before. Inspired by the Velvet Underground, a new wave of ‘punk’ rock emerged in lower Manhattan including The New York Dolls, The Ramones and the Patti Smith Group. Meanwhile, downtown loft parties held by gay New Yorkers heralded the birth of disco, which would eventually spawn the ultimate club for the privileged few: Studio 54. The swanky mid-town discos were out of bounds to black New York so in the Bronx DJs such as Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa created their own parties, heralding the birth of hip hop.
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