Negative Effects Of Disco

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Disco: Good or Bad? It is evident that Gilmore and Vincent share different views regarding disco music. Gilmore believed disco was beneficial in a means of empowerment and expression, especially for gays and people of color. While Vincent saw disco in a broader and more objective perspective of labels, artists, non-whites and impact during the decade. Disco was loved and hated across America, those who hated it were most likely fans of Rock n Roll; specifically whites. The opposite goes for those who loved it, blacks and gays. So, was disco overall a good era for America? Unlike disco, Rock n Roll was not an easy genre of music to dance to. The type of audience it drew in were watchers and listeners. And for people who couldn’t stand…show more content…
The demands ended up not being that huge either, as they would ship vast quantities of albums based on ego than demand and recorded them as sales. This backfired as returns were low, “Concern for quality had gone through the floor, as even the most respected pop acts produced disco hits.” (Vincent.212) This was a cocky move by the labels consumed by their greed. It is embarrassing to see a once popular band like the Beatles become a disco remix. Due to disco, it seemed like the significance of race and racial tensions declined. “The “color-blind” music gave the impression of a color-blind society…” (Vincent.205) That was false, as black artists, black radios and the black community suffered overall. Disco was in no ways in the control of blacks once major labels took control. “…stiff criteria for white performers to succeed in black music, but disco changed that.” (Vincent.209) Black artists continued to lose their standing in the music industry. Funk was what was supposed to come from black music and show the values of black community, but the result was disco, which would signify the death of R&B. “The resulting corporate domination over the recruitment of acts, production of the music, promotion, distribution, and ultimately radio airplay and the radio format all served to validate the premise that black music was “taken over” by the corporations.” (Vincent.211) As a result, black radio essentially became
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