The twenty fifth and final edition of my ‘Discotheque Archives’ series for DJ Mag is now online, featuring more landmarks in pre-Rave club culture:
ROGER EAGLE – Roger Eagle was one of Britain’s most influential DJs ever. Without this Oxford-born vinyl obsessive, both Manchester and Liverpool’s cultural heritage would be substantially poorer. He was a musical maven who made so much happen in ‘60s Manchester and ‘70s Liverpool; in the midst of crucial moments spanning the eras of the mods, the hippies and the punks.
TAMLA MOTOWN – Few record labels can claim to have influenced British popular culture to the level EMI-launched Tamla Motown did. Providing a catch-all UK identity for a number of Berry Gordy-owned US labels, it propelled R&B and soul into the heart of British consciousness, playing a pivotal part in both the mod and Northern soul movements.
LEGEND – Legend might be described as Manchester’s other club of the ’80s – an influence on The Haçienda, which brought global attention to the city’s club scene later in the decade. It’s futuristic design and state-of-the-art sound and lighting was perfectly suited for the early-‘80s Futurist and Electro-Funk directions, for which it became known.
I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER – Mastering many instruments at a young age, Prince was a revolutionary musician and phenomenal live performer. Over an incredibly prolific career, he sold over 100 million records worldwide, as well as winning eight Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for film title-track ‘Purple Rain’. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 2004.
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