Tim Lawrence will outline the trajectory of his research on New York during the 1970s and early 1980s. He will introduce a series of interconnected themes, including the central role played by marginalised communities during this period of the city’s musical history; the reason why New York became such an important source of musical innovation during the 1970s and early 1980s; the relationship between New York’s music scenes and the countercultural movements as well as the city's transition from an industrial to a post-industrial society; and the way in which received wisdom about three of the most important genres to flourish within the city during the 1970s and early 1980s—disco, punk and hip hop/rap—has distorted our understanding of these sounds as well as the city’s history.
Tim Lawrence is the author of Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture, 1970-79, Hold on to Your Dreams: Arthur Russel and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973-92, and Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980-83, all published by Duke University Press. He is a professor of Cultural Studies at the University of East London. He is also a founding member of two audiophile community dance parties, Lucky Cloud Sound System and All Our Friends (where he also DJs).