Written by Arianna Schioldager
"I feel that disco never went away," Vince Aletti told the Village Voice in 2009. This point is perhaps debatable, despite our predilections for nightlife wiggling, but Aletti has been an authoritative voice on the music scene since Rolling Stone published his "Discotheque Rock '72: Paaaaarty." It was the first major article citing disco, and the man is a veritable trove of information, chalk full of stories you wish your parents had. He hung out in the DJ booth with David Mancuso at his infamous loft parties. He heard music before it was pressed onto vinyl. But that was just the 70s.
Photo of Vince Aletti by Andrea Modica
Aletti's spent the latter part of his life harvesting his eye for photography and is the current New Yorker photography critic. So this Thursday March 31st, when Aletti sits down to chat with Britt Salvesen, department head for LACMA's Wallis Annenberg Photography Exhibit to talk about the current state of photography, you know it will be good. Is photography unreliable? Technologically manipulated to death? Over? "More often these days, it feels like it's only just begun", he said at SFMOMA's 2010 conference. Spoken with the fortitude of a man who still believes in disco.
Vince Aletti Thursday, March 31 | 7:00 pm Brown Auditorium | Free, tickets required and available the day of the event.
Black and whites via The Disco Files 19734-78: New York's Underground Week By Week, by Vince Aletti