Disco Demolition: The Night Disco Died (Hardcover)
"If you were young and shiftless--and viscerally repulsed by Abba--Steve Dahl was a god. And you were drawn to Disco Demolition." --ESPN.com. In the late 1970s, disco dominated radio airwaves, much to the dismay of rock music fans. To boost attendance at Comiskey Park, the White Sox and Chicago DJ legend Steve Dahl collaborated to host Disco Demolition on July 12, 1979. Admission to the park was ninety-eight cents and a disco record. Records were destroyed on the field between games, declaring absolutely how rock fans felt about disco. Attendance exceeded fifty thousand, far beyond anyone's estimations, and when fans stormed the field for the demolition, chaos ensued. Police cleared the field, Comiskey Park was evacuated, and the second game was cancelled--for the first time in MLB history. In collaboration with Steve Dahl, Disco Demolition examines the night that changed America's disco culture forever, featuring a foreword by Bob Odenkirk and over thirty interviews with sports and music icons, including Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick and KC and the Sunshine Band, conducted by journalist Dave Hoekstra. Also featuring a foreword by actor Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad) and photographs by Paul Natkin.
Steve Dahl is an American radio personality and former columnist for the Chicago Tribune.Dave Hoekstra is a former columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and a longtime radio host for WGN.
Paul Natkin has photographed The Rolling Stones, Keith Richards, Brian Wilson, and many others. He was an official photographer of the Oprah Winfrey Show, and has shot magazine covers for Newsweek, Ebony, Spin, and People.
About the Author
Steve Dahl is an American radio personality, humorist, and podcaster. Born in California, he is the owner of the subscription-based Steve Dahl Network and broadcasts weekday afternoons on WLS-AM. A member of the Radio Hall of Fame, Dahl broadcast from Detroit stations WABX and WWWW before moving to Chicago in 1978 where he worked for WCKG, WDAI, WLUP, WMVP and WLS. He served as a columnist for the Chicago Tribune, has appeared in several films and is considered a pioneer in talk radio influencing many other radio personalities. Dahl resides in the suburbs of Chicago with his wife Janet and is father to three adult sons and has several grandchildren. Dave Hoekstra is a Chicago author-producer. He was a columnist-critic at the Chicago Sun-Times from 1985 through 2014, where he won a 2013 Studs Terkel Community Media Award. He is a weekend radio host at WGN-720AM Chicago. Dave has written books about farm-aid movement, Midwest supper clubs, and minor league baseball. He has contributed pieces to Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Reader, and Playboy Magazine.Paul Natkin learned photography in the trenches, working with his father, the team photographer of the Chicago Bulls in the late 1970s. He shot sports in the Chicago area for five years before he discovered music photography in 1976. He has toured the world with The Rolling Stones, Keith Richards, Brian Wilson and many others. He also served as the official photographer of the Oprah Winfrey Show from 1986-1992. He has photographed magazine covers for Newsweek, Ebony, Spin, and People. See his work online at www.natkin.net.