Submitter: I was excited to find this book on our elementary library shelves, thinking it was some cool vintage book about the disco era. It was not. Whereas the fashion & music of the 70’s lives on, this book’s focus is on the disco lifestyle, which probably died around the time this book was published. I especially love the part about people being so committed to the disco scene that they quit their jobs (and might be available for hire to throw a disco party at your house!). I guess that sounds better than saying you got fired because you regularly stay out until dawn at Studio 54 & now you’re looking for a place to hang out while you wait for your coke dealer, right? This book is definitely not Stayin’ Alive… It’s getting weeded.
Holly: This is one of the more interesting Disco covers I’ve seen. The person in the weird costume (what is that a costume of? A lightbulb?) and the cool building with the lit-up pillars and the super high, warehouse-type ceilings – it’s all very…well, disco. A better choice would be a book about the disco culture of the 1970s-80s that treats it as history. (Disco: the Music, the Times, the Era, copyright 2011, by Johnny Morgan looks good.) A bigger problem, to me, is whether this ever belonged in an elementary school library.