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49th edition Mega Record & CD Fair | April 14 & 15, 2018 | Jaarbeurs Utrecht, the Netherlands

45 years of Disco Fever 1973 - 2018

The exposition 45 years of Disco Fever is curated by Patrick Lejeune and consists mostly items from his own collection. Lejeune who is better known as Discopatrick is collecting since 1978. In collaboration with Patrick Vogt he published two books. The most recent book, Disco - An Encyclopaedic Guide to the Cover Art of Disco Records, was published in 2014 in collaboration with publisher SOULJAZZ in London and is the standard book on this subject. A few years earlier, in 2007 they released the book: The Bootleg Guide to Disco Acetates, Funk, Rap and Disco Medleys.

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    Disco - An Encyclopaedic Guide to the Cover Art of Disco Records

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    DiscoPatrick with book

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    Disco instruction album

Disco arose in New York during the early seventies and conquered the world effortlessly. The musicians that played disco music originally, like Nicky Siano, Walter Gibbons, François Kevorkian, John Morales and Larry Levan, were the first big DJ‘s and pioneers of mixing, remixing and creating edits. The movie Saturday Night Fever and Donna Summer‘s hits (some of them produced by Giorgio Moroder) made disco popular with a broader public. Big record labels quickly noticed how successful disco was, which is why rock artists and bands such as David Bowie, Kiss and even The Rolling Stones released disco records.

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    Nice And Nasty - negatives Fotoshoot-Joel Brodsky

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    Original Downstairs - disco catalog

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    Saturday Night fever - magazine

Even though disco slightly diminished at the start of the 80s, its influence on different music styles has always been enormous. For example, house, one of disco‘s successors, often has very similar drum patterns and the first rap music emerged due to the use of disco records. Currently, disco is popular again - in a lot of recent hits, old disco tracks can be recognised when used as samples.

The exposition has been built up with the use of a timeline that leads you to the origins of disco in 1973, the start of the DJ-culture and the creation of the remix, the birth of the 12-inch and the debut of the synthesizer. In this exposition you can find, among others, the following items:

  • Acetate re-edits from the personal collection of Walter Gibbons, among which the original acetate of It‘s a Better Than Good Time by Gladys Night and The Pips.
  • The original acetate remix collection of François Kevorkian and John Morales.
  • Acetates of, among others, Larry Levan, Patrick Cowley, Rick Gianatos, Robbie Leslie and other DJ‘s.
  • Record Pool promos and unique promos by record labels.
  • Original vintage disco books, such as Disco by Albert Goldman, magazines and flyers.
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    7 inch disco flyer 1975

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    Disco - Albert Goldman

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    Tape - Sunshine Sound

DiscoPatrick is available at the exhibition for information. This all takes place at the catering area in hall 12.

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    I Feel love-First private Acetate pressing

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    Love is the message - walter gibbons acetate remix

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    Commodores - Melting pot 7 inch acetate

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