—DJ Pierre to Jonathan Fleming, from What Kind of House Party Is This? (London: MIY Publishing, 1995). P. 206. (via theundergroundismassive)
Grace Jones—Feel Up (Larry Levan Mix)
Part 2 of DJ Tony People’s video taken at Detroit’s Club Heaven in 1991. For the story of Club Heaven look here.
Thanks to DJ Tony Peoples for uploading this video of a night at Club Heaven in Detroit to youtube. Part 1 and 2 are both amazing. Taken in 1991.
Original “rules” from The Sound Factory. #VII is priceless/fabulous.
Submitted by Chris Martin
Dancers at Heaven Photos from: http://epiphany2005.blogspot.com/2005/12/ive-been-to-heaven.html?zx=6e458e001db29f08
It is difficult to find reliable information about Detroit’s legendary nightclub, Heaven. Maybe because it was located in Detroit or maybe because most of its patrons were black and gay. Maybe because people have only recently started to realize how important the club was in the timeline of Detroit’s musical heritage. Still, information about Heaven remains elusive and is inextricable from the biography of the club’s resident DJ Ken Collier. Most of the current musical luminaries of Detroit techno cite Heaven and Ken Collier as early influences on their sound, and the history of Heaven needs to be uncovered and dusted off if we are to figure out what happened between the heyday of motown and the invention of techno.
All photos by Robert Carrithers, who can be found online at http://www.robertcarrithers.com
All photos by Harvey Wang
The late 1970’s and early 1980’s have gone down in counter-cultural history as the time when New York City was at its most challenging, energetic and artistically innovative. The city was broke, rent was cheap and there was plenty of space to create and party for those who were not afraid of tagged up subways, muggers and the used hypodermic needles littering the streets of the Lower East Side. A well-defined narrative names the important artists, musicians and scenesters of the time, as well as the places where they hung out and partied: Max’s Kansas City for the rockers, Studio 54 for the wealthy and famous cocaine people in glittery clothing; The Mudd Club for new wave hipsters and CBGB’s for anti-fashionable downtown punks and students. For some reason, Club 57 is rarely mentioned although it was an important meeting place and venue for much of what made the downtown scene so vibrant during that era. Artists such as Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf and occasionally Jean-Michel Basquiat hung out there, lots of crazy performances that straddled the boundary of art, poetry and music went down. There were wacky activities like Tuesday night monster movie showings, Elvis birthday parties, lady wrestling and reggae mini golf in the basement.
Beginning on October 18, NPR station WNYC will be dedicating it’s Soundcheck showtime to presenting a “week-long series about the rise (and fall) of great nightclubs and concerts halls that helped shape New York City’s cultural life.”
Monday’s show was about Max’s Kansas City. You can tune in or stream the archive on the WNYC site: http://beta.wnyc.org/shows/soundcheck/2010/oct/18/
Amazing footage of the Boccaccio. At 2:10 the mayor of Destelbergen speaks to reporters about the nuisance of the club…which remained open sometimes from Sunday evening all the way until Monday evening. Even after closing, he says, club patrons would continue to hang out in the neighborhood around the club. The mayor calls in the Rijkswacht (National Guard?) and forces the club to close on Monday night. Eventually, the owner of the club, Dirk De Maesschalk, pushes the DJ off the decks to catcalls from the clubbers. A reporter asks him “why did you shut off the music” and he replies “because the neighbors are complaining.”