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ABBA & Disco's Influence on European Dance Music [Lecture & Film]
Wed, May 3, 2017, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM EDT
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Lecture: "Disco's Influence on European Dance Music"
James Wintle, Music Division
Music curator James Wintle lectures on the influence of disco on European dance music and hosts a screening of ABBA: The Movie (1977) – 95 min., directed by Lasse Hallström.
Library of Congress Bibliodiscotheque Films
Popular dance music has a historic role in film soundtracks, whether disco, hip hop, or EDM. Take a trip through the Library’s film collections with a wide variety of feature films and documentaries that portray elements of dance culture’s evolution from the Disco era to the present.
ABBA: The Movie (1977) - 95 min.
Directed by Lasse Hallström
This 1977 documentary-styled cult film narrates the Australian tour of Swedish pop group ABBA. Released in conjunction with their 5th studio album, the tour highlights performances from their classic hits such as “Tiger” and “Dancing Queen” while also entertaining the viewer with the madness of touring life.
Part of Library of Congress Bibliodiscotheque, a series of programs that explore the legacy and impact of disco on popular culture since the 1970s. Presented in association with BrightestYoungThings, The Recording Academy, the District of Columbia Library Association, the Embassy of Sweden, European Union Month of Culture, and the Delegation of the European Union to the United States.
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Mary Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor
James Madison Memorial Building
101 Independence Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20540