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Join us for an Author Talk with Noel Hankin

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“AFTER DARK: BIRTH OF THE DISCO DANCE PARTY” CELEBRATES THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE START OF THE DISCO CRAZE

This is a first-hand account of how a group of young men helped ignite the most important cultural happening of the 1970s – the disco boom. Mid-town Buppies, big-time mobsters, fabulous dancing queens, unscrupulous promoters, and vengeful shock jocks all come together in After Dark, a first-hand account of the birth and growth of the disco movement in the early 1970s. A group of college buddies monetized their love of music and dancing by building a network of discotheques that transformed mid-town Manhattan into a party zone. New York City was on the ropes with out of control crime, sanitation, transit, and post office strikes, budget deficits, and white flight. With that as a backdrop, discotheques created a much-needed escape.

Noel Hankin is a founder of The Best of Friends, Inc. (TBOF), a pioneering business enterprise that promoted discotheques in New York City starting in 1971. He is the author of After Dark: Birth of the Disco Dance Party, that reveals how TBOF identified a social need in New York City in 1971 and ignited the most important social and cultural happening of the 1970s – the disco boom. Three of their clubs, Leviticus, Justine’s, and Bogard’s, were among the first black-owned clubs in midtown Manhattan.

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