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SATURDAY MATINÉE: Disco Demolition Night


It’s the 35th anniversary of the infamous Disco Demolition Night held at Chicago’s Comiskey Park. Witness the footage and the real meaning from Steve Dahl.

On the night of July 12th during the “twi-night doubleheader” between local baseball rivals the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers, former DJ Steve Dahl lead a mass deluge of angry Chicagoans onto the field at Comiskey Park to declare the “death” of disco. The event was initially a publicity stunt but soon took on a life of its own when fans invaded the field after a crate of disco records was blown up. The furore resulted in the White Sox having to forfeit their game. Yesterday, Dahl told his side of the story on Chicago Business claiming those involved were “a bunch of disenfranchised 20-something rockers having some laughs at the expense of older brothers who had the capital and the clothing to hang with the trendy social elite”.

Needless to say, this summary will leave a bitter taste in the mouths of the African American and gay communities thriving at the time. The bottom line is there was an underlying element of homophobia and racism throughout not only the night but the whole campaign that went with it. Steve Dahl may not have initiated it or necessarily seen it due to his privilege of being neither gay or black but plenty of his followers knew what they were doing.

You can stream the ESPN coverage of the night below and make your own conclusions.

(via NBC Chicago)