I leave my place at around 9 to walk to the cinema to see The Godfather of Disco (trailer) at its UK premiere. As I arrive at the venue I see Mel Cheren head into the theatre. And just by chance I sit right next to him during the screening. The film is loosely based on Mel’s autobiography and features lots of interviews. Apart from Mel’s story, I found the interviews with Junior Vasquez (of all people) and Kevin Hedge of Blaze (he cute) most interesting. Also, it was very sad to see some of speeches that were held during Larry Levan’s funeral service.
After the documentary, I said hi to Mel and the director, Gene Graham. Now, let’s hope they’re getting some good distribution for the movie, that you can see it.
Then I rushed across town to get to the Prince afterparty. As Toffi is coming over next weekend and we’re heading to a Prince concert, I didn’t want to spoil the big arena experience and decided not to go to one of the main shows before. Although, Prince does not perform at every afterparty, I was very optimistic.
So, I get there at a quarter to one. 15 minutes later Prince hits the stage. Dressed in a red suit, red hat with big red feathers on top. His keyboard is set up in the middle of the stage and he starts with two Stevie Wonder cover versions, Superstition and Higher Ground, before moving on to A Love Bizarre. The audience goes crazy. He does back up vocals for Marva King on the Chaka Khan cover of Sweet Thing. Then, The Ballad of Dorothy Parker.
Most of the songs feature saxophone solos by Maceo Parker, of James Brown and Parliament/George Clinton fame.
The whole atmosphere on stage is quite relaxed. At one point Prince sings:
“Learn to work the toilet seat – If it’s up – Put it down” (from the new song, The Rules)
And gets the audience to repeat the lines.
A couple of classic covers follow, like Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin). Prince and the band leave the stage at 2:30 am.
Just one more thing, when he first got on stage, I thought he had scarfed his face just like in the old days. That would have been the icing on the cake.
Watch this site as it turns into a Prince fan page.
The Godfather of Disco is a new documentary about Mel Cheren, his contribution to the New York disco scene in the 70s and 80s, his role in the fight against Aids, the Paradise Garage, West End Records, Larry Levan, and, and and.
Watch the trailer.
New York Moments
Reality or Concept?
I am not especially keen on flying but my flight from New York to Toronto was wonderful. Clear and sunny views of Manhattan, the Niagara Falls and Toronto included. I love flying.
Sunday evening we went to Danny Krivit’s birthday party at Pacha. When we left the club a cab stopped conveniently right in front of us. We got in on one side and a man left the car on the other side. As I was the last one to get in the cab, he passed my way. I only noticed him, when he climbed the stairs to Pacha. It was Mel Cheren, whose (very schwül) autobiography I am currently reading, sporting a black bomber jacket with the Paradise Garage logo embroidered on the back.
I was quite tired and not fast enough to talk to him about the book or that I would like to do an interview. Before I got my mind together he vanished into the club.
So, I spent the remaining hours of my New York trip stalking Mariah and Yoko.
I guess everyone who reads this site has seen Mariah’s MTV Cribs episode (be sure to watch the bonus footage) as I have mentioned it in 1543 posts. Now see the building where she has a tri-level penthouse from the outside. Its in Tribeca and many thanks to my well informed friend.
Here are pictures of the Dakota building, where Yoko still has an apartment, and the Strawberry Fields Memorial.
MTV should get her to do a Crib’s episode. This would be so fabulous! I am wondering if she still has John’s glasses, which he was wearing when he was murdered, lying at the windowsill.
Season of Glass.
Das Buch bekam ich letztes Jahr geschenkt und habe jetzt endlich die zweite Hälfte gelesen: Love Saves The Day (a history of american dance music culture, 1970-1979).
Es werden alle Fragen beantwortet:
Wann wurde welcher Club eröffnet und wann wieder geschlossen?
Wie waren die Eröffnungspartys?
Wie war die Stimmung und das Publikum in dem Club?
Welcher DJ spielte wann in welchem Club?
Welche Songs wurden von den jeweiligen DJs gespielt?
Was waren die größten Hits im jeweiligen Club?
Wer hat wen durch wen kennen gelernt?
Wer war mit wem zusammen?
Und natürlich geht es auch um die Paradise Garage, von der ich das Logo so toll finde.
Tim Lawrence, der Autor von Love Saves The Day, schreibt zur Zeit eine Fortsetzung über die Jahre 1980-92 und eine Biographie über Arthur Russell. Super.
Bis zur Veröffentlichung könnte ich noch My Life and The Paradise Garage: Keep On Dancin’ von Mel Cheren lesen. Mel gründete West End Records und war 10 Jahre der Partner von Michael Brody, dem Betreiber der Paradise Garage.