Disco Demolition: The Night Disco Died
by Dave Hoekstra with Steve Dahl
foreword by Bob Odenkirk
photographs by Paul Natkin
On July 12, 1979, over 70,000 White Sox fans rushed the field at Comiskey Park to destroy disco records in retaliation of the genre’s recent rise to popularity to the detriment of rock music. Featuring over 30 interviews conducted by legendary journalist Dave Hoekstra, with help from Steve Dahl, Disco Demolition examines the night that changed America's disco culture forever.
"Dahl arrived in Chicago in 1978, when most local radio was scripted and geriatric. He was different. He was improvised and irreverent. Dahl was also militantly anti-disco. If you were young and shiftless—and viscerally repulsed by Abba—Steve Dahl was a god. And you were drawn to Disco Demolition."
"Comiskey Park had seen more than its share of oddball promotions... But nothing compared to Disco Demolition Night, staged at Comiskey on this summer Thursday evening. Anyone bringing a disco album to the game—a night double-header between the White Sox and Detroit Tigers—would be admitted for just 98 cents. Between games, radio personality Steve Dahl—then the morning man for rock music station WLUP-FM—would blow up those disco albums with fireworks."
ABOUT DAVE HOEKSTRA:
Dave Hoekstra is a Chicago author-producer. He was a columnist-critic at the Chicago Sun-Times from 1985 through 2014, where he won a 2013 Studs Terkel Community Media Award. He is a weekend radio host at WGN-720AM Chicago. Dave has written books about farm-aid movement, Midwest supper clubs, and minor league baseball. He has contributed pieces to Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Reader, and Playboy magazine.
ABOUT STEVE DAHL:
Steve Dahl is an American radio personality, humorist, and podcaster. Born in California, he is the owner of the subscription-based Steve Dahl Network and broadcasts weekday afternoons on WLS-AM. A member of the Radio Hall of Fame, Dahl broadcast from Detroit stations WABX and WWWW before moving to Chicago in 1978 where he worked for WCKG, WDAI, WLUP, WMVP and WLS. He served as a columnist for the Chicago Tribune, has appeared in several films and is considered a pioneer in talk radio influencing many other radio personalities. Dahl resides in the suburbs of Chicago with his wife Janet and is father to three adult sons and has several grandchildren.
ABOUT PAUL NATKIN:
Paul Natkin learned photography in the trenches, working with his father, the team photographer of the Chicago Bulls in the late 1970s. He shot sports in the Chicago area for five years before he discovered music photography in 1976. He has toured the world with The Rolling Stones, Keith Richards, Brian Wilson and many others. He also served as the official photographer of the Oprah Winfrey Show from 1986-1992. He has photographed magazine covers for Newsweek, Ebony, Spin, and People. See his work online at www.natkin.net.
Publication Date: April 2016