Disco Demolition by Steve Dahl & Dave Hoekstra

Disco Demolition

By Steve Dahl & Dave Hoekstra

  • Publication Date: 2016-09-05
  • Genre: Baseball
3.5 Score: 3.5 (From 5 Ratings)

Book Summary

"If you were young and shiftless—and viscerally repulsed by Abba—Steve Dahl was a god. And you were drawn to Disco Demolition." —ESPN.com.

In the late 1970s, disco dominated radio airwaves, much to the dismay of rock music fans. To boost attendance at Comiskey Park, the White Sox and Chicago DJ legend Steve Dahl collaborated to host Disco Demolition on July 12, 1979. Admission to the park was ninety-eight cents and a disco record. Records were destroyed on the field between games, declaring absolutely how rock fans felt about disco.

Attendance exceeded fifty thousand, far beyond anyone’s estimations, and when fans stormed the field for the demolition, chaos ensued. Police cleared the field, Comiskey Park was evacuated, and the second game was cancelled—for the first time in MLB history. In collaboration with Steve Dahl, Disco Demolition examines the night that changed America's disco culture forever, featuring a foreword by Bob Odenkirk and over thirty interviews with sports and music icons, including Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick and KC and the Sunshine Band, conducted by journalist Dave Hoekstra. Also featuring a foreword by actor Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad) and photographs by Paul Natkin.

Steve Dahl is an American radio personality and former columnist for the Chicago Tribune.
Dave Hoekstra is a former columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and a longtime radio host for WGN.
Paul Natkin has photographed The Rolling Stones, Keith Richards, Brian Wilson, and many others. He was an official photographer of the Oprah Winfrey Show, and has shot magazine covers for Newsweek, Ebony, Spin, and People.

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Latest Reviews

  • Disco Demolition Night - The Night Disco Died

    By Ed Kollin
    A somewhat discordant but fascinating look at the Chicago scene from all angles before, after and especially during the Summer of '79. As a New York area resident who hated disco (yes here in the birthplace of disco we existed) at the time it was nice to have a look back at Disco Demolition that is not solely about racism and homophobia while not ignoring those issues. It was fascinating to learn about Chicago neighborhoods and radio circa 1979. With the 40th anniversary of Disco Demolition next year and the issues of racism, homophobia, and elitism(the book was written just before the Trump Phenomenon) so prominent today my hope is that this book serves as a building block for other books about not only Disco Demolition but the anti disco backlash in general.