Roberts, Todd. “Landscape!” URB, July 1992.
This is the travelog of the URB staff’s adventures in New York City during the 1992 New Music Seminar. The URB staff described the various parties they have attended as well as shared some of the misadventures they had on their way to and from those parties. They also provided some observations about the differences between the music and club scenes in New York and in Los Angeles. Among their observations, the house music scene is bigger in New York than in Los Angeles, with deep soulful house being the dominant sound. New York techno tends to be harder and less emotive than in Los Angeles. Between their observations of the NYC club scene and of NYC in general, this travelog provides a good snapshot of New York City in the early nineties.
Back issues of URB (unfortunately not a complete run) are available at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City.
Paoletta, Michael. “NYC Dance Party Heats Up the Park.” Billboard, August 28, 1999.
Billboard reviews Body & Soul at Central Park Summerstage held on August 7, 1999.
Rietveld, Hillegonda C. This is Our House: House Music, Cultural Spaces and Technologies. Brookfield, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 1998.
Based on her PhD dissertation, This is Our House is an ethnographic study of how house music has developed and changed from its origins as music for gay African Americans in Chicago to its importation to England and the Netherlands, where the audiences are quite different and the music has changed as a result of the different socio-cultural environment. She also looks at the ways in which DJs and technology has shaped how the music is experienced. Even transporting the music from Chicago to New York has changed it in the sense that New York house tended to be slower, less tracky, and less influenced by Italo disco than its Chicago counterpart.
Reynolds, Simon. “Disco Double Take: New York Parties Like Its 1975.” Village Voice, July 10, 2001. http://www.villagevoice.com/2001-07-10/news/disco-double-take/ (accessed June 10, 2013).
Simon Reynolds examines New York house music parties that are inspired by parties of yesteryear like The Loft and the Paradise Garage including Bang the Party and Body & Soul. Reynolds notes that while this subscene of parties may have been inspired by these legendary parties they lack the musical progressiveness of these older parties. Instead of embracing leftfield musical choices like Liquid Liquid and Nina Hagen, this form of NYC house solidified into a genre called “garage” characterized by soulful, “organic” sounds that are often marked by Latin percussion and a jazzier sound. Reynolds feels that this “retro” New York disco-house tradition has been too conservative by its emphasis on “musicality” and has prevented the New York’s dance music scene from having the musical breakthroughs that other cities with thriving dance music scenes had made in recent years.
Reynolds, Simon. “Spiritualized.” Village Voice, June 1, 1999. http://www.villagevoice.com/1999-06-01/music/wayne-check/ (accessed June 6, 2013).
Simon Reynolds, a British journalist who writes about rave culture, offers his impression of the Body & Soul party during its heyday.
Claussell, Joe, Francois Kevorkian, and Danny Krivit. “The Heart of Body & Soul.” Interview by Tricia Romano. Village Voice, August 29, 2006. http://www.villagevoice.com/2006-08-29/nyc-life/the-heart-of-body-soul/ (accessed June 6, 2013).
Tricia Romano interviews the Body & Soul DJs, Joe Claussell, Francois Kevorkian, and Danny Krivit prior to Body & Soul’s tenth anniversary party at P.S. 1 Warm Up. They talk about the real estate related reasons the party originally ended, the party’s home Club Vinyl was sold, changes in New York City nightlife since the party’s demise, and the reunion parties they throw internationally.
Thomas, Andy. “Gimme Shelter.” Straight No Chaser, September 2007. DJhistory.com. http://www.djhistory.com/features/gimme-shelter-2007-0 (accessed June 4, 2013).
Originally appearing in the final issue of Straight No Chaser, this article is a spotlight on The Shelter. The Shelter originally started as a one-off Paradise Garage reunion party in 1991, it immediately became a weekly party where dancers reigned. “The Maestro” Timmy Regisford provides a mix of house, disco, Afro-beat, and jazz to dancers who are ready to surrender to his mix. Andy Thomas talks to some of the dancers and dance music professionals who make Shelter their home.