Library of Congress Bibliodiscotheque, Library of Congress Concert Series

MAY 6, 2017, 1:00 - 5:45 PM

ABBA: Movie poster

Coolidge Auditorium

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Explore the history of disco music, dance and culture in this afternoon symposium that features appearances by Gloria Gaynor, Good Morning America host Robin Roberts, distinguished music scholars Martin Scherzinger and Alice Echols, photographer Bill Bernstein, and Yolanda Baker, the only disco ball maker in the United States. A book-signing will follow the program.

The symposium will be livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook:

Presented in association with Brightest Young Things, The Recording Academy, the District of Columbia Library Association, Capital Pride, the Library of Congress Music Division and Prints & Photographs Division, the Library of Congress Veterans History Project in the American Folklife Center, and Library of Congress GLOBE.


1:00 pm  |  Interview – The Craft of Making Disco Balls

Martin ScherzingerMartin Scherzinger
Courtesy of Martin Scherzinger

Yolanda Baker, Disco Ball Maker, Omega National Products
Toni Lehring, Omega National Products
Rhona Wolfe Friedman, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

1:30 pm  |  Lecture – Two Perspectives on Beyoncé’s African Dance References

Martin Scherzinger, Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University

2:00 pm  |  Lecture – Disco: The Bill Bernstein Photographs

Bill Bernstein, Photographer

2:30 pm  |  Lecture – Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture

Alice EcholsAlice Echols
Courtesy of Alice Echols

Alice Echols, Barbra Streisand Professor of Contemporary Gender Studies and Professor of History and Gender Studies, University of Southern California

3:00 pm  |  Panel Discussion, Q&A

Bill Bernstein, Alice Echols, Martin Scherzinger

4:00 pm  |  Interview - Gloria Gaynor on “I Will Survive”

Gloria Gaynor, Vocalist
Robin Roberts, ABC/Good Morning America (Interviewer)

An inspirational keynote interview with Gloria Gaynor. "We Will Survive" is Gloria Gaynor's new book of 40 individual "true stories of encouragement, inspiration, and the power of song.” "I Will Survive" was recently inducted into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry, for its enduring cultural, historical, and aesthetic significance.

DISCO Book Cover

5:00 pm  |  Book-signing (Whittall Pavilion)

Copies of books by Gloria Gaynor, Robin Roberts, Bill Bernstein and Alice Echols will be available for purchase at the Library of Congress Gift Shop (Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building) beginning at 9:00am on Saturday, May 6. The authors will sign copies for event attendees.

Book-signing (Whittall Pavilion) with Gloria Gaynor, Bill Bernstein, Alice Echols (5:00-5:45 pm)

Part of Bibliodiscotheque, a series of programs that explores the legacy and impact of disco on popular culture since the 1970s.

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