Announcing Library of Congress Bibliodiscotheque

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Bibliodiscotheque: Array of Events Planned to Celebrate Disco Culture

Today the Library of Congress announced an exciting upcoming series: “Library of Congress Bibliodiscotheque(April 12-May 6, 2017), an unprecedented exploration of disco culture, music, dance and fashion represented in the national collections.

You are welcome to experience the Library of Congress like never before with a diverse lineup of programs featuring appearances by disco icon Gloria Gaynor, whose “I Will Survive” is recognized in the National Recording Registry, fashion guru Tim Gunn, Good Morning America host Robin Roberts, photographer Bill Bernstein, scholars Alice Echols and Martin Scherzinger, and legendary disco ball maker Yolanda Baker.

Gloria Gaynor and her band will perform in the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building on May 6th, followed by a late night disco dance party (featuring DJ Mike Simonetti and DJ Adrian Loving) presented in association with Brightest Young Things, The Recording Academy and the District of Columbia Library Association.

All events are free and open to the public, and tickets are required. Tickets will be released to the public via Eventbrite on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 10:00 am (ET). If an event is listed as sold out, a limited number of patrons will have the opportunity to register for a waitlist (on the ticketing page).

The Library’s programming will include:

Special Events

Saturday, May 6, 2017 – 1:00 pm
Library of Congress Bibliodiscotheque Symposium

Gloria Gaynor | Robin Roberts | Bill Bernstein | Yolanda Baker | Alice Echols | Martin Scherzinger
Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building
Book signing to follow

Saturday, May 6, 2017 – 7:00 pm-12:30 am
Gloria Gaynor Live: Disco Dance Party
Gloria Gaynor & Band | Special Exhibitions | Dance Party | Main Reading Room Open House
Great Hall, Thomas Jefferson Building

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Courtesy of Gloria Gaynor

Talks & Scholarly Programs

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 – 7:00 pm
Tim Gunn on Disco Fashion [Interview]
Tim Gunn, Fashion Consultant & Author | Robert Newlen, Deputy Librarian of Congress
Mumford Room, James Madison Memorial Building
Book signing to follow

Tim Gunn by Scott McDermott

Tim Gunn by Scott McDermott

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 – 7:00 pm
ABBA & Disco’s Influence on European Dance Music [Lecture & Film]
James Wintle, Music Division
Pickford Theater, James Madison Memorial Building
Presented in association with the Embassy of Sweden, European Union Month of Culture, and the Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Thursday, May 4, 2017 – 7:00 pm
Mathematics of African Dance Rhythms [Lecture]
Martin Scherzinger, Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University
Pickford Theater, James Madison Memorial Building

Friday, May 5, 2017 – 12:00 pm
Music & Veterans [Panel Discussion]
Co-presented by the Library of Congress Music Division and the Library of Congress Veterans History Project in the American Folklife Center
Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building

Film Screenings
All film screenings take place in the Pickford Theater, James Madison Memorial Building

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 – 7:00 pm
54
(1998) – 135 min. [NR]

Friday, April 14, 2017 – 6:30 pm
Double Feature
The Secret Disco Revolution
(2012) – 90 min. [NR]
Donna Summer: Live and More…Encore (1999) – 90 min. [NR]

Saturday, April 15, 2017 – 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Queer as Folk [UK] Complete Series Marathon
(1999) – 7 hours [R]
Presented in association with Library of Congress GLOBE

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 – 7:00 pm
Pump Up the Volume (2001) – 135 min. [NR]

Thursday, April 27, 2017 – 7:00 pm
Saturday Night Fever (1977) – 120 min. [R]
40th Anniversary Celebration

Friday, April 28, 2017 – 7:00 pm
You Got Served
(2004) – 95 min. [PG-13]

Saturday, April 29, 2017 – 1:00 pm
Double Feature
Celia: The Queen (2008) – 96 min. [NR]
Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004) – 86 min. [PG-13]
Presented in association with the Library of Congress Hispanic Cultural Society

Friday, May 5, 2017 – 7:00 pm
House Party (1990) – 100 min. [R]

For more information, contact (202) 707-5502 or [email protected].

No one under the age of 17 will be admitted to R-rated films without a parent or guardian.

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4 Comments

  1. Jake Jackson
    March 23, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    I would sincerely like to know why you are showing the British version of Queer As Folk instead of the American one at The Library of Congress, an American institution supported by American tax dollars.. The American version of Queer As Folk celebrated disco every week during its five year run on Showtime. “I Will Survive” was used in the final episode of the series. In fact, the final line of the entire series — referring to a bombing at the fictitious dance club, Babylon, which killed and wounded many people, similarly to the real life atrocity in Orlando — was, “As Miss Gloria Gaynor sang to us, ‘We Will Survive.'” This is very hurtful to everyone who worked on the American series, as well as to millions of American fans.

  2. Nicholas A. Brown
    March 24, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Dear Jake,
    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We are aware of the importance of the American series and hope to program a screening of episodes on a future occasion. As you know, the American series was inspired by the British version and Russell T. Davies is credited as a creator for both versions. The goal is not to replace the American series, but start with the origin of the project and show the evolution and transfer of culture between the UK and the U.S. over time.
    Best wishes,
    The Library of Congress

  3. Jake Jackson
    March 24, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Dear Nicholas A. Brown,
    Thank you for your response, but I wish to correct your information. Russell T Davies did not create the American version of Queer As Folk. If you look at the opening credits on every DVD of every episode of the American version, it clearly states that the American version of Queer As Folk was “Developed for American television by Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman BASED ON THE BRITISH SERIES created by Russell T Davies.” Mr. Davies had no creative participation whatsoever in the American version. In addition, Tony Jonas Productions did not produce the British series. The American version was produced by Cowlip Productions, Temple Street Productions and Tony Jonas Productions for Showtime Networks. As you represent the Library of Congress, it is your responsibility to present to the public the correct information. Therefore, you need to contact The Writers Guild of America West Credits Department, 323-782-4651, as it is the WGA who has the legal authority to determine these credits as they appear on screen. You may also contact Gary S. Levine, President of Programming at Showtime Networks, 310-234-5200 ext. 5266, [email protected] and/or Jackie Ioachim, VP Consumer Public Relations at Showtime, 212-708-1220, [email protected]. Both Mr. Levine and Ms. Ioachim were executives who worked on Queer As Folk during the years it was produced who will verify for you that Mr. Davies had no creative participation in the American version of Queer As Folk. By choosing to screen the British version of Queer As Folk based on your misinformation, The American Library of Congress is denying the American creators of the American version of Queer As Folk, as well as all the Americans who worked on the show, the recognition they deserve. If your wish to show the “transfer and evolution of culture between the UK and the U.S.” then it stands to reason you would show episodes from both series as part of your evening.

  4. jake jackson
    March 24, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Dear Nicholas A. Brown,
    Thank you for your response. However, I wish to correct your information. Russell T Davies did not create the American version of Queer As Folk. If you look at the opening credits as they appear on every DVD of every episode of the American version, it clearly states that the American version of Queer As Folk was “Developed for American television by Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman BASED ON THE BRITISH SERIES created by Russell T Davies.” Mr Davies had no creative participation whatsoever in the American version. In addition, Tony Jonas Productions did not produce the British series, which was produced by Channel Four. The American version was produced by Cowlip Productions, Temple Street Productions and Tony Jonas Productions for Showtime Networks. I am certain you would agree that it is the responsibility of The Library of Congress to present to the public the correct information. Therefore, you need to kindly contact The Writers Guild of America West Credits Department in Los Angeles, California who have the authority to legally determine these credits as they appear in the writers’ contracts and on screen. You may also contact the President of Programming at Showtime Networks in Los Angeles and the Vice President of Public Relations at Showtime in New York, both of whom worked and oversaw the production of the series during the years it was produced, and who will verify for you that Mr. Davies had no creative participation in the American version of Queer As Folk. In fact, he would be the first to tell you that himself, as it was his decision. It is regrettable that in choosing to screen the British version of Queer As Folk based on certain misinformation, the Library of Congress is denying the Americans responsible for the American version of Queer As Folk the recognition they deserve. If you wish to show “the transfer and evolution of culture between the UK and the U.S.” then it stands to reason you would show episodes from both series as part of your evening. It would be most enlightening, as well as entertaining. Thank you.

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