Disco & Seymour Stein

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For decades, people have maligned disco music. This week, Jim and Greg take an in-depth look at the genre from its origins in marginalized communities to its height of popularity. They’ll also explore groundbreaking artists like Sylvester, the Bee Gees and more. Also, Greg talks to Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein about signing acts like the Ramones and Madonna.

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Seymour Stein

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Seymour Stein is a living legend in the music industry: Breaking into the record business when he was only a teenager, Stein co-founded his own label, Sire Records, in 1966. Sire went on to sign superstars like Madonna and bring musical movements like new wave and West Coast hip-hop to a wider audience. Earlier this summer, Stein announced his departure from Sire and Warner Bros. and released a tell-all memoir. Greg revisits his 2015 conversation with Stein in front of a live audience at the Hard Rock Hotel in Chicago, under the auspices of the Lake FX Summit + Expo.

Disco

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Boasting one-of-a-kind artists like the gender-bending Sylvester to the expansively creative Donna Summer, disco is sorely underrated. At least, that’s what Jim and Greg argue in their retrospective of the genre. Disco did more than give us catchy, dance-ready tunes: it championed marginalized voices, especially those in the Black and LGBTQ communities. Jim and Greg outline major moments for the genre, from its R&B roots, to the infamous Disco Demolition night in Chicago, to its influence on genres to come.

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