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About Library of Congress Bibliodiscotheque
The Library of Congress presents “Library of Congress Bibliodiscotheque” (April 12May 6, 2017), an unprecedented exploration of disco culture, music, dance and
fashion represented in the national collections. Disco’s influence on popular music
and dance since the 1970s will be in focus through film screenings, performances,
interviews and a symposium. The diverse lineup of programs features 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 perform
in the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building on May 6th, followed by a late
night disco dance party presented in association with BrightestYoungThings and the
District of Columbia Library Association. Experience the Library of Congress like
never before.

#LCDisco | @librarycongress |
Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 1:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Library of Congress Bibliodiscotheque Symposium
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.
Presented in association with the Library of Congress Music Division and Prints &
Photographs Division, the American Folklife Center Veterans History Project, and
Library of Congress GLOBE, with additional support from the Washington, DC
Chapter of the Recording Academy.
1:00 pm | Interview – The Craft of Making Disco Balls
Yolanda Baker, Disco Ball Maker, Omega National Products
Toni Lehring, Omega National Products

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 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.
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.
Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 7:00 pm – 12:30 am
Gloria Gaynor Live: Disco Dance Party
The Library of Congress opens the doors of the Thomas Jefferson Building for Gloria
Gaynor Live: Disco Dance Party, a celebration of disco culture, music, dance and
fashion, as told by the national collections. Gloria Gaynor and her band kick off the
night with a one-night-only show commemorating the induction of "I Will Survive" into
the Library of Congress National Recording Registry. After the concert, dance the
night away in one of the nation's architectural marvels, explore the Library's unrivaled
collections with a special collections display in the Main Reading Room and special
exhibitions, practice your Silent Disco skills, and celebrate America's national library
in style. Attendees are invited to wear Disco or 1970s attire.

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