It can be hard to understand the significant political power disco represented in the 1970s. A marker of queer black hedonism, it was derided by the Right and parts of the Left as too vacuous, too commercial. Others, such as film theorist Richard Dyer understood the genre as having utopian potential,
What happens in that space of leisure can be profoundly significant – it is there that we may learn about an alternative to work and to society as it is.
The article, Good Times: How disco films captured a society in flux, is available on Tank Magazine.