Before there was house, there was disco. Studio 54 was the temple of disco. I have been fascinated by this club for a long time. It set a standard for nightclubs, which would never again be met. Without this club there would have been no Hacienda, Roxy, Omen, Space, Fabric, Bar 25 or Berghain. The line that was in front of Studio 54 in ’77-’78 makes the crowds that gather near Ostbahnhof station look tiny. Although very cool and legendary in their own way, all these clubs stand in the shadow of Steve Rubell‘s and Ian Schrager’s magical world at 54th street in Manhattan. The pumping beats, extravagance, theatrics, the buzz, this is where it all started.
I have just found a two hour documentary about the venue, which by the looks of the interviewees was probably made in the 90′s. It paints a detailed picture of this 70′s “Sodom and Gomorrah”, or as one of the Studio guests describes it in the documentary, “Caligula’s party”. The documentary shows how Studio 54 was “the right club, at the right place, at the right time”. If you don’t want to watch the full thing, I recommend part 3. If you do want to watch the full story, start below:
Click here for an earlier post on Michael Jackson in Studio 54.