Motown to Salsoul pt.3: Disco as Post-Fordist Entertainment
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In this week's episode Tim and Jeremy finish their three-part overview of the transition from a Fordist to a Post-Fordist world by examining the period 1973-75. They cover the OPEC oil crisis, rising inflation worldwide, and the breakdown of the Bretton Woods Agreement, all of which served to puncture the post-war mood of endless growth and prosperity.

Tim and Jeremy also discuss the sense of pessimism that set into some music of the time, detail the emergence of the Salsoul label with its new dancefloor-focused sound, and bring some of Antonio Negri's ideas to bear, analyzing the pivotal role of workers and artists in forming a new culture.

Tim Lawrence and Jeremy Gilbert are authors, academics, DJs and audiophile dance party organisers. They’ve been friends and collaborators since 1997, teaching together and running parties since 2003. With clubs closed and half their jobs lost to university cuts, they’re inevitably launching a podcast.

Produced and edited by Matt Huxley.

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