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Love is the Message: Music, Dance & Counterculture is a new show from Tim Lawrence and Jeremy Gilbert, both of them authors, academics, DJs and dance party organisers.

Tune in, Turn on and Get Down to in-depth discussion of the sonic, social and political legacies of radical movements from the 1960s to today. Starting with David Mancuso's NYC Loft parties, we’ll explore the countercultural sounds, scenes and ideas of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

”There’s one big party going on all the time. Sometimes we get to tune into it.” The rest of the time there’s Love Is The Message.

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Love is the Message: Music, Dance & Counterculture is a new show from Tim Lawrence and Jeremy Gilbert, both of them authors, academics, DJs and dance party organisers.

Tune in, Turn on and Get Down to in-depth discussion of the sonic, social and political legacies of radical movements from the 1960s to today. Starting with David Mancuso's NYC Loft parties, we’ll explore the countercultural sounds, scenes and ideas of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

”There’s one big party going on all the time. Sometimes we get to tune into it.” The rest of the time there’s Love Is The Message.

    Meeting David

    Meeting David

    This week Tim and Jeremy recount their personal journeys across the dancefloors of the UK and the USA, talk about how they came to work together, and their first time meeting David Mancuso. They recall how - after playing in London for the first time - David would join Tim and Jeremy in eventually hosting four UK Loft parties a year. They discuss the difficulties of finding an appropriate venue and sound system, the effects of hearing David’s selections in the flesh, and why balloons are always better than lazers.

    Jeremy's 3 hour postmodernism lecture, mentioned in the show, can be found here: https://culturepowerpolitics.org/2020/12/20/what-is-or-was-postmodernism-3-hour-version/

    Join us next week when we'll be talking about DJing and the dance floor as forms of cultural practice.

    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

    Become a supporter by visiting our Patreon at patreon.com/lovemessagepod

    Tracklist:
    Patti LaBelle - Spirit’s In It
    Nuyorican Soul ft Jocelyn Brown - It’s Alright, I Feel It
    Larry Spinosa - So Good (Club Experience Mix)
    Aora - Out Of The Rain (Dubaholics Vocal Mix)
    Moloko - Forever More (Francois K Remix)
    Stevie Wonder - As

    The First Loft

    The First Loft

    This week Tim and Jeremy take us back to Valentine's Day 1970 for the very first of what would become a 50 year era of David Mancuso's Loft parties. They consider David's childhood experience of collectivised living while in care; the important antecedents found in the rent party scene and the '60s psychedelic culture of the melting pot city of New York; Tim recounts the origins of David's interest in audiophile sound; and the pair ask whether creating a space of freedom on the dance floor can be seen as a form of molecular politics.

    Join us next week when Tim and Jeremy talk about meeting David, working with him to throw the first UK Loft parties, and forming their own party collective, Lucky Cloud Sound System.

    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

    Become a supporter by visiting our Patreon at patreon.com/lovemessagepod

    Booker T and the MGs - Melting Pot
    Alice Coltrane - Journey In Satchidananda
    Dorothy Morrison - Rain
    War - City, Country, City
    The Equals - Black Skinned Blue Eyed Boys
    Manu Dibango - Soul Makosa

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    Counterculture pt.2

    Counterculture pt.2

    In the second of two episodes on Counterculture, Tim and Jeremy leave the '60s and move through the rest of the 20th Century, identifying the countercultural characteristics of reggae, punk, hip hop, house, techno and drum & bass. They cover the anti-imperial and anti-colonial sentiment of Rastafarianism, the simultaneous emergence of DJing in both Kingston and New York, and discuss the ambivalent political status of Punk. We also dig into the historiography of House and Techno, and consider the idea and potentiality of 'the machine' for the creators of these musics, asking: can the embrace of pleasure alone ever change the world?

    Join us next week as we go back to Valentine’s Day 1970 and the very first Loft party.

    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.

    Become a supporter by visiting our Patreon at patreon.com/lovemessagepod

    Jonny Osborne - Truth and Rights
    Patty Smith - Free Money
    Talking Heads - Remain In Light
    The Clash - (White Man) in Hammersmith Palais
    Marshall Jefferson - Move Your Body
    Rhythim is Rhythim - It Is What It Is
    A Tribe Called Quest - I Left My Wallet In El Segundo
    Roni Size - Brown Paper Bag

    • 49 min
    Counterculture pt.1

    Counterculture pt.1

    In the first of two episodes on Counterculture, Tim and Jeremy focus on the late ’60s and early ’70s – a period of exceptional cultural and political activity in the UK and the USA. They discuss the emergent New Social Movements, how Rock was institutionalised as the sound of the counterculture at the expense of other genres, the limitations of Timothy Leary’s invitation to ‘tune in and drop out’, the under-appreciated importance of Miles Davis and Jazz to the moment, and whether love really is all you need.

    Join us next episode for part 2, where we’ll look at countercultural tendencies in Reggae, Hip Hop, Punk, House and Techno.

    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.

    Become a supporter by visiting our Patreon at patreon.com/lovemessagepod

    Tracklist:
    Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze (live)
    The Youngbloods - Get Together
    The Grateful Dead - Birdsong (live)
    Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
    Gil Scott-Heron - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

    • 54 min
    Welcome

    Welcome

    Love is the Message: Music, Dance & Counterculture is a new show from Tim Lawrence and Jeremy Gilbert, both of them 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.

    Tune in, Turn on and Get Down to in-depth discussion of the sonic, social and political legacies of radical movements past and present, from the 1960s to today. Starting with David Mancuso's NYC Loft parties, we’ll explore the countercultural sounds, scenes and ideas of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

    In this introductory episode, Tim and Jeremy set out some of the major themes and moments the project will encounter, as well as introducing themselves as thinkers, dancers and friends.

    Produced and edited by Matt Huxley.

    Become a supporter by visiting our Patreon at www.patreon.com/LoveMessagePod

    Tracklist:

    The Beatles - All You Need Is Love
    Exuma - Exuma, The Obeah Man
    MFSB - Love is the Message
    Blaze - Brand New Day
    Can - Future Days

    • 59 min
    Love is the Message: Trailer

    Love is the Message: Trailer

    Welcome to Love is the Message: Dance, Music and Counterculture, a new podcast from academics, DJs and soundsystem owners Jeremy Gilbert and Tim Lawrence. Join us for a long and winding journey through David Mancuso's legendary Loft parties in NYC, via the countercultural musical expressions of acid rock, jazz, reggae, hip hop and jungle, and to the early '00s, when Tim and Jeremy started hosting their own parties. Expect political discussion, detailed analysis and deep tunes.

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