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Guide to the Larry Levan and Mel Cheren Collection on the Paradise Garage MSS.483

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Levan, Larry
Creator: Cheren, Mel
Title: Larry Levan and Mel Cheren Collection on the Paradise Garage
Dates [inclusive]: circa 1954-2006
Dates [bulk]: 1977-1992
Abstract: The Paradise Garage was a discotheque in New York City from 1977 to 1987, notable in the history of modern dance and house music, as well as LGBT and nightclub cultures. Resident club DJ Larry Levan was known for his mixing, which evolved from disco to the house music sound, and Mel Cheren was a financial backer of the club and CEO of West End Records. This collection contains material accumulated by both Levan and Cheren related to the club and their outside work in the DJ and house music industry in New York. Club materials include images of club-goers and performers, tickets and rule list, event announcements/flyers, clippings, and a neon sign with the club's logo. Levan-related materials includes album press kits, fan mail, clippings, personal photographs, funeral-related, and event invitations. Cheren's West End Record Company press kits with album lists, display panels illustrating the club's history, and his disco book events/related lecture announcements are also included in this collection.
Quantity: 11.25 Linear Feet in 1 manuscript box, one half manuscript box, 8 display boards, and 1 large sign in a case
Language: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: MSS.483