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

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Collection processed by Stacey Flatt.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on October 06, 2017
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents

This collection contains material accumulated by both Levan and Cheren related to the club, including photographs, slides, and negatives of club-goers dancing and posing, DJ Larry Levan, club financial backer Mel Cheren, and various club performers. Event flyers, tickets, clippings, club rule list, and a neon sign with the iconic club logo are also included in this collection, illustrating the New York City gay club scene during the 1970s and 1980s, and documenting its transition from disco to DJ-driven house music. This collection also contains clippings, fan mail, and personal photographs from the 1950s through the 1990s, related to club DJ Larry Levan, along with announcements for annual tribute events hosted by fans after his 1992 death. Press kits, announcements, and album listings generated by West End Records relate not only to releases of various Levan albums, but also smaller, lesser-known DJs and performers during this time who were active in New York. The collection also includes announcements and clippings regarding the release of Mel Cheren's book, Keep on Dancin’: My Life and the Paradise Garage.


This collection has not been arranged by an archivist. The materials are arranged in the order in which they were received from the donor.