In the late 1970s disco music dominated radio airwaves, much to the dismay of rock music fans who viewed it as a threat to their very way of life. To boost attendance at Old Comiskey Park (now U.S. Cellular Field), White Sox owner Bill Veeck and Chicago DJ legend Steve Dahl collaborated to host “Disco Demolition” on July 12, 1979, when the team was scheduled to play a double-header against the Detroit Tigers. Admission to the park was 98 cents and a disco record. The plan was to destroy the records on the field between games, declaring absolutely how rock fans felt about disco. Attendance exceeded 50,000, far beyond anyone’s estimations, and when fans stormed the field for the demolition, chaos ensued. Police cleared the field, Comiskey Park was evacuated, and the second game was cancelled—for the first time in Major League Baseball history.
Disco Demolition: The Night Disco Died features over 30 interviews conducted by journalist Dave Hoekstra with sports and music icons (including Nile Rodgers and Rick Nielsen) as well as Comiskey Park employees and Chicago club and record store owners, a foreword by actor Bob Odenkirk, archival photographs by the legendary Paul Natkin, and an introduction by Steve Dahl, the man who launched it all.
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