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July 12 News WLUP / Outtakes Comiskey Disco Demo

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Film Identifier: F.2005-08-0149
Run Time
0h 15m 16s
Format
Super-8mm
Color
Color
Sound
Mag Stripe
Date Produced
1979
Abstract
Unused footage from Bill Stamets' film Rock Sox Disco Sux, a short Super 8mm film documenting "Disco Demolition Night," which took place July 12, 1979 at Comiskey Park in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood.

The anti-disco promotion was spearheaded by Chicago White Sox owner Bill Veeck along with shock jock Steve Dahl of 97.9 FM WLUP "The Loop," a Chicago rock station. Attendees were able to attend the games for only 98 cents if they turned in a disco record; between the doubleheader’s games, all the donated records would be blown up in center field. The White Sox were forced to forfeit the second game when the promotion went off the rails, when anti-disco demonstrators rioted on the field and caused significant damage to the park. The riot resulted in at least nine injuries and 39 arrests.

Note: the magnetic soundtrack from this film has not be digitized at this time.
Main Credits
Stamets, Bill (is filmmaker)
Actors, Performers and Participants
Dahl, Steve (is participant)
Shark, Lorelei (is participant)
Meier, Garry (is participant)
Caray, Harry (is participant)
Related Place
Chicago (represents)