US Library of Congress to honour disco

Gloria Gaynor performs her hit song I Will Survive for a televised programme on PBS.
Gloria Gaynor performs her hit song I Will Survive for a televised programme on PBS.PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE

WASHINGTON (NYTIMES) - A concert by Gloria Gaynor will be the centrepiece of a Library of Congress tribute to the disco era, arriving in Washington next month.

The tribute series is Library Of Congress Bibliodiscotheque and it will showcase the music, dance and fashion represented in the national collections. Gaynor, whose disco hit I Will Survive was recently added to the National Recording Registry, will perform May 6 in the Jefferson Building's Great Hall. That day, she will also be interviewed by Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts in a symposium.

The series will also include an interview with Tim Gunn of Project Runway on the fashion of disco (May 2); a lecture on African dance rhythms (May 4); and film screenings of Saturday Night Fever (April 27), ABBA: The Movie (May 3) and more.

This will be the first time the library has honored a music genre with this sort of programming, according to Bryonna Head, a public affairs assistant for the Library of Congress. Free tickets will be available starting Thursday; a full schedule is at loc.gov.