‘If there’s no place to dance to it, it’s going to die’

Reflecting on the living tradition of Baltimore Club music and the importance of place

Authored by: Michelle L. Stefano , Christopher Clayton , Baronhawk Poitier Williams

The Routledge Companion to Intangible Cultural Heritage

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  December  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138860551
eBook ISBN: 9781315716404
Adobe ISBN: 9781317506898


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Even this interview itself is one of those things that kind of lends itself to the preservation of these art forms…putting this on record: this hasn’t been done before. This conversation hasn’t really been held in this context. We’ve had these conversations, you know, as friends, but we never had a gang of [microphones] [laughter] set in front of us – ‘tell us the story of the music from where you’re from’ – and it’s like, ‘wow’, I haven’t done that yet, but thank you for asking these questions, and thank you for recording this…and hopefully, you know, some more people will be interested in this music and will look it up…and not only just look it up for an entertainment purpose, but look it up for an educational purpose.

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