"You just heard the drums. It seemed like he kept them going forever."
February 7, 2008 10:38 AM Subscribe
Mixed With Love: The Musical World Of Walter Gibbons
posted by Len (6 comments total)
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: "This tale begins with a skinny white DJ mixing between the breaks of obscure Motown records with the ambidextrous intensity of an octopus on speed. It closes with the same man, sick with Aids and all but blind, fumbling for gospel records as he spins up eternal hope in a fading dusk. In between, Walter Gibbons transformed the art of DJing and marked out the future co-ordinates of remixology."
Like fellow disco oddball Arthur Russell (mentioned previously
on MeFi), Walter Gibbons stood out on his own, his inventive genius – he was the first DJ to bring reel-to-reel mixing into the booth – and his dogged determination often going unsung. I thought about posting this in flapjax at midnite's (excellent) disco thread
the other day, but Gibbons has gone long enough playing support to other artists, and Tim Lawrence's essay – orginallly written for the liner notes of this compilation
– is a beautiful tribute.
Walter Gibbons discography
Walter Gibbons on Youtube:
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