The Quilt as a tool of Expression, Protest, and Awareness: Music to forget
As I mentioned earlier, in the panel of Eddie Colons there are a variety of strategies that instructs the reader about the culture of HIV/Aids. In the panel, Music takes a big part of its importance and its value for history. At the bottom of the panel, in the letter C, there is a music label which opens the viewer to a new topic of discussion and information of great importance.
At the letter C of the panel, there is a Vinyl Record Label, the label’s name is Garage Records. Garage records was a vinyl that: “was associated with the club Paradise Garage and had the same male logo but with Garage Records as the text. Garage Records was the child of Larry Levan, and it was on this label he had his, and Michael de Benedictus act NYC Peech Boys signed to.” Larry Evan, utilize this album to include different famous artist at the time such as Gwen Guthrie.
As I continued my research and utilized metadata to find more meaningful information I was curious about Larry Levan and I hit right at the target. Larry Evan was a famous Dj who became known by his time in the Paradise Garage in New York. Being considered more than a Dj, “Larry Levan was the first superstar DJ. The first to convince the world that there was more to DJing than just playing one record after another. For ten years from 1977 to 1987, Levan was the star attraction at New York’s legendary Paradise Garage, writing himself into clubbing lore with swashbuckling DJ sets that took in minimal underground disco, funky rock, dub and synth-pop, which foreshadowed the house music revolution.” His success is attributed to its uniqueness and creativity with the cables and therefore is known to have change disco dance forever. He was also known as the Messiah because of the great music he created that made everybody dance.
After knowing all this information, I was aware that there was a significant symbolism around this and that this was a way of exposing how music took a prominent place in the history of Aids. For that reason, I learned that, other than music, Larry Evan was diagnosed with HIV/Aids as well. Furthermore, I learned how he utilizes his music to make people forget about all their problems. As mentioned by Kevin L. Tarver: “Black gay DJs, or disk jockeys, were activists. They were mood-manipulating maestros. Their activism came in the form of masterfully selecting the right tunes to sway the crowd and promote movement. They worked to bring about social justice and unity amid the AIDS pandemic.” With his music, Larry Levans created unity and created a passion for people to strive for happiness and work against the stigma of HIV/Aids as well. With this panel, people from next generations are going to be able to investigate and find all this information and the importance of DJs, their music, and work for this culture.
Having said this, it is almost obligatory that I talk about Paradise Garage. Paradise Garage was the club was Dj Larry Levan played and created his music. The garage, as it was called, is characterized by being pop and for its acceptance of the LGBT and gay community. It was founded in 1977 by Michael Broody and lasted until 1987 when he decided to close it because of the spread of HIV?Aids and how it was affecting the people who attended the club. The club is today well remembered for being a placed where the LGBT community would not feel marginalize but welcomed. It was a place for them to feel free, not judged and accepted. Music in the Garage was a way for them to forget for a movement what was happening in reality and the problems they were facing with society.