My Life and the Paradise Garage: Keep on Dancin'
Keep on Dancin' is the story of the rise and fall of the legendary Paradise Garage, the underground disco that was ruled by the greatest DJ of all time and rivaled only by Studio 54 in its soulful and decadent magnificence.
Set against the passionate love affair of two men who would both eventually rate as two of New York City's greatest style and scene makers, the story traces the hypnotic birth of disco, the Garage inspired technical innovations that changed the music industry, the erotic life of gay New York and the devastating rise of AIDS. What started out as a whisper of an idea between lovers - Garage owner Michael Brody and financial backer Mel Cheren - eventually culminated into a dance palace that existed for more than a decade and is still spoken about with reverence.
Keep on Dancin' gives hundreds of private recollections from the people who were there: Tom Moulton, Francois Kevorkian, Grace Jones, Thelma Houston, Frankie Knuckles, Junior Vasquez and others help recreate the moment when love was the message.
Scheduled for release in the spring, Keep on Dancin' promises to usher in a wave of Garage nostalgia. An authorized CD of Larry Levan's Garage classics is also scheduled for release this spring. Ultimately, the author, who has devoted himself to AIDS related philanthropic work, plans to reopen the Garage in its original space in Manhattan, with the profits going to AIDS related charities.