Peter Braunstein  

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"Only by killing disco could rock affirm its threatened masculinity and restore the holy dyad of cold brew and undemanding sex partners. Disco bashing became a major preoccupation in 1977. At the moment when Saturday Night Fever and Studio 54 achieved zeitgeist status, rock rediscovered a rage it had been lacking since the '60s, but this time the enemy was a culture with "plastic" and "mindless" (read effeminate) musical tastes. Examined in light of the ensuing political backlash, it's clear that the slogan of this movement--"Disco Sucks!"--was the first cry of the angry white male." --Peter Braunstein, Village Voice, June 1998

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Peter Braunstein (born 1964) is a New York City-based journalist, writer, and playwright who became infamous for committing a October 31 2005 sexual assault, leading police on a multi-state manhunt until his capture and self-injury in Memphis, Tennessee on December 16 2005.

Popular culture history

Braunstein was also an academically trained popular culture historian, who contributed to W magazine, Village Voice, American Heritage[1], writing mostly about the history and culture of popular music.

He contributed to and co-edited Imagine Nation: The American Counterculture of the 1960s & '70s with Michael William Doyle

His 1998 article "The Last Days of Gay Disco"[2] was well-received when it was published in 1998. It came out at the occasion of the release of two films: The Last Days of Disco and 54.

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