“Once upon a time there was a disco. When we were still dancing”

Title: “Once Upon a Time There Was a Record. When We Were Still Dancing”

Author: Francesco Vaccari

Publisher: Lir edizioni

Size: 17 x 24 cm

Pages: 208

Edition year: 2022

ISBN: 9 7888885 620797

Cover price: 15 EUR

New in the library Once upon a time there was a disco-2They made us dance, have fun and fall in love. These are the discos that from the sixties to the nineties of the last century in our city and county passed golden years. Discos have been “wonderful and intriguing places” for decades. Then the growing administrative difficulties, changing habits of new generations, bureaucracy and others partially put an end and, in any case, greatly slowed down the activity of large and small discos. The trajectory of these clubs that for decades have made generations of “disco” dances is well stated in this book – testimony by Francesco Vaccari who highlights in the preface: “Clubs, clubs, hangouts and anything else still active in the entertainment sector continues to have a strong appeal.” For the people of the night. But today, the atmosphere and enthusiasm that vigil and cheered up at least two generations of young people no longer exists.” The book traces “historic moments” such as the birth of the first dance clubs, their development in discos and their transformation into entertainment, meeting and fashion spaces that have influenced entire generations. There are many testimonies that Remember the evolution of Piacenza’s music and beyond: from radio broadcasters to diverse forms of entertainment.

he is writing Fabio Bianchi In the introduction to the book, “I highly recommend this book to Francis. He faithfully and passionately reconstructed a story that quickly became collective in a personal sense. His narration allows us to know the history as well as partly the development of the phenomenon of “disco”, which has been so successful in the past decades. In his highly entertaining and entertaining retelling of stories, he makes no cultural ambition, no scientific claim, only vivid memories of his decades-long experience as a disc jockey. It is a comprehensive analysis of society, of the importance of fun and the fun dimension – if you will – to the lives of many of us. On a provincial level – not just in hindsight – the character of Disc Jockey with Francesco gains great depth, primarily musically because of his own sensibility. He has rode trends, but – here’s the point – has been able to master the profound changes that have taken place in recent times, claiming to this day, nearly half a century later, a disc jockey in reviving key moments of otherwise highly routine everyday life.”

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Gigi Maine – In my opinion, belonging to a generation born and spread carelessly between the end of the fifties and the end of the seventies, served much more than just a vaccine to immunize young people and children in those years to extract all the good things that multiply held held. And the music did the best part, and it’s so important, in giving new life to all those hearts enchanted by the Beatles’ magic and to all those who embraced new, energetic music. The quick years in which music composing and playing places were born: clubs. In the early seventies she met Francesco Vaccari, and he became “Big Brothe – or ‘Pard’; a handsome blue-eyed and dark-haired boy, who immediately began to combine soul – with disco and funky music with rock and roll; leaving many memories of being” DJ “in the most famous clubs in northern Italy…

Maurizio Cecina – The volume you are about to read tells the ‘story’ – above all musical, but not only – of Francesco Vaccari, a dear friend and impeccable professional with whom I have worked, since the ‘tumultuous’ years of Club 33, for a long time, with whom she shares as well as a passion Music are important parts of our mutual personal stories. With great pleasure I have participated, with Francesco and my journalist friend Fabio Bianchi, in several meetings that have seen the “Story of Life” take shape in the reassuring pre-dinner atmosphere of the “Rifugio” in Via Vignola civico 33 (Piacenza). “Historical” reconstructions, anecdotes and jokes.


Francesco Vaccari, DJ from Piacenza (Diploma in Electrical Engineering) who this year celebrates 47 years of activity. He has made generations of disco dancers, who have always recognized his ability to create an innovative lineup. Music represents the passion of life: in his house there are about 23 thousand vinyl records. In the years 1975-1976 he collaborated with the newspaper Libertà to write reviews about new recordings and concerts. Then he became the first DJ of the seventh free radio born in Italy: Legendary Radio Piacenza by Gianni Comotti. The episode that radically changed his life was the meeting with him Club 33 With Giovanni Tonini, he established DJs in the clubs of Piacenza; The collaboration began as a partner in the evenings at the club – then located on Shyabuni Street – which was later called Persons. From that moment on, it became a real profession that she continues to practice with enthusiasm even today. He still did not lack the desire to continue studying and remain in the scene: he always worked day and night, but – as in the pages of his first book presentation – he never seemed to feel the weight of fatigue.

– “When you are sad, listen to sad music; when you are cheerful, listen to joyful music. The important thing is not to turn back.” Tell us about your recipe.

It’s a recipe that I’ve personally tried extensively. I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but since music is related to mathematics (actually, bars are divided into 4/4 in most cases),

If the emotional state is directed to the minus sign and you listen to a cheerful musical line, then the result can only be negative (less always versus less). On the other hand, if a melody with more intimate and melancholy lines is suggested, the result can only be positive (less vs less = more). Regardless of the elementary equation, listening in moments of ecstasy to cheerful music positively increases or maintains the mood of the individual, and, conversely, the melancholy fades slowly when the more intimate melody succeeds in dispelling the fog that overwhelms our soul in that period of time.

– Among the advantages you admit you have is the ability to always keep up with new technologies – which I have highlighted – for some, unfortunately, have overshadowed technical skills.

As with all professions (because this is also more ‘technical’), technology is the basis for the development of work. But as in all sectors, there is still the historical basis that allows those who engage in an activity to create their own experience. What no longer happens Now.I also practice with equipment in keeping with the times (once there was only vinyl with turntables and everything needed for an evening performance), taking advantage of this technological development, but sometimes I come back, with more flair, to suggest DJ sets With the help of discs only, 45, 33 and Discomix.And also because the technology used in the two conditions is different, and the second is able to satisfy the one who uses it.Yes, because direct physical contact with the vinyl placed on the turntables (in short, you touch the surface to go from one proposed song to the next), And this process is able to convey a unique emotion.) In contrast to the use of current systems where one interferes to suggest music now only using USB devices or computers and thus works only with the help of different keys and effects. The Packages or the Program itself or a part of it have already been damaged. Thus it works in some kind of run. Undoubtedly, simplicity in the work gains us, but above all we lose the spontaneity and unpredictability in the proposals of strong points of the past.

– The book’s subtitle: When were you still dancing before or in the age of Covid?

The subtitle is put in when the book is now complete but in any case it reflects a trend that has already been around for many years. Unfortunately, the desire to dance, as I explain in the book, has slowly waned. New generations turned to other types of behaviour. Less disco and more social, it removes in my opinion an almost inherited element that belongs to all of us. The transition to following a musical line of any kind has always accompanied the evolution of man, beginning with tribal manifestations, followed by stylistic developments that have accompanied us to this day (see the continuing search for new patterns of expression exploding in streets around the world). I have always had a passion, the few times I could, to throw myself on a track and let myself feel so carried away by the feelings conveyed to me by the suggested music, making me move with joy. I hope the new generation will be able to listen to their body again so that they can be drawn into the liberating passion of dance.

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