New York City Blackout of 1977
Two D.J.’s Recall the Blackout

Disco Wiz and Grandmaster Caz, two D.J.’s in New York City during the early 1970s, give their account of what it was like to be present during the chaotic New York City blackout of 1977. The two describe the day of the blackout, recalling that they were D.J.-ing for a crowd in the city when all of a sudden the blackout hit and everything went dark. They remember immediately hearing crashing windows and seeing “families carrying furniture down the street” as people began looting the shutdown city. The two also attribute the growing population of D.J.’s in the city to the blackout, claiming that expensive D.J.-ing equipment stolen by looters allowed them to more easily enter the profession.

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