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TAKING BACK THE GROOVE

By Celia Aniskovich

Taking Back the Groove reintroduces the world to Bronx-born ’80s disco superstar Richie Weeks. While his ingenious mixes appealed to a kaleidoscope of glitter and lamé-clad partiers, his songs were never truly his own. Like many Black artists throughout American recording history, his talent was strip mined to enrich white-owned record labels. When disco cooled down, Richie Weeks and many other artists like him faded from view. But now, a new series of previously unheard recordings, from his private trove of 300 vintage tracks, is bringing him fresh recognition. Taking Back the Groove tells the story of how Richie Weeks clawed back the rights to his own music in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement and his ongoing fight to restore his legacy and share his music.

Additional Information

Title

TAKING BACK THE GROOVE

Director

Celia Aniskovich

Country

United States

Year

2023

Category

Mid-length Documentary

Duration

34'

Language

English

Actors

Richie Weeks, Jerome Derradji