On This Day, September 14

Saturday Night Fever  had its world premiere at Mann’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles on December 14, 1977.  Whatever its other cinematic merits, most agree that it was the pulsing disco soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever that made the film a work of lasting historical significance. From its iconic opening sequence featuring John Travolta strutting down a Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, sidewalk to the tune of the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive,” to its unforgettable dance numbers set in the fictional 2001 Odyssey discotheque, the music complemented the action in Saturday Night Fever as perfectly as if it were written for the movie, even though most of it wasn’t. The film  propelled 23-year-old John Travolta to stardom, and associated the Bee Gees with disco music. Disco at the library, on hoopla, and in Freegal.




Shirley Hardie Jackson, American author best remembered for “The Lottery” and “The Haunting of Hill House”, was born in San Francisco on December 14, 1916. She influenced Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Nigel Kneale, and Richard Matheson. Find Shirley Jackson at the library, on hoopla, and on OverDrive.


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