Skip to Main Content

The Newark Experience

Club Music

[Club Music in Newark],
Blue Newark Culture 1993, 93-155.
  • Jardim, Gary. "Preface," pp.93-95.
  • "Club Music as a form is rooted in disco, but it came into its own in the '80s as underground black dance music after disco's commercial was by far the most popular art form in Newark during the 1980s."
  • Hedge, Kevin. "Growing Up with Club Music in Newark," pp.96-111.
  • Mungin, Ace, Kelton Cooper, and Dave Slade. "The Roots of Club Music in Newark," pp. 112-125.
  • Hayes, Shelton. "The Club," pp. 126-134. [LeJoc and Club Zanzibar]
  • Albert Murphy, Newark's Poet of Style," pp.135-141. [Photoessay]
  • Jardim, Gary. "Al Murphy and the Club Music Aesthetic," pp. 143-155. Available?
A Journey Through the House: Photo Memoirs of Club Zanzibar
Vincent Bryant. Createspace, 2014.
Newark's legendary dance club of the 1970s and 80s. Available?
Jersey Club: Race, Place and Black Independent Music-making in Newark, New Jersey
Jasmine A. Henry. (Ph.D. Thesis), Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 2022.
"This dissertation combines oral history and ethnographic methods to critically examine the ongoing legacy of Black urban club music and party cultures through the independent music production, placemaking, and performance practices of contemporary Jersey Club music-makers in Newark, New Jersey...[Includes] a case study of the historic Newark dance venue, Club Zanzibar, the site of an underground drag ballroom scene where a distinct style of house music known as the “Jersey Sound” developed and evolved into Jersey Club music." NOTE: At the request of the author this thesis is not available to view until May 31 2024.
Sanctuary: A History of Queer Club Spaces in Newark
"Sanctuary is a collaboration between the Queer Newark Oral History Project of Rutgers University-Newark, Yendor Productions, and the LGBT community of Newark to explore, document, and exhibit the city’s club scene."
Out in Newark: Queer Club Spaces as Sanctuary
Historical panel discussion, October 15, 2014.

© , Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Rutgers is an equal access/equal opportunity institution. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to direct suggestions, comments, or complaints concerning any accessibility issues with Rutgers websites to or complete the Report Accessibility Barrier / Provide Feedback form.