History Downtown Lowdown

History Downtown Lowdown
There are eight million ways to break down New York’s downtown music scene during the ‘70s and ‘80s. With interest still riding high with well-received comps such as Disco Not Disco (Strut) and Soul Jazz’s just-released book New York Noise, along comes a website offering a directory of the era. Although not much to look at, Peter Cherches’ "Downtown Music, 1971-1987: An Overview and Resource Guide” summarises the city’s artistic cross-pollination. Cherches focuses more on jazz, no wave and new music than punk-funk, but the site fulfils its purpose as an overview of all styles. Its strength is as a glossary: five of its ten pages are packed with links to further web, book, film and music resources.