Thirty-seven years after Disco Demolition rocked old Comiskey Park and the music world, it’s becoming a museum piece.
Based on the recently published oral and pictorial history Disco Demolition: The Night Disco Died, photographs and artifacts from the infamous event will be displayed at the Elmhurst History Museum, starting in June 2017.
Steve Dahl, Dave Hoekstra and Paul Natkin, the creative team behind the book, announced the exhibit at a book signing Tuesday night in La Grange.
After the exhibit’s initial four-month run in Elmhurst, it “may travel a bit” to other venues, Hoekstra said.
It’s not the first time Elmhurst History Museum has spotlighted Disco Demolition. In 2013 it presented a mini-exhibit, featuring some of Natkin’s photos and a few of Dahl’s artifacts and memorabilia, including the signature army helmet he wore that evening. Then as now, Lance Tawzer served as curator.
Before a crowd of more than 50,000 at old Comiskey Park on July 12, 1979, Dahl, then a 24-year-old morning host at WLUP FM 97.9, exploded a box of disco records between games at a White Sox double-header. Pandemonium ensued when rowdy fans stormed the field, forcing the White Sox to forfeit their second game and making worldwide headlines.
Dahl now hosts afternoons on Cumulus Media news/talk WLS AM 890 and podcasts daily at dahl.com.