Every now and again a compilation album arrives that commands far more than its fair share of airplay on the Esquire stereo. The first ever album retrospective of one of New York’s most revered of all producers, Bob Blank, is one of those rare albums.
The Blank Generation: Blank Tapes NYC 1975 - 1985 traces the history of Blank Tapes, his independent studio which became one of the city’s most important creative dens in the vibrant arts scene of the mid-70s to mid-80s.
Blank started out in New York in 1973 as a guitarist before producing one of the first 12" disco records in 1975 –To Be With You by Jimmy Sabater. He opened his own Blank Tape studios a year later and quickly became an essential port of call for New York’s diverse artistic community, honing the freeform, anarchic visions of August Darnell, Cristina and Lydia Lunch for ZE Records and helping to shape the sound of many disco classics.
Musique, Inner Life, Instant Funk and Salsoul Orchestra all recorded classics at Blank Tapes, while Arthur Russell also recorded much of his most celebrated disco-related output at the studios under pseudonyms Dinosaur L, Indian Ocean and Felix.
Strut, in collaboration with Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton’s DJ History, celebrate Blank’s time at Blank Tapes with this exclusive and most excellent compilation. We’ve had it on heavy rotation, and suggest you get your hands on a copy too.