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Junior Moves On

Magazine article Out

Junior Moves On

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Does the retirement of Junior Vasquez, the king of the NYC club kids, sound the last call for the big-room disco?

Although nightlife in New York City has been dying a slow, painful death since Rudy Giuliani unleashed his "quality of life" campaign in 1994, the city's gay club circuit seems to have finally kicked the bucket. There are still chic bars and lounges, but those mind-blowing disco cathedrals that Manhattan was so famous for? They don't exist anymore, folks. Just ask the legendary Junior Vasquez.

The undisputed ruler of NYC's after-hours scene throughout the '905, Vasquez has been downsized out of a job in recent years. The last full-blown Saturday-night residency he held was at the club Exit, which closed its doors in 2003. Since then, his gig schedule has shrunk by half, and he has watched as technology has allowed anyone with a CD wallet or iPod to claim the role of "DJ."

"I can't even get vinyl anymore," says Vasquez, now 60. "Mixing records has always been an art form for me. …

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