Gwen Guthrie's "Ain't Nothin' Goin' on But the Rent" Video Is Perfection

by Gary Pini

Glad to see that the Red Bull Music Academy is returning to NYC this spring -- the full schedule is HERE -- and also extra-glad that they've included a free block party on May 11, noon to 6 p.m., in honor of the legendary DJ Larry Levan.  The "block" they've chosen is King Street between Varick and Hudson that once housed the Paradise Garage, where Larry spun weekly during the 80s.  Today's oldie-but-goodie video, Gwen Guthrie's ""Ain't Nothin' Goin' on But the Rent," was a big hit at the Garage in 1986 and Guthrie performed there frequently.  Sadly, both Guthrie and Levan passed away in the 90s.  For a taste of another era, come through on the 11th.  You can bet DJ Francois Kevorkian plays this and/or "Padlock," a track Levan produced for Guthrie in 1983.

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