Tuesday, April 08, 2014

The Hidden Album in FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Happy 67th Birthday, Sir Elton!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Rites I + Rites II
Frank Diaz
Photographed by Robert Mapplethorpe

RITES XXXV | The Saint At Large
The Roseland Ballroom | NYC



The Saint was a gay discotheque in New York City that operated from 1980 to 1990 in New York City's East Village.

It opened in the old premises of the Fillmore East, a 1926-built, former-theater-turned-classic-rock-and-roll venue of the late 1960s and early 1970s, at 105 Second Avenue in New York City's East Village at 6th Street. The Saint was opened by Bruce Mailman and his business partner and his genius architectural designer, Charles Terrell. The original opening date was set for July 30, 1980, but construction delays forced a deferral to September 20, 1980, with Alan Dodd as DJ. The club was a success even before it opened. Membership packs with floor plans were distributed and before the club opened 2,500 memberships had been sold at $150 each for the first 700 members and for $250 for the rest, with a waiting list established. It was financed in large part by Mailman's other gay venture, the nearby hugely successful St. Mark's Baths - a gay mecca at the time. The Saint renovation cost $4,500,000, being $2,000,000 over budget. Money was spent repairing the roof, paying six years of back taxes to the city and fitting out the interior. It opened initially as a private membership gay nightclub (returning the idea of a club to "nightclub"), and set the standard for disco presentation, lighting, sound system, hydraulics and technical support.

However, by the end of its second season, AIDS had begun eating through the fabric of gay life in New York and began to take a heavy and relentless toll on the Saint's membership. Change came quickly. Membership costs were lowered and the season extended into the summer so that the club was open almost all year round. By its seventh season, membership costs had fallen to $50. It also opened weekly for a straight crowd. Furthermore, by 1985, the famous Black Party performers were for the first time required to perform safe sex. By 1987, the performance emphasised masturbation, phone sex and mud wrestling, all a far cry from the club's early days which, on one celebrated occasion, a boa constrictor was used as a prop.

The Saturday night DJs at The Saint were at the top of their careers: Jim Burgess, Roy Thode, Alan Dodd, Robbie Leslie, Mark Thomas, Terry Sherman, Shaun Buchanan, Michael Fierman, Warren Gluck, Wayne Scott, Chuck Parsons, Michael Cavalone, Nao Nakamura and Sharon White all had their time in the booth. The lighting was operated by Richard Tucker, Mark Ackerman, Jorge Villardell, Richard Erskine, Bob Braucci, Tony Devisia and Richard Sabala.

The Saint was also known for the quality of its performers. At showtimes a part of the dome would retract and stars from the pop music and theater worlds would perform. The club became the standard against which all New York clubs were measured - many opened, closed and remodelled in the shadow of this giant. It was renowned for its invitations, design, annual makeovers, and even for its extravagant floral arrangements.

The Saint was, therefore, technically and creatively one of the best dance clubs of its era. The circular dancefloor was topped by a perforated 76-foot diameter by 38-foot-high planetarium dome. In addition to hiding the speakers, the dome served as a spectacular palette for the lighting effects. A circular opening at the top of the dome could be automatically opened and closed to allow a large mirrored disco ball to be lowered into the space. The speaker cabinets were located on, and attached directly to, the outer surface of the dome, creating a very euphonic "surround sound" effect. In the center of the dance floor was a circular light tree constructed on a hydraulic lift. It contained 1,500 lights and as its centerpiece was a rotating, dual Spitz Space System hemisphere star projector, ten times brighter than those used in planetariums. Mailman had initially approached Zeiss regarding the purchase of a star-projection system, but the company refused to sell one, believing its use in a gay club would be an inappropriate use for their system.

Directly underneath the dance floor level was a large lounge with several juice bars. Beer on tap was sometimes served for free to avoid the licensing oversight of the New York State Liquor Authority. Above and outside the dome was what would become the controversial balcony, where patrons could see down to the dance floor, through the scrim of the dome. It was there that men relaxed and, according to the sexual mores of the times, could indulge in sexual activities.

Several times during the year themed parties such as the "Black Party" and the "White Party" attracted celebrities from around the world. These Saint parties are considered by most disco historians to be the precursors to the Circuit Party.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Happy Birthday, my friend. I miss you...


Monday, March 17, 2014

St Patrick

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Now Playing | DRIVE
Ryan Gosling | 2011


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The Black Party | RITES XXXV
The Saint At Large

The End of an Era | Photo Icon Dies
Glenn McDuffie | 86
Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Drive-By Shooting | Turkey Vulture

Korean War Veteran | Mr Amedeo Pilla

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Virgin Yellow Vinyl.
Versus
1973 v 2013

Opening the Vault | The Photo Lab Door | 1980
The Newhouse School | Photography
Class of 1980


Washed out Orange Converse
Been there, already washed mine!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Vault | The 80s
Dayle Brault as Bridesmaid
Joye Zarick | Plymouth Wedding Summer 1986

Portrait with Pre-Op Transexual ©1086
Birds of a Feather | 1986

Journalism 101 | NYC Photography | Music Scene
Did Mercury Know Mapplethorpe?
Did Mapplethorpe Know Mercury?

and ©2014 on the backstory, front-story, fist-fuck story, or any other story you can come up with regarding Freddie Mercury and Robert Mapplethorpe.

It's making me work harder on myself.

But there is a 1974 birthday tea time at 4p.

Mark it, ladies.



Let's get the math right, based on the above for any and all reference.

It appears PET SHOP BOYS were photographed, in 1986,
by Robert Mapplethorpe.

As established in the first, signed, photograph.

Then it appears that PET SHOP BOYS signed a book,
not currently available in the USA,
for the same person,
who also has obtained
Robert Mapplethorpe's autograph.

IS

IT

ME?



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Monday, February 24, 2014

The Silver Fox Chooses Queen + Bowie!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

FATE


This Day in History | 1935
Airplanes cannot fly over White House

SEX


Equivalent


ebay $ayS =

Sharleen's taste in men rivals none,
except birthday boy Alan Rickman!

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Inscription | Last Words of a girl's suidice

To Bernie,

An extremely unique friend.


Love, and the best of everything, 
always and all ways. 

Mary | May 1980


Mary gave me the Warhol: Portraits of the 70s book. 


Invaluable in so many ways.

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Gift | Giver committed suicice

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Interview Magazine | The Olympic Issue
Jan/Feb 19xx
Photos by Bruce Weber
Office Copy at The Starn Twins' Studio

Born this day in 19XX | Matt Dillon
As photographed by Bruce Weber

He has a halo, we really do adore him. T*E*X*A*S
Sharleen Spiteri

All Potential Facebook Banners...| And the winner is ?

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Legal Currency Declared Legal | 1878 Silver Dollar

1932 | 1st patent issued for a tree
James Markham | Peach tree


Go Daddy! | Jeff Gordon

The Vault | High School [1974 – 1978]
Halloween | 1976
Elton John


Halloween

1976

Holy Cross High School
Waterbury CT

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Facebook | Books I've Read [actually!]

The Vault | Facebook
Television | 29

Hostel IV | Greyhound Rescue