Gay Day: The Golden Age of the Christopher Street Parade 1974-1983

Gay Day The Golden Age of the Christopher Street Parade With captions by Allen Ginsberg and a preface by William S Burroughs this is the only book to celebrate and chronicle the gay parade in NYC during its heyday An all new collection none of the photos

  • Title: Gay Day: The Golden Age of the Christopher Street Parade 1974-1983
  • Author: Hank O'Neal Hank O'Neal Neil Miller William S. Burroughs
  • ISBN: 9780810955080
  • Page: 369
  • Format: Hardcover
  • With captions by Allen Ginsberg and a preface by William S Burroughs, this is the only book to celebrate and chronicle the gay parade in NYC during its heyday An all new collection none of the photos, captions, or preface has ever been published before Taken during the early days of the gay pride parade, these photos were captioned by Allen Ginsberg and laid aside untilWith captions by Allen Ginsberg and a preface by William S Burroughs, this is the only book to celebrate and chronicle the gay parade in NYC during its heyday An all new collection none of the photos, captions, or preface has ever been published before Taken during the early days of the gay pride parade, these photos were captioned by Allen Ginsberg and laid aside until now This book provides a unique and personal look into the roots of one the city s most vibrant traditions, as well as being an important addition to gay lesbian literature and photo documentation Hank O Neal chronicled the New York City gay pride parade from the informal, spontaneous ritual held soon after the Stonewall Riots up to the orchestrated, glamorous parades of the 80s, before AIDS turned the parade into a political necessity All of O Neal s photographs date from 1974 to 1984, when the parade was held on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village it has since moved to 5th Avenue The photos capture the personality, the community, and the spirit of the gay pride parade in its earliest stages.

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    1. The photo captions by Allen Ginsberg are absolutely awful; did he actually think he was being clever or witty or funny in any way? Some of them make no sense whatsoever, and some of them are just plain bad. But I enjoyed the photos themselves. I love seeing what gay life used to be like in the carefree hedonistic days of the 1970s, before AIDS hit and life changed. I was a teenager in the '70s so I remember many of the clothing styles very well, and even though I wasn't out yet, I still identifi [...]

    2. Loved the images and the afterward, which gives vital history of our movement. Ginsberg's captions are silly, thoughtless, sexist, and sometimes racist. I would love to see this redone without his crazed comments. The concept is wonderful — there was this marvelous decade between the Stonewall Uprising in 1969, and the advent of AIDS in 1981—that encompassed the pride and celebration of the gay revolution. This are the images of that celebration. I loved the description of these images — t [...]

    3. O'Neal's photos were historically interesting, but Allen Ginsberg's handwritten captions were inane. Not a whole lot here for me as a queer woman, I'm afraid.

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