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

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Press:Abrams Image Harry N. Abrams; First Edition edition (May 2, 2006)
Publication Date:2006-05-01
Author Name:Allen Ginsberg


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 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 more 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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Comment List (Total:4)

  •     While millions celebrate LGBT Pride on their own cities, it's important to look back and see how the early days of this celebration, stemming from the Stonewall Riots, became an annual tradition and holiday. It's easy to be a bit jaded about the massive scale of some corporatized events taking place these days. But looking at the bold, fierce, festive and beautiful people from the 1970s and early 1980s who led our struggle, what's also fascinating in these many pages of photos and ephemera, is to see the downright normal aspect of ordinary gay people celebrating themselves and demanding equal rights.
  •     not much to say- a bunch of pics from back in the day- the hot pants and hair and moustaches are interesting to view-
  •     The pictures in this book are not good (bad composition, unclear images). I was disappointed, even being afan of Ginsburg who penciled in comments on some of the photos.
  •     Having been a young gay man in New York during the era covered in these photos, I found myself a bit bemused by this book. A large number of the photos are of skinny lads with their shirts off or grimacing drag queens, whereas my own memories are of more varied crowds. The photos themselves are very much alike, and soon begin to blur one into the other. The photographer was not blessed with an artistic or selective eye. Nevertheless, the photos are a historical record, if a partial one.The picture captions, however, are nothing short of awful. Written by the gay poet and Beatnik icon, Allan Ginsberg, they read like the giddy outpourings of a junior high school glue sniffer. The publisher has seen fit to print each caption twice, once in type and once in Ginsberg's handwriting - a dubious bonus. They have no real relation to the pictures, which might have been made more interesting with some focused comment.The cover has been tarted up with art work that suggests Day-Glo flower stickers.

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