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NYC GO-GO

Slava Mogutin, the notorious Russian dissident-turned-art star and creator of the critically acclaimed Lost Boys (powerHouse Books, 2006), returns with his second monograph, NYC Go-Go, a tribute to the golden age of New York City nightlife. The once glittering club … Read More

By / September 12, 2008

Slava Mogutin, the notorious Russian dissident-turned-art star and creator of the critically acclaimed Lost Boys (powerHouse Books, 2006), returns with his second monograph, NYC Go-Go, a tribute to the golden age of New York City nightlife.

The once glittering club world had all but disappeared by the time
Mogutin arrived in America in the mid-1990s. Under Mayor Rudy
Giuliani’s controversial “Quality of Life” campaign, downtown clubs
paid the ultimate price: owners were branded community pariahs and paid
crippling fines for alleged disruptiveness, while others were
prosecuted for criminal acts; many legendary night spots were wiped off
the map altogether.

In his new book, Mogutin documents the ever-shrinking downtown gay
scene, taking us inside a few remaining joints like the Cock, Boysroom,
and Mr. Black. NYC Go-Go
is a raunchy journey into the underworld inhabited by hustlers, go-go
boys and their admirers. Some of them are “rough trade”—thugs with
criminal pasts, busted for prostitution, drugs or armed assaults—while
others are “gay for pay,” married with kids and hustling for their
families. NYC Go-Go captures the spirit of a scene under fire with Mogutin’s trademark raw, in-your face style.

Available at Powerhouse Books.  

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