Monday, July 07, 2008

Going to a Go-Go

Here's a peek inside "NYC Go-Go," the photographer Slava Mogutin's 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 remaining joints like the Cock, Boysroom, and Mr. Black. "NYC Go-Go" is a wild and raunchy journey into the decaying but utterly decadent underworld of hustlers and go-go boys. Some of them are "rough trade" -- thugs with criminal pasts, busted for prostitution, drugs, or armed assault -- while others are "gay for pay," married with kids and hustling for their families; most are Mogutin’s friends. "NYC Go-Go" captures the spirit of a scene under fire with Mogutin’s trademark raw, in-your-face style.

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