Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Can Michael Alig Party On?

Former Gawker writer Rich Juzwiak profiles the onetime king of the Club Kids for 429 Magazine, writing: 
Under Alig’s influence, and whether dressed like babies or in neon and polka dots, the Club Kids pursued fame for fame’s sake, bridging the gap between the Factory and Facebook. Though New York City was their playground, the Club Kids’ reach went nationwide, thanks to appearances on talk shows like Geraldo, The Phil Donahue Show, and The Richard Bey Show. At a time when gay people were represented through suffering (if they were represented at all in the media), the Club Kids radiated queerness. “Soon, every medium-size city in America boasted a club-kid scene based directly on these lifestyle propaganda spots that aired nationally on afternoon TV,” wrote Frank Owen in the 2003 book Clubland: The Fabulous Rise and Murderous Fall of Club Culture.
Read on HERE.

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