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 More…had all but disappeared by the time Mogutin arrived in America in the mid-1990s. Under Mayor Rudy Giulianiâs 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 tradeâthugs with criminal pasts, busted for prostitution, drugs, or armed assaultâwhile others are gay for pay, married with kids and hustling for their families; most are Mogutinâs friends. NYC Go-Go captures the spirit of a scene under fire with Mogutinâs trademark raw, in-your-face style.
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