Category Archives: PARIS

Vive La Bataclan

Back in 1989 I worked the door at the Bataclan nightclub in Paris. Every Sunday for Serge Kruger. We all went there. It was a place for everyone and I let anyone in who was looking for a good time. There were a lot of us. Better the Bataclan than any house of worship. And […]

# 17 by Peter Nolan Smith

One wintry December night in 1976 I stumbled home from a derelict bar at the corner of the Bowery and Houston. The icy wind slashed through my thin clothing and I was about to hail a taxi to my SRO tenement on 11th Street, when the thump of a frantic bass emanated from a white […]

Edwige Belmore RIP

Edwige Belmore arrived on the Paris scene in 1978 to become the doorperson at La Palace. Blonde, punky, and lesbian her haughty demeanor put the Parisiennes in their place and served as Jean-Paul Gaultier’s muse in that age of chaos. I met her in 1982 when I worked the door at lE Rex. Her friends; […]


I never met Princess Diana, although a friend of a friend married her brother. Diana would have been at the wedding. I never received an invitation. No great loss, because the Princess of Wales wasn’t my type, however I viewed her death as a blow against the empire of goodness. I arrived in London the […]

A La Porte De Le Balajo

In the mid-80s DJs Albert Grintuch and his partner Serge Duprat took over the Bastille nightclub, Le Balajo. Once a week our crowd of rockers filled the large dancehall, at which I worked the door with Jacques Negrit as security. The barmen and waitresses were the same surly staff as the other nights of the […]