Category Archives: RIP


A blizzard struck Manhattan on February 4, 1978. The snowstorm closed the city within the first hours. The streets became impassable for cars soon afterwards, as 100 mph winds buried the sidewalks under 5-foot drifts. My hillbilly girlfriend and I were trapped in our East Village apartment for days. The gas stove’s four burners prevented […]

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; […]

The Whites Of Mayberry

Several years ago Andy Griffith, star of stage and screen, passed away years after Marilyn Monroe with whom he shared the same birthdate. The North Carolina native debuted as a hick comedian from the wrong side of the tracks and Griffith parlayed this success into a film career with critical hits in A FACE IN […]


“Why don’t we do this tomorrow?” I was happy in my SRO room on West 11th Street. “B Last January my good friend Alan Lage passed into eternity after a long life on planet Earth. I was listening to the Youngbloods’ GET TOGETHER and thought back to meeting ‘Jim Rockford’ on Moonlight Beach in the […]

Joy Division USA Tour 1980

32 years ago New Wave rockers across America were excitedly anticipating Joy Division’s May 1980. The Manchester band was scheduled to appear at Hurrah in New York for three nights. None of us were expecting to hear the news of the singer’s suicide on the eve of his departure. Ian Curtis was dead. He had […]