Thursday, December 27, 2007

Stiff neck Erin but you'll be glad you stopped anyway

Click here for a great set of vintage Studio 54 photos and other 70s New York nightlife shots by Allan Tannenbaum.

Every single shot is a dazzling commentary, worthy of its own essay. Unfortunately, a stiff neck has left me with limited typing ability, so you'll have to muse on your own.

Do consider these images and marvel at how conservative we Americans have become. I remember when no one hesitated to light a joint in a bar here in Cleveland back in the 80s. Try that now and they'd put you in front of a firing squad.

Goddamn moral majority.

Yeah, yeah.

Thanks to Funtasticus for pointing me to Tannenbaum's wonderful photo essay and thanks to Steve McQueen for turning me onto Funtasticus.

Anyone have a stiff neck remedy? Ouch!

* * * Update * * *

I received an anonymous comment on this topic that I'd like to share:

Interestingly enough, there was a disco called Night Moves at Playhouse Square that was the Studio 54 of Cleveland. My former wife and I would finish our work on a Saturday, change clothes, smoke a joint or few, then head down there to dance until breakfast.

Coke snowed from the private rooms. Sex on the couches in the back. Boys and girls, girls and girls, boys and boys. Cock and pussy for the taking, and everyone took. Anything, everything went. Once in a while they held a Bare-AS-You-Dare evening which was mostly naked and body paint and fast fucking on the floor.

A little slice of heaven in downtown Cleveland never to be recaptured again, I'm afraid.

And I missed it? Damn.


Steve said...

A massage usually helps. But someone has to be around for that. I love the shot of the guy getting paddled. Why? I think I have always wanted to try that myself but never have.

Wandering by said...

Is that the infamous Goat having lunch in the background of this photo??

Anonymous said...

Thank God the Moral Majority also banned that metallic paint. Can you say toxic?

Oh, wait, that was the environmentalists. Blow jobs are more ecologically sound au natural.


ajooja said...

I've been trying to talk my wife into going to a swingers' club for a couple of years, but she doesn't want to do it around here. We'd have to do it while on vacation or something.

Anonymous said...

I guess no one shaved back in those days... Interesting.

Velvet Fog said...

Those beavers are waaaaay out of control!

Anonymous said...

Never went to Studio 54 but used enough cocaine in those days that I learned, contrary to popular opinion, it will give you erectile dysfunction. Viagra plus coke, hmmmm....

Loops O'Fury said...

Is fear of hair a side-effect of conservatism? Holy jungle.

PocketCT said...

Stiff neck? Advil and a massage. Hope it is all better now.