Acknowledgments
My​name​appears​on​the​spine​of​this​book,​but​my​primary​
task​ has​ been​ to​ coordinate,​ transcribe,​ and​ organize​ the​
memories​of​Arthur​Russell’s​friends,​family,​and​collabora-
tors.​Many​writers​describe​their​profession​as​a​lonely​one,​
but​the​experience​of​working​on​this​book​has​been​collec-
tive​and​sociable,​and​when​I​sing​Russell’s​line​“I​wanna​see​
all​my​friends​at​once,”​as​I​often​do,​I​think​of​many​of​the​
people​I​have​been​lucky​enough​to​meet​while​researching​
his​biography.
I​was​admitted​into​Russell’s​inner​circle​because​his​inti-
mates​were​open,​generous,​and​trusting,​as​well​as​willing​
to​take​a​gamble​and​confide​in​an​author​who​had​only​one​
book​to​his​name—a​book​about​disco.​Everyone​who​con-
tributed​to​this​book​also​made​the​most​difficult​acknowl-
edgment​of​all:​that​however​precious​their​memories​might​
be,​Russell​was​and​remains​beyond​the​proprietorship​ of​
any​single​person,​and​that​this​book​would​contain​only​part​
of​“their​Arthur.”​Russell​could​be​fearless​and​contentious,​
especially​if​his​activity​seemed​likely​to​lead​to​something​
interesting​or​even​inspire​personal​growth,​and​because​of​
this,​it​proved​to​be​impossible​to​navigate​an​entirely​smooth​
passage​through​the​research​and​writing​process.​I​remain​
grateful​to​those​who​might​have​been​confronted​with​more​
information​than​they​wanted​to​know​at​certain​points,​and​
hope​I’ve​learned​a​few​things​from​the​time​bombs​Russell​
left​ticking​after​he​died.
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