INDEX
abba, 121, 229, 347
Abbatiello, Sal, 83, 181, 237, 378–80, 379, 406, 467
Abramowitz, Ira, 142–43, 247, 343
Abrams, Leonard: and Afrika Bambaataa, 292;
and Danceteria, 348; and decline of the
downtown scene, 468; and downtown poli-
tics, 131, 477; and East Village Eye, x, 98; and
Mr. Magic, 237; and the Mudd Club, 21, 45;
and Rudolf Piper, 255; and Steve Mass, 255
A Certain Ratio, 136, 212–13, 219
Acker, Kathy, 21, 31, 155
Ackerman, Mark, 114, 117, 223–25, 224, 228, 322,
422, 428
Addison, John, 123–24, 149, 383
African music, 61, 78, 137, 277, 301, 315, 405. See
also Fela Kuti
African American community: crisis in, 467, 472;
and The Deadly Art of Survival, 82; and down-
town presence, 75, 77, 158, 169; and economic
hardship, 334–35; in Georgia, 11; and graffiti,
91; and homophobia, 437; and mtv, 443; and
Ronald Reagan, 439; and the Saint crowd, 437;
and wbls, 235. See also black dancers
African American culture: and antiphony,
73; and the art world, 266; and Beat Street,
372; and disco, 83–84, 106, 199–200, 203–4;
and dj-ing, 66, 184, 187; and the downtown
scene, 475; and Keith Haring, 356; and
music, 148, 228, 425–26; and musicians, 83,
85–86, 169, 199, 438–39; and promoters,
122–23. See also black music
after- hours scene: clampdown on, 381–82, 387;
vs. the dance scene, 283; proliferation of,
381. See also individual after-hours venues
and promoters
Ahearn, Charlie: and the Deadly Art of
Survival, 82, 167; and hip hop, 84–85, 177,
369–70, 460; and the Lower Manhattan
Drawing Show, 157; and the Times Square
Show, 82; and Wild Style, 82–84, 162–65, 167,
174, 369–70
Ahearn, John, 80, 82, 167
aids: and the dance floor, 436; and disco, 437;
and the East Village, 432–33; and Ed Koch,
328–29, 431–32; and Edmund White, 436; as
an epidemic, ix, 433, 448, 456–77, 466–67,
473; and fundraising, 328, 431–32, 437; and
the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (gmhc), 242,
328, 431–32, 437; and gay sexuality, 241–42,
327–30, 431, 433–36; and gay temporality,
436; and homophobia, 434, 437, 471; and
Klaus Nomi, 432–33; and Larry Kramer,
242, 328, 431–32, 436; and Mel Cheren,
328, 437; names for, 327–29; and New York
party culture, xii, 456, 465, 473, 483; origins,
241–42; and the Paradise Garage, 328–29,
435, 466; and Pat Buchanan, 434; and Pat-
rick Cowley, 330; and Patti Astor/the Fun
Gallery, 433; and its peak, 435; and Randy
Shilts, 327–28, 432; and Ronald Reagan/the
Republican administration, 329, 433–34,
471; and the Saint, 327–29, 431–32, 434–37,
467, 477; undermines party culture, xi–ii,
437, 448, 456–57, 465–66, 473, 483
Aletti, Vince, x; and “D” Train, 308; and John
“Jellybean” Benitez, 184; and the Paradise
Garage, 393; and Sugar Hill, 171; and U.K.
imports, 219; and the urban street sound,
203; and Warner Bros., 106, 109–10, 185; the
writing of, x
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