My quest for weird and wonderful print publications had one of its best days today. In an edition of Catalog Jazz 1962, I found an original typewritten letter from its creator, Raffaele Borretti.
I also found a collection of recipes and original illustrations drawn by members of the Burbank Art Association, an beautifully printed fashion brochure and a little mechanics book with a brilliant collage on the cover. Score!
When gay nightlife in Los Angeles really kicked off
This period, during the late 1920s and the early 1930s, was a golden era in Los Angeles for gay performers, entertainers in drag and the crowds of Angelenos – gay, straight, rich and poor – that loved them. It was during Prohibition and all the clubs were underground; but the culture was completely open and vibrant, filled with fluid sexuality and music that was often coded. It was called the Pansy Craze and it swept up not only Los Angeles, but many of the major cities nationwide. Written by Jenny Hamel
Promotional photo of Bruz Fletcher, who performed on the Sunset Strip for five years. Photo courtesy of Tyler Alpern
Terry Allen taped cassettes to the back of his paintings. Not because the painting aided the tape, or because the tape aided the painting, but because you, the viewer, was straddled in this in-between space, steered by both.
You are about to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone!