The Last Party: Studio 54, Disco, and the Culture of the Night

The Last Party: Studio 54, Disco, and the Culture of the Night

by Anthony Haden-Guest


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ISBN-13: 9780061723742
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/08/2009
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 521,935
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Anthony Haden-Guest's journalism has appeared in New York, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker.

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Maurice Brahms got involved with Manhattan's Nightworld entirely on account of John Addison, who arrived from South Africa in the early seventies. "He was a second cousin of mine. He stayed with me in Brooklyn," Maurice Brahms says. The cousins were unalike. Brahms was of middling height, garrulous, straight, and dressed like a businessman, whereas Addison was tall, gay, secretive, and elegant. Brahms had a front-stage demeanor, like an actor doing monologue. Addison liked to lurk in the wings. But the cousins got on fine. Both were ambitious, tough, and sharp, and both could grip a dollar hard enough to make it squeal with pain.

Maurice Brahms had been in the restaurant business since he was seventeen. "My father bought a restaurant for my uncle, but he died after a couple of years. I took it over," Brahms says. The place was the Colonel at 101 Park Avenue. John Addison had an uncle who owned a parakeet business in Ventura County in Southern California, and he himself had studied horticulture in South Africa, but horticulture not being huge in Manhattan, he signed up with Ford as a model. "He did well from day one" says Jerry Ford. He worked with Francesco Scavullo and became a long-term lover of the photographer. Addison also took a backup job as a waiter in Yellowfingers, a restaurant in midtown on Third Avenue. Unlike most MAWs (Model Actor Waiters) Addison quickly decided he liked the restaurant business. Preferred it, in fact, to the glam drudgery of modeling.

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Table of Contents


Act I: Nights on Fire,
1 Take Your Partners,
2 Manhattan à la Mode,
3 The German Model, the Israeli Playboy, the Peruvian Party Girl & the New York Businessman,
4 Studio 54, Where Are You?,
5 Hell on the Door, Stairways to Paradise,
6 Club Wars,
7 Discomania,
8 Club Wars Heat Up,
9 The Other,
10 Addicted to the Night,
11 Imperial Visions,
12 The Bust,
13 Disco Sucks!,
14 Club Fed,
BETWEEN THE ACTS: I Goblin Market,
Act II: Nightclubbing,
15 The Shunning,
16 Après Disco,
17 Wild & Free,
18 Eurotrash Epiphanies,
19 Uptown, Downtown,
20 Hearts of Darkness,
21 "Death of Downtown",
Act III: Nightfall,
22 Kamikaze Kids,
23 Rehearsal for the End of the World,
24 Beyond the Velvet Cord,
25 The Last Nightlord,
26 The Dark Side of the Mirror,
FINALE All Tomorrow's Parties,
Cast List,
About the Author,

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The Last Party: Studio 54, Disco, and the Culture of the Night 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
kraaivrouw on LibraryThing 3 months ago
This is a pretty good social history of the New York club scene, focusing primarily on Studio 54, but looking at other clubs, as well. The book works well when its author is telling stories of the clubs, their owners, and their denizens. It works less well when the author inserts himself into the narrative. In the end this book suffers a bit from the "I don't know what I want to be" syndrome. On the one hand it wants to be a social history, but on the other hand it kind of wants to be a memoir. It doesn't completely fill either role well, although it's definitely interesting and entertaining.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Love the book. It's like the never-ending stroy the movie. I read the book and I live it. I could hear everything happening around me. I WISH so badly Studio 54 still existed. It's both tragic and fascinating that Studio 54 ever came around. That's why it's so unique, special and magical. There's nothing nor there will ever be anything like it. And I've never been! Just in GIA the movie about the supermodel. HMM. O' STUDIO 54.