Saturday, May 8, 2010
After Dark September 1972
When I saw this cover of After Dark, I was excited to think that there would be a whole article on Candy Darling. Candy was a Warhol celebrity who started life by the name of Jim Slattery. Sad to say, this issue was a let-down. It turns out that Editor-In-Chief William Como had a bunch of photographs that were unused in previous issues, so he created a section for this issue called "Editor's Out-Takes".
There is no running theme to the photographs...just that they were great photos that needed to be used. So in addition to the cover photo of Candy Darling by Jack Mitchell, he used a Kenn Duncan shot of Rudolf Nureyev. Nureyev had a film that premiered that summer called I Am a Dancer.
Young actor Nicola Caturano had made his film debut in The Godfather and was going to be seen in Across 110th Street. He posed with gun-in-hand for this portrait by Jack Mitchell.
Jack also photographed artist Jack Brusca who specialized in air-brushed canvasses.
Kim Milford had left Hair for the touring company of Jesus Christ Superstar. In later years, Kim would tour as Rocky in The Rocky Horror Show, but I'm getting ahead of this issue. Kenn Duncan took this photograph of the long-haired singer as well as...
...6'2" Kris Johnson who played Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar while designing his own costumes for the production.
Candy was also photographed by Roy Blakely. Candy, at the time of this issue, was performing off-Broadway in Tennessee Williams' Small Craft Warnings.
The last photograph that I'm highlighting is another Warhol superstar, Pat Ast (here photographed by Michael Childers). She appeared in Heat with Joe Dallesandro and Sylvia Miles.
One of the other featured articles this issue was "Evening Out the Odd Couple" by David Johnson and this photo by Jack Mitchell. Tony Randall talks about a lot of things and for a man who played gay characters, somewhat gay characters, and latent gay characters, he sure had a surprising and shocking thing to say about homosexuality. It seems he went to a skin-flick house next door to his hotel and the story goes from there, "The first moment is so shocking. But, you can't stay shocked--so then you're bored. I went to an all-homosexual one, too. That's nothing. That is nothing. They have a number of all-male houses in Los Angeles. A group of went to that one night recently. Oh, that was really bad. Just terrible. Just disgusting. But also not good. Oh, guys sucking each other's cocks. There's nothing to watch in that. It confirms what something I've always suspected about homosexuality--they don't like it. These guys never got aroused. Whereas in the other, in today's modern porno, these kids really go at it, yeah. Oh, it's awful to see great big guys...definitely not my bag." It also seems he complained about the attitude of these hordes of homosexuals who come to the opera and scream and squeal over and support these broken-down sopranos. Even with all of this, he came off funny and now that I'd read that TV's Felix Unger had said the word "Cocks", I thought I'd try to sit through some episodes of The Odd Couple and put them in my Netflix queue. Nah, I'll just watch Pillow Talk again.
Even though she was working with Nick Ashford at the time, there was still a couple of years to go through before Valerie Simpson and he formed the singing duo of Ashford & Simpson.
Luis Botto wrote about The Mercer Arts Center, described as a cultural honeycomb in Greenwich Village. One of the theaters in the complex was featuring One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest starring Lane Smith.
Jack Blackton was performing in the musical revue called Hark! where the high point of the show was a ballad titled "Coffee Morning".
Producer Robert Fryers is spotlighted in an article by Harr Clein. He produced Travels with My Aunt starring Robert Stephens and Maggie Smith...
,,,as well as Myra Breckinridge with Mae West and Roger Herren.
Kenn Duncan took this photo of interior designer Joseph Braswell painting his friend, model Tony Milano.
Tom Eyen's See Why Hanna's Skirt Won't Stay Down was playing at San Francisco's Theatre of the Eye with David Baker Jr. and Mink Stole.
Edward Albert was photographed by Berry Berenson.
Actor/model Andy Ordon would be featured in an upcoming issue of After Dark. Here he is modeling a beige cotton suit from Belgium.
Stand-up comedian and actor Sandy Baron had a cute ad for his comedy album.
"The Most Lavish Bathhouse Ever Built" for the discriminating male was called The Club. Their ad stated they had Club Baths throughout the USA including Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Hammond, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Miami, Newark, New Orleans, New York City, St. Louis, Tampa, Toledo & Washington. I wonder if they were really all that lavish in Hammond.
Kaftans were the order of the month for the Lew Magram catalog. Of course the Turtlesuit just looks funny modeled without pants. Of course, I guess if the model wore pants you wouldn't get the idea.
Next issue I'm going to do an issue from the early 80's. Maybe I'll do After Dark September 1982 so we can see the changes in the magazine a decade made.