Bike Boys, Drag Queens, and Superstars

Bike Boys, Drag Queens, and Superstars

Avant-Garde, Mass Culture, and Gay Identities in the 1960s Underground Cinema
Juan A. Suarez
Distribution: World
Publication date: 03/22/1996
Format: Hardback 14 b&w photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-32971-4
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This comprehensive, insightful study demonstrates that 1960s New York underground film fused ‘artistic innovation and the exploration of everyday life’ and distinctively interacted with mass culture.’" —Choice

... thoroughly researched [and] engaging text... " —Library Journal

This is a very timely and welcome book.... intervenes very effectively to rewrite the history of the 1960s American underground cinema." —UTS Review

At the confluence of experimental art and the gay subculture of early 1960s New York, Juan Suárez discovers a postmodern, gay-influenced aesthetic that "recycles" popular culture. Filmmakers Kenneth Anger, Jack Smith, and Andy Warhol epitomize this sensibility, combining the influences of European avant-garde movements, comic books, rock ’n’ roll, camp, film cults, drag performances, fashion, and urban street cultures.

Author Bio

JUAN A. SUÁREZ is Assistant Professor of English at the Universidad de Murcia, Spain.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Avant-Garde and Mass Culture: Mapping the Dialectic
Chapter 2. The American Underground as a Cultural Formation: Practices, Institutions, and Ideologies
Chapter 3. The 1960s Underground as Political Postmodernism: From the New Sensibility to Cultural Activism
Chapter 4. Pop, Queer, or Fascist: The Ambiguity of Mass Culture in Kenneth Anger’s Scorpio Rising (1963)
Chapter 5. Drag, Rubble, and "Secret Flix": Jack Smith’s Avant-Garde Against the Lucky-Landlord Empire
Chapter 6: The Artist as Advertiser: Stardom, Style, and Commodification in Andy Warhol’s Underground Films