ONE of the most eye-opening books I read as a child were the Andy Warhol diaries (yes, I was quite pretentious) and Studio 54, the legendarily hedonistic Manhattan nightclub,
was it’s heartbeat.
The photos in the middle showed snapshots of partying unlike anything I’d ever seen – and this documentary, following the rise and almighty crash of it’s owners Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell.
Getty – Contributor Eyepopping documentary Studio 54 follows the rise and almighty crash of legendary nightclub’s owners Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell
Celebrities including Bianca Jagger, Liza Minnelli and Andy Warhol; see in the New Year at Studio 54Told with loving (and occasionally rose-tinted) hindsight, mostly by Ian Schrager (Steve Rubell died some years ago), this is an eye-popping account of partying on a nuclear level.
At a time when subversive gay culture was very much still underground, the savvy owners created the perfect storm – A post watergate and Vietnam America, Disco, Celebrity, drugs and the first known example of FOMO.
Getty – Contributor Pop artist Andy Warhol and singer and musician Lou Reed chat at Studio 54 in 1977