Wowlebrity Linda Simpson, who began her multifaceted drag-queen career in the 80s (and is an old pal) has a new photo book, Pages, an homage to her captivating transgender pal, Page. Pages, an offshoot of The Drag Explosion, Linda’s archive of her many photos of NYC’s momentous drag scene, was shot by over the course of their friendship which began in 1990. The photos capture her mysterious beauty, sense of style, and provocative performances that made her a cult figure of New York’s gender-bending nightlife. The final photo is from 2001, the year before she died. The release party was this last Wednesday at the Cock in NYC. (I missed it.) I asked Linda for some pics from that night (bottom) and she said this in an email: “I actually was so occupied signing books that I didn’t get to mingle that much. But I could tell people were enjoying themselves, including being thoroughly entertained by the the go-go dancers and old videos and slides of Page. I was glad it was a joyous event. The photos in the book of Page are fierce, but she was also a very fun-loving and often goofy person. An upbeat party seemed like an appropriate way to celebrate her.” Pages is available from Peradam, is available for $20 at selected bookstores and at Peradam.info. (top photos; Linda Simpson, below; Linda with writers, Michael Musto and Brian Cummings)
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Old pal Linda Simpson (or Les Simpson, your call) wrote to me yesterday: “You might be interested in a new photography exhibit that I’ m part of at ClampArt Gallery in Chelsea called ‘New York C. 1985.’ I have about 50 photos included in a slideshow. You can see some here. I was in NYC for practically the entire 1980s, and throughout the decade I randomly took photos for fun with basic point-and-shoot cameras. I was mostly just bouncing around, absorbing and observing the city. The photos are of friends of mine; after-dark events, celebrities that I shot at various encounters, ACT UP protests, Wigstock in Tompkins Square Park, etc (You’ll definitely recognize and remember some of the people and places!). My photo credit in the show is Les Simpson, because I took most of the pix before Linda was born! The exhibit also features work by Larry Clark, Nan Goldin, Amy Arbus and other great photographers — It’s a real honor for me to be included!”
From top: Keith Haring and go-go boy, with Bernard Zette and Michael Musto in the background (1985), Adriana Kaegi (from Kid Creole and the Coconuts) with Maripol and unnamed party girl (1986), Dianne Brill and Rudolf at Warhol’s Memorial service at St Patrick’s (1987), Contestants at House of Field Ball on Lower East Side (1988), Linda Evans at after-party for the TV special, Night of 100 Stars (1982), a VERY YOUNG Lady Bunny at Wigstock (1986), Luisa, Theresa and Wendy at fashion show at Danceteria (1980s), designers and models at fashion show at Danceteria nightclub (early 1980s), Maurice and friend in the Palladium nightclub basement, designed by Kenny Scharf (1985), and Mr. Fashion in Times Square (1988).
My partner and I recently met Holestar in the flesh while chillaxing in Ko Samet, Thailand, with legendary NYC drag hostess Linda Simpson. WOW! What a gorgeous voice.