PRIDE is back.
Fifty years ago this coming June, the Stonewall uprising occurred in Greenwich Village--an event that marked the coming-out of New York’s gay community and a refusal by gays to accept underground status that was as important in its way as the Montgomery bus boycott was to the civil rights movement. As a direct outcome of Stonewall, gay pride marches were held in 1970 in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York.
The ultimate chronicler of New York’s downtown scene in that period, and therefore of a signal moment in gay culture, was the late Fred W. McDarrah, the first staff photographer and first picture editor of the legendary Village Voice. In a recent appreciation of the man and his work in The New York Times, "He Was the Visual Voice of the Village Voice", Dwight Garner wrote: “McDarrah had an inflamed curiosity, great feelers and an ability to capture liquid moments. He also had hustle.”
Twenty-five years ago, to mark Stonewall's 25th anniversary, McDarrah brought out a work that became a classic: Gay Pride: Photographs from Stonewall to Today. That book has long been out of print. Now, scanning from original negatives, OR Books has lovingly re-set and re-designed the book, newly entitled Pride. This edition also includes a number of photographs not in the original and available nowhere else.
The forthcoming edition of Pride features a new foreword by Hilton Als (the New Yorker critic, who got his first job from McDarrah) and essays by Allen Ginsberg and Jill Johnston. Its portraits of people and setting are unique, but as Hilton Als puts it, McDarrah deserves a lasting place in New York's alternative history not only for his documentation of a world in transformation, but for his work as "an agent of change himself."
Celebrate with us, and help spread the word about this exciting publication, an essential and irreplaceable document—and receive an advance copy of Pride's new edition, in plenty of time to toast a half century of progress since Stonewall.
The 8 x 10" paperback is 192 pages, filled with black-and-white photographs available nowhere else. We're working hard to finish the book in time for shipping in early December.
Publisher OR Books has been hailed as "a radical, exciting response to Amazonian hegemony" (Dazed), "one of the most original publishers in the U.S." (Flavorwire), "a publisher of dissident voices" (Book Culture), and also been damned as a hotbed of communist propaganda, etc. We've been around since 1989, and pride ourselves on our progressive outlook in all things.
See a sample layout of the planned book.
T-shirt mock-up (back has "PRIDE" and publisher's name):
Risks and challenges
Risks? Paper cuts are a real possibility with a book of this quality. If multiple copies of the book are dropped on someone's toe, injury could well result (one copy shouldn't do it, though). And if you're seen with a copy of this book after Pence becomes President, who knows what will happen.