Sin, Sex & Subversion: How What Was Taboo in 1950s New York Became America’s New Normal (Carrel Books, February 2016)
He who transgresses not only breaks a rule.
He goes somewhere that the others are not;
and he knows something the others don’t know.
“New York is not a state capital or a national capital,” E. B. White famously wrote in 1949, “but it is by way of becoming the capital of the world.” In the ‘50s, as London, Paris, Berlin, Moscow and Tokyo recovered from a devastating war, the Big Apple became the capital of the 20th century.
And the city was jumping! The drinking age was 18 years and bars stayed open ‘til 4 am. Celebrated nightspots like the Stork Club, El Morocco and the St. Regis Roof welcomed the big-spenders, while the Village Vanguard, Birdland and Jimmy Ryan’s hosted everyone else. Beat poets, jazz musicians and folksingers were remaking the Village. Alan Freed joined Murray Kaufman, of Murray the K’s “Swingin’ Soiree,” and Douglas Henderson, of the “Jocko, The Ace from Outer Space” show, introducing rock-&-roll to radio listeners. Read more on the Books page.
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