Bike Boys, Drag Queens, and Superstars (Hardcover)

Avant-Garde, Mass Culture, and Gay Identities in the 1960s Underground Cinema

By Juan A. Suarez

Indiana University Press, 9780253329714, 384pp.

Publication Date: March 22, 1996

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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 Su rez 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.