Monday, October 15, 2007

A Disquieting Death in the NY Club Scene: Dean Johnson

Today's New York Times has an article on the strange and untimely death of Dean Johnson, one of the reigning funky bohemian queers of the New York club scene. I can actually remember his band, Dean and the Weenies, from back in the madcap 80s. It's an interesting article about a life lived through the ups and downs of the New York club scene, including the halcyon days of the 80s, dealing with HIV, and then trying to make a comeback, topped off by an ignomious end. The best quote is at the very end of the article, from our own Lady Bunny:

“He was part of the club scene, and the club scene is, to a large degree lost, killed by bottle service,” said Lady Bunny, the drag queen. “New York is not a place for a funky, baroque bohemian to flourish in anymore.”
Sadly, I've come to think that this applies to San Francisco as much as it does New York.

1 comment:

Dan said...

That's sad-- I remember some of Johnson's clubs from spending time in NYC years ago.

While there are declining numbers of bohemians in SF (with the high cost of living here), as well as a diminished number of club goers, I think there are still plenty of clubs in SF that are inexpensive and welcoming to "baroque bohemians." Not every SF club caters to the bottle service crowd.