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So80s: A Photographic Diary of the Decade [Hardcover]

Patrick McMullen
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Sept. 1 2003
“If you don’t know Patrick McMullan, you ought to get out more!”
—Andy Warhol

With a career spanning three decades, Patrick McMullan is one of the world’s most celebrated party, fashion, and society photographers. Possessing status on par with his subjects, McMullan knows the intricate connections of those exalted few who live behind the velvet ropes. His relentless documentation of the famous figures who made New York City's nightlife the definition of decadence in the age of excess is collected for the first time in so8os: A Photographic Diary of a Decade.

A consummate chronicler, Patrick McMullan began his career in the early 1980s shooting the downtown scene alongside nightclub scribe Stephen Saban for the original Details magazine, with nothing more than an Instamatic camera and the encouragement of Andy Warhol. In so8os, he brings us back into the exclusive world of glamour and glitz as it was experienced by the era’s greatest fashion, music, and art icons who mixed uptown elitism with downtown eccentricity in New York City’s nightlife.

Shot in such legendary nightspots as Studio 54, Area, Danceteria, Limelight, and the Cat Club, so8os features unreleased photos from the Patrick McMullan archives. In these pages, McMullan shares with us his photographic diary that holds the essence of New York characters and night crawlers.

Beautiful people populating these pages of societal history include: Carl Bernstein, William Burroughs, Bob Colacello, Michael Musto, Jay McInerney, Tama Janowitz, Pat Hackett, Anthony Haden-Guest, Richard Johnson, Fran Lebowitz, Cookie Mueller, Glenn O’Brien, Paige Powell, Stephen Saban, Jeffrey Slonim, Richard Turley, John Waters, Kevin Bacon, Drew Barrymore, Matthew Broderick, Glenn Close, Joan Collins, Shirley MacLaine, James St. James, Corey Feldman, Michael J. Fox, Corey Haim, Pee-wee Herman, Rob Lowe, Sylvia Miles, Olivia Newton-John, Jack Nicholson, Tatum O’Neal, River Phoenix, Christopher Reeve, Joan Rivers, Kevin Spacey, Sylvester Stallone, Raquel Welch, Nan Kempner, John F. Kennedy, Jr., Adam Ant, Fab 5 Freddy, Lou Reed, Cher, Duran Duran, Boy George, Debbie Harry, Billy Idol, Grace Jones, Cyndi Lauper, Courtney Love, Madonna, Liza Minnelli, Ozzy Osbourne, Robert Palmer, Iggy Pop, Joey Ramone, Nick Rhodes, David Lee Roth, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Susanne Bartsch, Dianne Brill, Tina Chow, Carmen D’Alessio, Johnny Dynell, Eric Goode, Cornelia Guest, Jane Holzer, Bianca Jagger, Perri Lister, Ann Magnuson, Claire O’Connor, Sally Randall, Steve Rubell, Rudolf, RuPaul, Elizabeth Saltzman, Anita Sarko, Ian Schrager, John Sex, Zoe Tamerlis, Tinkerbelle, Teri Toye, Chi Chi Valenti, Bobby Zarem, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mary Boone, Louise Bourgeoise, Francesco Clemente, Henry Geldzahler, Keith Haring, David Hockney, Robert Mapplethorpe, Steven Meisel, Kenny Scharf, Julian Schnabel, Andy Warhol, Patricia Field, Tom Ford, Halston, Carolina Herrera, Iman, Marc Jacobs, Betsey Johnson, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Zandra Rhodes, Yves Saint Laurent, Francesco Scavullo, Brooke Shields, Stephen Sprouse, Diane von Furstenberg, Diana Vreeland, and many more.

“Patrick McMullan has come to epitomize not just a certain strata of celebrity, but the bona fide celebrification of the photographer.”
—David Friend

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5.0 out of 5 stars so8os ROCKS!...A Tribute to NYC Nightlife!! Oct. 20 2003
By A Customer
I believe this to be the largest collection of an amazing and often, forgotten genre in photography: Nightlife documentation; like Weegee, Patrick McMullan relentlessly documented a historical and iconic era: the 1980's. From the nightclubs to the NYC streets that once contained freedom and reckless abandonment -- he photographed the legends, the artists, the musicians, both the "some-bodies" and the "no-bodies"...It's an enormous body of work: 432 pages with well over 500 B&W photographs... an extremely important book to have in one's collection!! Great for any collector and anyone who loved or lived in the 1980's!!!
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Let's just say that if you are obsessed with the 1980's and everything it represents...you will love this book!
I mean, it is the largest book I own -- filled with hundreds & hundreds of photos -- people I have always loved from Madonna & Liza Minnelli to Andy Warhol & Boy George!!
It's also filled with essays & quotes -- pretty amazing to look at...it is hard to imagine nightlife like that because it really doesn't exist now! Patrick was a lucky guy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's an adventure... Nov. 2 2003
By A Customer
I wasn't really apart of the 80s, at least the "cool" 80's - especially in New York City...I was starting a career & raising my children in TX. But a friend of mine (who lives in NYC) gave me the book for my birthday last weekend and was taken to another world...a world of nightlife!
It was very exciting for me. I now wish I had taken part of that time...the parties, the freedom, etc.
The book is great.
It's an adventure...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable and beautifully designed... Nov. 7 2003
This is a very memorable
and beautifully designed photo book.

It's exciting -- historical -- intense -- beautiful -- sad --crazy -- chaotic -- and free...it's really a million things, a million feelings...and put all onto over 400 pages!!
It's really worth owning and beyond words, the photographs speak for themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars so8os is "So 80's"!! A FABULOUS book!!.... Nov. 2 2003
I just received a copy of so8os and I couldn't love a book more...I collect photo books and have seen Patrick around town for many years photographing parties and huge VIP events here in Manhattan. He is an amazing photographer...and I had no idea that he was going to release such a beautiful book!! It is beyond FABULOUS!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! Nov. 2 2003
By Karen
Wow! I just received a copy of so8os in the mail and I was blown away! It's huge and filled with memories upon memories of the 80s...I lived through it and re-lived it again upon looking through this amazing book...it's a historical look back on a fabulous era!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother Feb. 1 2004
By A Customer
Not worth the time or the money. Oversized volume of pap. Party pictures that are extracts of magazines that you threw away years ago (or should have). A gift book that is sure to be re-gifted again and again - or exchanged for something useful.
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