This book chronicles the NYC gay parade from the informal, spontaneous ritual held soon after the Stonewall Riots up to the more orchestrated, glamorous parades of the 80s, before AIDS turned the parade into a political necessity. The photos were captioned by Allen Ginsberg, then were put away in a box, forgotten until now. The preface, photographs and their captions have never been published before. An introduction puts the photographs in context with the events preceeding and following the parade, making the book an invaluable piece of history for NYC, Gays, and gay parade.
Hank O'Neal is best known for his jazz and portrait photography, as well as a jazz recording producer. He met Berenice Abbott in 1972, and the two worked together for 19 years. He was close friends with both Burroughs and Ginsberg before they passed away. Examples of his work may be seen hankonealphoto.com. He lives in Greenwich Village, NYC.