The politics of partying

Chronicles of queer theatricality
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January–February 2022, no. 439
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Buried Not Dead by Fiona McGregor

Giramondo, $26.95 pb, 304 pp

The politics of partying

Chronicles of queer theatricality
by
January–February 2022, no. 439

‘Wasn’t sexual expression a principal motivation of gay and queer dancefloors … Isn’t that the freedom we were fighting for? To be kinky dirty fuckers, without shame; to not sanitise ourselves in the bid for equality?’ So exhorts DJ Lanny K in 2013, reflecting on his time spinning discs at down-and-out pubs in ungentrified Surry Hills in the mid-1990s as part of Sydney’s fomenting queer subculture. Lanny K, Sydney-based Canadian immigrant, is one of a handful of artists – performance artists, dancers, even a tattooist – interviewed by Fiona McGregor in her collection of essays Buried Not Dead. Mostly written between 2013 and 2020, each essay is based on a rolling interview with an artist and draws out their recollections of early practices and careers, several united by reference to a specific time and place – Sydney’s emergent gay scene in the mid-1990s.

Sophie Knezic reviews 'Buried Not Dead' by Fiona McGregor

Buried Not Dead

by Fiona McGregor

Giramondo, $26.95 pb, 304 pp

Buy this book

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