Artist Duncan Hannah and Vanity Fair’s Jim Wolcott talk about life in New York’s Downtown art and music scene, as chronicled in Hannah’s new book “Twentieth-Century Boy: Notebooks of the Seventies.” Buy a copy here: http://www.strandbooks.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=search.results&includeOutOfStock=1&searchString=duncan+hannah
Duncan Hannah came to New York in the 1970s as an art student and promptly entered the world of seedy parties, enticing girls, captivating music, and the best the city’s underground had to offer a newly arrived fledgling. During these formative years he kept a series of notebooks, documenting his actions in this alluring and intimidating time, capturing anecdotes of a life spent walking the fine line of carving out an identity as an artist while risking self-destruction from his own dangerous antics. Across his New York saga, Hannah crosses paths with the likes of Patti Smith, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Andy Warhol, and dozens of other night clubbers of lesser fame.
DUNCAN HANNAH was born in Minneapolis in 1952. He attended Bard College from 1971 to 1973 and Parsons School of Design from 1973 to 1975. In the seventies, he became associated with New York’s avant-garde and glam and punk rock scenes, acted in a number of underground movies, and showed several of his figurative portraits in 1980’s infamous Times Square Show. His work is in numerous public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum and the Minneapolis Art Institute. He lives in New York with the designer Megan Wilson.
JIM WOLCOTT is a journalist and cultural critic for Vanity Fair and contributes to The New Yorker. He had his own blog on Vanity Fair magazine’s main site which was awarded a Webby Award in 2007. Wolcott has been a columnist on media and pop culture for Esquire, Harper’s Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and New York Magazine. Wolcott has written several books, including “The Catsitters,” “Attack Poodles and Other Media Mutants,” and “Lucking Out: My Life Getting Down and Semi-Dirty in Seventies New York.”
Recorded March 14, 2018