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A new edition of Fred W. McDarrah's classic book on the gay community.
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Fifty years ago this coming June, the Stonewall uprising occurred in Greenwich Village--an event that marked the coming-out of New York’s gay community and a refusal by gays to accept underground status that was as important in its way as the Montgomery bus boycott was to the civil rights movement. As a direct outcome of Stonewall, gay pride marches were held in 1970 in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York.

The ultimate chronicler of New York’s downtown scene in that period, and therefore of a signal moment in gay culture, was the late Fred W. McDarrah, the first staff photographer and first picture editor of the legendary Village Voice. In a recent appreciation of the man and his work in The New York Times, "He Was the Visual Voice of the Village Voice", Dwight Garner wrote: “McDarrah had an inflamed curiosity, great feelers and an ability to capture liquid moments. He also had hustle.”  

Photo by Fred W. McDarrah. All rights reserved.
Photo by Fred W. McDarrah. All rights reserved.

Twenty-five years ago, to mark Stonewall's 25th anniversary, McDarrah brought out a work that became a classic: Gay Pride: Photographs from Stonewall to Today. That book has long been out of print. Now, scanning from original negatives, OR Books has lovingly re-set and re-designed the book, newly entitled Pride. This edition also includes a number of photographs not in the original and available nowhere else.

Photo by Fred W. McDarrah. All rights reserved.
Photo by Fred W. McDarrah. All rights reserved.

The forthcoming edition of Pride features a new foreword by Hilton Als (the New Yorker critic, who got his first job from McDarrah) and essays by Allen Ginsberg and Jill Johnston. Its portraits of people and setting are unique, but as Hilton Als puts it, McDarrah deserves a lasting place in New York's alternative history not only for his documentation of a  world in transformation, but for his work as "an agent of change himself." 

The night after Stonewall, in front of the bar. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah. All rights reserved.
The night after Stonewall, in front of the bar. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah. All rights reserved.

Celebrate with us, and help spread the word about this exciting publication, an essential and irreplaceable document—and receive an advance copy of Pride's new edition, in plenty of time to toast a half century of progress since Stonewall. 

Larry Kramer. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah. All rights reserved.
Larry Kramer. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah. All rights reserved.

The 8 x 10" paperback is 192 pages, filled with black-and-white photographs available nowhere else. We're working hard to finish the book in time for shipping in early December.

Photo by Fred W. McDarrah. All rights reserved.
Photo by Fred W. McDarrah. All rights reserved.

Publisher OR Books has been hailed as "a radical, exciting response to Amazonian hegemony" (Dazed), "one of the most original publishers in the U.S." (Flavorwire), "a publisher of dissident voices" (Book Culture), and also been damned as a hotbed of communist propaganda, etc. We've been around since 1989, and pride ourselves on our progressive outlook in all things.

Photo by Fred W. McDarrah. All rights reserved.
Photo by Fred W. McDarrah. All rights reserved.
Quentin Crisp in the Gay Pride Parade. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah. All rights reserved.
Quentin Crisp in the Gay Pride Parade. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah. All rights reserved.

See a sample layout of the planned book.

T-shirt mock-up (back has "PRIDE" and publisher's name): 

Risks and challenges

Risks? Paper cuts are a real possibility with a book of this quality. If multiple copies of the book are dropped on someone's toe, injury could well result (one copy shouldn't do it, though). And if you're seen with a copy of this book after Pence becomes President, who knows what will happen.

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    postcards of three McDarrah photos

    High-quality reproductions of three iconic images by the "candid, skeptical, fun-loving, humane" photographer with an "inflamed curiosity" (Dwight Garner, The N.Y. Times).

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    The book!

    A copy of PRIDE: Photographs After Stonewall, the completely re-set, re-designed and expanded edition of the out-of-print 1994 original paperback, including a new foreword by the critic Hilton Als. A memento of a turning-point in history.

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    Two x PRIDE!

    TWO copies of PRIDE! One for yourself, one for a friend: and if you want to be still more prideful, add $20 per copy after the first two and send us a message via KS to let us know how many you've ordered.

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    PRIDE and a shirt

    A copy of the new edition of PRIDE and an all-cotton T-shirt featuring an iconic image from the Fred W. McDarrah collection (black ink on white shirt). Specify your size!

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    PRIDE and a print

    A high-quality reproduction of a Fred W. McDarrah photo, authorized by and stamped on the back by the McDarrah Estate, plus a copy of PRIDE.

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    PRIDE and an evening out

    A copy of PRIDE, plus an evening at Julius' Bar, the oldest gay bar in New York City, for you and friends to learn about the "sip-ins" first orchestrated by the Mattachine Society: with running commentary by Tim McDarrah, editor of the book, Fred's son and a professional guide to all things Greenwich Village. Please note: must be 21 or over; up to five copies of the book per party. Drinks not included.

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    The Compleat PRIDE

    Three postcards, the book, a T-shirt featuring a McDarrah image—and a limited edition print authorized by the Estate of Fred W. McDarrah.

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    PRIDE and a tour

    A copy of PRIDE, plus a private "Save the Village" walking tour (https://bit.ly/2Q1k57k) with a professional tour guide for you and up to five friends (each provided with a copy of the book).

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    PRIDE Unlimited

    A copy of PRIDE, a high-quality reproduction of a Fred W. McDarrah photo, authorized and stamped on the back by the McDarrah Estate, AND a selection of OR's LGBTQIA-related titles: THE DREAM OF DR. BANTAM by Jeanne Thornton (Lambda Award Finalist); GAY PROPAGANDA: Russian Love Stories, ed. by Masha Gessen and Joseph Huff-Hannon; INFERNO: A Novel, by Eileen Myles; NIGHTS AT RIZZOLI by Felice Picano; and SWORDS IN THE HANDS OF CHILDREN: Reflections of an American Revolutionary, by Jonathan Lerner.

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