Susanne Bartsch Presents: Bartschland is a decades-deep dive into the intoxicating world of queer NYC nightlife through the celebrated entertainer and fashion icon.
“For so many of us who came to New York to follow our Warhol dreams and fulfill the promise of a David Bowie future, Susanne became The Wizard of Fantasy. The one person who could get us closer to the dream we had all envisioned.” —RuPaul, from his foreword
“Ms. Bartsch’s name,” wrote the New York Times, “once was the night life equivalent of a couture label.”
Beginning with her first party in 1986, Bartschland: Tales of New York City Nightlife leads readers chronologically through each year of Susanne Bartsch’s reign as New York City’s “Queen of Clubs” until present day. For each year, Bartsch provides commentary focusing first on a snapshot of her life at the time, then showcasing exquisite accounts of her most iconic party that year, and finally, an introduction to a close friend and member of Bartsch’s eclectic, artistic community—from drag queens to dancers to designers. The result is a kaleidoscope of queer culture, glittering New York City nightlife, and unmatched fashion, shared with us by the woman at the center of it all.
Includes Color Illustrations