Annotated Bibliography 1

Introduction

After knowing that our goal for this class was to study and research the Aids Quilt, I decided that I was going to focus on the meaningful objects included on the panels within the quilt and the meaning behind them. As I started to research the Aids Quilt, I noticed how these panels rhetorically include the primary purpose of the quilt through the objects and the pieces of arts in them. After doing research, I was amazed at how much value these panels have for the culture, their time periods and their community locations. As I started to do my research on the panel of Eddie Colon, I began to notice a few things which made me developed some questions. I asked myself: why would Eddie’s family members and friends include both the American and Puerto Rican flag in the panel? What is Garage Records and what is the meaning behind it? How could these possibly relate to the Aids Community?

As I began to get into a deeper analysis and research, these questions led me to extremely valuable information of what could have been Eddie’s community at the time and why this labels where included in his panel. Since all of this information from Eddie’s time, the 1980s this what not an easy task. However, while I was researching, I encountered with certain details which led me to valuable information. These sources explained why these objects were included, their significance, and their meaning.

Bibliography

“Garage Records.” Discogs, www.discogs.com/label/8496-Garage-Records.

The thesis provided by the anonymous author of this sources is that “The record label Garage Records was associated with the club Paradise Garage and had the same male logo but with Garage Records as the text. Garage Records was the child of Larry Levan, and it was on this label he had his, and Michael de Benedictus act NYC Peech Boys signed to. ” The evidence that this author provides is an original image of the record, which comes from a credible source of vinyl records along with an address of the contact information. The purpose of this author of providing this information is in order for people to have a source of what was Garage Record and provide details that may lead to further research on the composers. His or her intended audience is people the people who are looking information on the web for this vinyl and people who want to listen to these specific records.The people who may find this source extremely valuable are the ones who are researching about Paradise Garage, Larry Levan or want to know specific details about the history of this vinyl record and the producers of it.

When I saw this label on Eddie’s panel I instantly questioned myself what this was but most importantly why it is included on the panel? So I did multiple research, with different search tags, without being able to find anything except this source. This was the only source able to provide me details about this vinyl records, its history, and its producers. Even though this source only provides a little amount of information, that information is enough to conduct more deeper research and find more valuable information about this record which indeed helped me to continue doing research and enabled me to find more information.

Gander, Kashmira. “The Terror and Prejudice of the 1980s AIDs Crisis Remembered by a Gay Man Who Lived Through It.” The Independent. Independent Digital News and Media, 06 Jan. 2017. Web. 24 Feb. 2018.

In this narrative, Mrs. Gander states that “in the 1980s, the virus was little understood.” and that “Misinformation and homophobia were rife. AIDs was labeled the “gay plague”, suggesting that it was spread among men who had sex with men (MSM). For a period of six months in 1982, the condition was mistakenly labeled “Gay Related Immune Deficiency”. She evidences this information by an interview she made to a man who lived through this. The purpose of this article is to provide a realistic view of the 1980s and how Aids was mistaken because of the lack of knowledge and information about it. Her intended audience was the elderly and adults as well. This source might be helpful for people researchers who are looking for credible evidence regarding of the situations of aids and homosexuality in the 1980s.

As I observed the panel doing my primary description, I noticed that Eddie’s lifetime was among the 1980s, therefore, I questioned myself how much people knew about this situation at this time? Where they informed and aware of everything regarding the topic? This narrative helped me understand that at the time, people were ignorant about the topic and therefore a lot of false rumors emerged about aids. After I read this article it instantly came into my mind that due to the ignorance of people, adding the American and Puerto Rican Flag in Eddie’s panel was a way to show that not only gay people or certain people are facing this problem, a whole country is and other parts of the world are doing so as well.

Kornegay, III Johnnie R. “Black Gay Men of the AIDS Generation Invented Your Party.” The Huffington Post, TheHuffingtonPost.com, 20 June 2016, www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/black-gay-men-of-the-aids-generation-invented-your_us_57682a40e4b034ff3eefc889.

Johnnie R. Kornegay, states that the Paradise garage, the place where Larry Evan created Garage Records, was a warehouse that became a club primarily for black and Latino gay men. The evidence that he utilizes to provide this information are images and anecdotes of people who often visited this club. The purpose of Johnnie Kornegay to provide this information is to let the people know how this popular gay club, called Paradise Garage was the place were many disco hits were created and that a homosexual called Dj Larry Levan, was one the creator of these. Furthermore, its intention is to portray the importance of this place to the gay community and its history as well. The intended audiences that Johnnie appeals to are people who enjoy 80s music and the readers of his news website. The information provided by this source may be useful for people studying the pop music culture of Soho, New York, in the 1970s and people who are researching the Gay culture in New York as well.

After knowing what was Garage Records, another question came to my mind: Is there another reason, rather than his love for this type of music, which could have more meaning on why this Label is on the panel? After I made myself this question and began to do more research I encountered that this Record was one that was produced in Paradise Garage, a black and latino gay man community which directly relates to the Eddie Colon, who was Latino, gay and from New York.

Miller, Stephen. “Mel Cheren, 74, Disco Pioneer, AIDS Funder.” The New York Sun, www.nysun.com/obituaries/mel-cheren-74-disco-pioneer-aids-funder/67809/.

In this article, Stephen Miller states that Mell Cheren: “Cheren became a leader in that cause as well, holding the first fund-raisers and donating the first office space to the Gay Men’s Health Crisis in his Chelsea brownstone, a renovated SRO. ” The purpose of this article rather than announce Mr. Cheren’s death is also to let the people know how important this person was for the Aids community and all his actions for this cause. His intended audience is mostly adults who often read the newspaper and aids activists. People interested in learning more about the first people engaged in aids activism and voluntary work, or who are looking for information about the pioneers of disco might find this article useful as well.

When I learned how much this club meant for the Gay Community, I decided to look into the people who were able to create it. Definitely, Mel Cheren was one of them and could be one of the most important figures for the aids crisis in New York. This article also made me understand what the meaning of having this label on the panel was and why it was something of much importance for Eddie Colon.

Tantum, Bruce. “Paradise Garage and the Fight for Larry Levan Way.” Thump, 11 May 2014, thump.vice.com/en_us/article/d7ea8a/paradise-garage-and-the-fight-for-larry-levan-way.

In his narrative, Bruce Tantum claims that the garage and Levan’s music served as a temporary shelter for the gay community to escape from aids, prejudice, and pressure from the outside world. As evidence, Tantum utilizes images and narrations from people who experienced the Garage and were part of its culture. The purpose of this article is to explain how the people who created Paradise Garage where significant figures for music, aids, New York, and gay culture as well. His intended audience is the people who love dance music and are interested in its history as well. The people who might find this source useful are historians of dance music and researchers of the gay community and culture in New York.

Knowing the importance of Paradise Garage for the homosexual community and its creator made me wonder who was the person behind all of this movement. As I researched, one of this people was Larry Levan, the person who was in charge of putting the Garage together and making it an exclusive club for the gay community. His music unified a whole community and created a movement which made alienated people feel comfortable and not excluded. Furthermore, I learned that he was one of the most prominent DJs of the time having a decade of consistent great hits.

Violette, Richard J. “Keep on Dancin’: My Life and the Paradise Garage.” Library Journal122nd ser. 125.12 (2000): n. pag. Literature Resource Center. Web. 26 Feb. 2018. <http://eds.b.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.gsu.edu/eds/detail/detail?vid=4&sid=2aac2814-e102-4125-b67e-4ca7b4dcccaf%40sessionmgr4008&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWRzLWxpdmUmc2NvcGU9c2l0ZQ%3d%3d#db=edsglr&AN=edsgcl.63818827>.

In the article, Richards explains the importance of this Disco for gay culture and history, and how Mel Cheren, another of the persons involved in its creation, greatly influenced by it. Through the article, Richards utilizes different facts, along with his personal experience of how the disco and Mel Cheren significantly influenced gay culture. Through this article, Richard communicates to the world how this is a powerful source in studying gay culture and history as well. His specific audience is scholarly people, journalist, and historians. Therefore, this could be helpful for these people, specifically for the ones interested in studying homosexuality and how this particular place in New York contains a big part of its history.

This article helped me understand the point of view of the people who experience the disco and how much of importance they give to it. It explains also why the people who are responsible for the garage are so important for the gay community and for the people who suffered from aids. These were their first activists and the first who raised money for the cause as well.

 

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