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Guide to the April Palmieri Papers
1980-1990
 MSS 115

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Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

 
Title: April Palmieri Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1980-1990
Abstract: In the 1980's, April Palmieri was a member of the East Village band, Pulsallama, and a close friend of an eminent performer and member of the scene, John Sex. Included in the collection are Sex's videotapes of his performances, flyers, posters, and other materials about Palmieri and Sex.
Quantity: 3.5 linear feet (3 boxes)
Call Phrase: MSS 115

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Historical/Biographical Note:

April Palmieri performed with a 12-piece all-girl percussion band, Pulsallama, that played at such venues as the Mudd Club, Danceteria, the Pyramid and Club 57 in New York's East Village during the early 1980's. She was also a close personal friend of eminent performer and member of the scene, John Sex. Following his death from AIDS in 1990, she received his collection of video tapes which contain his 1980's performances. These represent the most complete collection of video documenting Sex on stage. Also included in the collection are flyers, posters, and other materials about Palmieri and Sex. Other groups mentioned in the collection include the Bodacious Ta Ta's and the Fleshtones.

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    Scope and Content Note

    The April Palmieri Papers are a part of the Downtown Collection at the Fales Library, New York University. The Fales Library is the primary special collections division of the NYU Libraries, housing nearly 200,000 volumes of English and American literature from 1700 to the present. Strengths of the collection include the development of the English and American novel, with an emphasis on the Gothic and the Victorian novel, and the post-1975 Downtown New York scene.

    The April Palmieri Papers consist of correspondence, flyers, newspaper clippings, and video recordings that are related to events and people associated with the New York City downtown scene of the 1980's.

    SERIES DESCRIPTION

    Series I contains the general files, which include correspondence, flyers, press releases, and newspaper clippings. These files are arranged alphabetically by folder title. Series II contains videos of performances and shows from the collection. These files are arranged chronologically and then alphabetically. [Research copies may not be available for these materials yet. Check with the Fales archivist.]

    Arrangement

    Folders are arranged alphabetically in Series I and chronologically within Series II.

    The files are grouped into two series.

    1. Series I: General Files
    2. Series IIA: Videorecordings [Access Copies]
    3. Series IIB: Videorecordings [Archival Originals]
    4. Oversize

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    Access Points

    Subject Names

    • Palmieri, April
    • Sex, John

    Document Type

    • Clippings (information artifacts)
    • Correspondence.
    • Fliers (printed matter)
    • Posters.
    • Videotapes.

    Subject Organizations

    • Pulsallama (Musical Group).

    Subject Topics

    • Artists and community -- United States.
    • Avant-garde (Aesthetics)
    • Male striptease.
    • Nightclubs.
    • Performance art -- United States.

    Subject Places

    • New York (N.Y.)
    • New York (N.Y.) |x Intellectual life |y 20th century.

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    Administrative Information

    Provenance

    The April Palmieri Papers were the gift of April Palmieri in 2000.

    Access Restrictions

    Open to researchers. Appointments are necessary for the use of manuscript and archival materials.

    Use Restrictions

    Collection use is subject to all copyright laws. Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the Director of Fales Library and Special Collections. Please contact fales.library@nyu.edu. or call 212 998 2596.

    Preferred Citation

    Published citations should take the following form:

    Identification of item, date (if known); The April Palmieri Papers; MSS 115; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections
    , New York University Libraries.

    Separated Material

    There is no information about materials that are associated by provenance to the described materials that have been physically separated or removed.

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    Container List

    Series I: General Files

    Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
    Box: 1 Folder : 1 Club 57
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 2 Club 57-Science Fair Show
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 3 Danceteria/Wuthering Heights
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 4 Flyers from Other Clubs/Venues
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 5 Landis, Bill. Sleazoid Express
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 6 Misc. Articles on the East Village, Music, and Fashion
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 7 Miscellaneous: Photo of Tseng Kwong Chi, Unidentified Photocopies, M. Henry Jones Resume
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 8 Mudd Club
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 9 Palmieri, April--Correspondence
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 10 Pulsallama
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 11 Read, John. Reunion on Avenue A (a play in one act)
    1981
    Box: 1 Folder : 12 Sex, John
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 13 Short, Jim. Short News
    undated
    Box: 1 Folder : 14 Tina Peel
    undated

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    Series IIA: Videorecordings [Access Copies]

    Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0002 Pulsallama at Danceteria, 1/21/1983
    1983
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0004 The John Sex Story, 11/1983-7/29/1985
    1983-1985
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0006 Peter Pan at Danceteria, 12/22/1983
    1983
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0008 Pyramid NHK Show-Richard Metzger, Transfer
    1985
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0010 Cutting Edge, June 1985; Fleshtones, Space Party, John Sex and Bodacious TaTas at the Limelight, 6/15/1985
    1985
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0012 CNN News Interview, 7/2/1986
    1986
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0014 Pyramid Show, 10/17/1986
    1986
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0016 Club Nu Show, 4/24/1987
    1987
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0018 Sex, John in Graceland, Vancouver, 4/11/1988
    1988
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0021 Baci Italiani
    undated
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0023 Baci Italiani at Limelight
    undated
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0025 Micki, John/CNN/Danceteria/Liberace Radio City
    undated
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0027 Rubnitz, Tom. "Undercover Me!"
    undated
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0029 The Saint-Birthday Show; Bye Bye Birdie
    undated
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0031 Sex, John-Bump and Grind, Pulsallama, Hustle with My Muscle, Crime of the Heart, Angelynne
    undated
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0033 Sex, John-Extra Exit Fashion Show
    undated
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0035 Sex, John-Palladium Show
    undated
    Shelf: Media Media : ID: 115.0038 Pulsallama at Danceteria, 1/21/1983

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

    Format: DVD

    TRT: 00:33:00

    Original Format: 3/4" Umatic

    Source: ID: 115.0001

    1/21/1983
    Shelf: Media Media : ID: 115.0040 The John Sex Story, 11/1983- 7/29/1985

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

    Format: DVD

    TRT: 02:01:00

    Original Format: VHS

    Source ID: 115.0003

    11/1983- 7/29/1985
    Shelf: Media Media : ID: 115.0042 Peter Pan at Danceteria, 12/22/1983

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

    Format: DVD

    TRT: 01:57:00

    Original Format: VHS

    Source ID: 115.0005

    12/22/1983
    Shelf: Media Media : ID: 115.0044 Pyramid NHK Show

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

    Format: DVD

    TRT: 00:18:00

    Original Format: VHS

    Source ID: 115.0007

    1985
    Shelf: Media Media : ID: 115.0046 Cutting Edge; Fleshtones, Space Party, John Sex and Bodacious TaTas at the Limelight, 6/15/1985

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

    Format: DVD

    TRT: 01:16:30

    Original Format: VHS

    Source ID: 115.0009

    6/15/1985
    Shelf: Media Media : ID: 115.0048 CNN News Interview WITH John Sex, 7/2/1986

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

    Format: DVD

    TRT: 00:07:00

    Original Format: VHS

    Source ID: 115.0011

    7/2/1986
    Shelf: Media Media : ID: 115.0050 Pyramid Show, 10/17/1986

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

    Format: DVD

    TRT: 00:56:30

    Original Format: VHS

    Source ID: 115.0013

    10/17/1986
    Shelf: Media Media : ID: 115.0052 Club Nu Show, 4/24/1987

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

    Format: DVD

    TRT: 00:25:00

    Original Format: VHS

    Source ID: 115.0015

    4/24/1987
    Shelf: Media Media : ID: 115.0054 John Sex in Graceland, Vancouver, 4/11/1988

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

    Format: DVD

    TRT: 00:58:45

    Original Format: VHS

    Source ID: 115.0017

    4/11/1988
    Shelf: Media Media : ID: 115.0056 Baci Italiani

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

    Format: DVD

    TRT: 00:55:00

    Original Format: VHS

    Source ID: 115.0020

    Shelf: Media Media : ID: 115.0058 Baci Italiani at Limelight

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

    Format: DVD

    TRT: 01:12:00

    Original Format: VHS

    Source ID: 115.0022

    Shelf: Media Media : ID: 115.0060 CNN (Danceteria Footage)/ ABC NEWS: Liberace Radio City/ John Sex montage (silent)

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

    Format: DVD

    TRT: 00:30:00

    Original Format: VHS

    Source ID: 115.0025

    Shelf: Media Media : ID: 115.0062 Rubnitz, Tom. "Undercover Me!"

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

    Format: DVD

    TRT: 00:04:00

    Original Format: VHS

    Source ID: 115.0026

    Shelf: Media Media : ID: 115.0064 The Saint- Birthday Show; Bye Bye Birdie

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

    Format: DVD

    TRT: 00:54:00

    Original Format: VHS

    Source ID: 115.0028

    Shelf: Media Media : ID: 115.0066 John Sex-Bump and Grind, Pulsallama,…

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

    Format: DVD

    TRT: 00:38:00

    Original Format: VHS

    Source ID: 115.0030

    Shelf: Media Media : ID: 115.0068 Extra Exit Fashion Show & John Sex

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

    Format: DVD

    TRT: 01:29:00

    Original Format: VHS

    Source ID: 115.0032

    Shelf: Media Media : ID: 115.0070 John Sex; Live at 5; Palladium Show

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

    Format: DVD

    TRT: 00:04:00

    Original Format: VHS

    Source ID: 115.0034

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    Series IIB: Videorecordings [Archival Originals]

    Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0001 Pulsallama at Danceteria, 1/21/1983
    1983
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0003 The John Sex Story, 11/1983-7/29/1985
    1983-1985
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0005 Peter Pan at Danceteria, 12/22/1983
    1983
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0007 Pyramid NHK Show-Richard Metzger, Transfer
    1985
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0009 Cutting Edge, June 1985; Fleshtones, Space Party, John Sex and Bodacious TaTas at the Limelight, 6/15/1985
    1985
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0011 CNN News Interview, 7/2/1986
    1986
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0013 Pyramid Show, 10/17/1986
    1986
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0015 Club Nu Show, 4/24/1987
    1987
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0017 Sex, John in Graceland, Vancouver, 4/11/1988
    1988
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0019 Sex, John. "Rock Your Body" Dream Records (Reel) 9/14/1988
    1988
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0020 Baci Italiani
    undated
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0022 Baci Italiani at Limelight
    undated
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0024 Micki, John/CNN/Danceteria/Liberace Radio City
    undated
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0026 Rubnitz, Tom. "Undercover Me!"
    undated
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0028 The Saint-Birthday Show; Bye Bye Birdie
    undated
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0030 Sex, John-Bump and Grind, Pulsallama, Hustle with My Muscle, Crime of the Heart, Angelynne
    undated
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0032 Sex, John-Extra Exit Fashion Show
    undated
    Box: media shelves Folder : ID: 115.0034 Sex, John-Palladium Show
    undated

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    Oversize

    Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
    Box: 3 Folder : Flyers and Newspaper Clippings re: John Sex, Club 57, Mudd Club, etc.
    undated

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