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Guide to the Pyramid Club Flyers MSS.435

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Collection processed by Sophie Glidden-Lyon

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 19, 2017
Description is in English

Scope and Content

This collection contains flyers distributed by the Pyramid Club to advertise events, performances and shows. There is also a small amount of miscellaneous material, housed in box 1, from other clubs and galleries like Club 57, CBGB’s, Life Cafe, Civilian Warfare, Danceteria, Limbo Lounge and Theater for the New City. Box 1 also contains a few flyers or posters from unidentified venues, as well as flyers from Pyramid that are 8 ½ x 14, instead of the standard 8 ½ x 11 size.

These flyers are largely only dated with month and day and are photocopies with the exception of one or two master copies. They were made either for individual events, or act as weekly calendars. The performers named include drag queens like Ethyl Eichelberger, John Kelly, Lady Bunny and Tanya Ransom. Musical performances by 3 Teens Kill 4, Elliott Sharp, They Might Be Giants, Nick Cave, The Butthole Surfers, Zette, Rat At Rat R, the Frank Maya Band and John Sex. Live readings were given by Lydia Lunch, David Wojnarowicz, Ann Magnuson, Fran Lebowitz and Eric Bogosian. Also mentioned are artists like Greer Lankton and Peter Hujar, as well as John Waters, Thurston Moore, Nick Zedd, Richard Kern, Cookie Mueller, Johanna Went, Julie Hair, Ela Troyano and Antonio Frederico. Events such as Sundays at Pyramid, Pyramid Not Pyramid, Cafe Iguana, Pyramid 84, Pyramid Cocktail Lounge, Disturbed Form Theater and Loretta’s Diner are advertised. Many of the events were hosted by the magazine Straight to Hell (STH).


This material is arranged into 1 box and 2 binders. The box contains miscellaneous flyers from clubs other than Pyramid with the exception of one folder of oversize Pyramid flyers. This material is arranged alphabetically. The two binders contain flyers exclusively from the Pyramid Club; the arrangement of these flyers reflects the order they were in when they were acquired by the Fales Library.