‘Studio 54’ has been compiled by the club’s legendary co-founder Ian Schrager to commemorate the 40th anniversary of its 1977 grand opening.
The photo book includes images of 1970’s and 1980’s icons including Mick Jagger, Andy Warhol, Liza Minnelli and Michael Jackson.
“Studio was a glamorous place,” Schrager, who is now a prominent hotelier, says in the book. “There was an excitement when you walked in. You were like a wide-eyed kid in a candy shop. It was absolutely electrifying. There were beautiful women and hot guys everywhere. It was like nobody cared about anything. There was a combustible energy inside. You were free without a care in the world and could let your hair down. It was a sanctuary. You felt protected and safe.”
The photos are accompanied by quotes from the club’s former patrons, club-related ephemera (building plans, press releases, guest lists, invites, tickets, and others), and press clippings from Schrager’s scrapbooks that documented the popularity of the club in its heyday.
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