Wikipedia tells me – “In EnglandandWales390,127 people (almost 0.8%) stated their religion as Jedi on their 2001 Census forms, surpassingSikhism,Judaism, andBuddhism, and making it the fourth largest reported religion in the countries. In the 2001 Census 2.6% of the population ofBrighton(where I happen to live)claimed to be Jedi.” Authorities, however, refuse to accord the Jedi religious recognition because it is a created fantasy and not a “real” religion – whatever the fuck that might mean. Should I reach for my light saber?
I lifted this piece of cultural history from our pal Richard Metzger at Dangerous Minds. I remember Club 82 – where according to legend Errol Flynn once played the piano with his penis – but it seems largely forgotten.
“Club 82, at 82 East 4th Street in New York’s East Village, was a well-known “high class” drag club of the 50s and 60s where the likes of Walter Winchell, Elizabeth Taylor and Errol Flynn could be seen. Down on its luck in the 70s, the space was transformed into a glam-rock club and later a disco. In this clip, the New York Dolls, in drag (save for Johnny Thunders), perform “Pills” at Club 82 on April 17, 1974. I’m presuming this was shot by Bob Gruen, but I’m not sure.”