-Leee Black Childers
From Andy Warhol’s The Factory and Max’s Kansas City to The Chelsea Hotel and The Anarchy Tour, Leee has been eye-witness to the musicians and artists that defined a generation and made a major impact on the generation that would follow.
He said ‘I loved all of those self-destructive people because you can’t change them. So you have to make the decision to except them for who they are.’
We remember the life and legacy of Leee Black Childers, who passed away over the weekend. He was a bright light that captured other bright lights brilliantly and it’s through his wit and genuine love for his friends that we know just a little bit more about those Warholian creations; Jackie Curtis, Holly Woodlawn and Candy Darling. He championed them – and championed others like Iggy, Bowie, Johnny Thunders, Wayne/Jayne County, Debbie, Patti – and through his photography we’ve come to understand what a magic time that was NYC/London in the 1970s. It was a time when drag-queens ruled lower Manhattan and a little bar called CBBG’s let newcomers like Blondie own the stage. It’s an era gone now and with the passing of Leee, we’ve lost another beautiful superstar.
Rest easy, dearest Leee …