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A History of Queer Club Spaces in Newark
"Sanctuary is a collaboration between the Queer Newark Oral History Project of Rutgers University-Newark, Yendor Productions, and the LGBT community of Newark to explore, document, and exhibit the city’s club scene."
Out in Newark: Queer Club Spaces as Sanctuary
Historical panel discussion, October 15, 2014.
[Club Music in Newark],
Blue Newark Culture 1993, 93-155.
  • Hayes, Shelton. "The Club," pp. 126-134. [LeJoc and Club Zanzibar]
  • Albert Murphy, Newark's Poet of Style," pp.135-141. [Photoessay]
  • Jardim, Gary. "Al Murphy and the Club Music Aesthetic," pp. 143-155. Available?
A Journey Through the House: Photo Memoirs of Club Zanzibar
Vincent Bryant. Createspace, 2014.
Newark's legendary dance club of the 1970s and 80s. Available?
Jersey Club: Race, Place and Black Independent Music-making in Newark, New Jersey
Jasmine A. Henry. (Ph.D. Thesis), Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 2022.
"This dissertation combines oral history and ethnographic methods to critically examine the ongoing legacy of Black urban club music and party cultures through the independent music production, placemaking, and performance practices of contemporary Jersey Club music-makers in Newark, New Jersey...[Includes] a case study of the historic Newark dance venue, Club Zanzibar, the site of an underground drag ballroom scene where a distinct style of house music known as the “Jersey Sound” developed and evolved into Jersey Club music." NOTE: At the request of the author this thesis is not available to view until May 31 2024.
Newark After Dark: Sex Work, Gay Bars, Porn Theaters, and the Archives of Illicit Sexuality
Whitney Strub. Newark History Society program, October 26, 2021.
No Sex in Newark: Postindustrial Erotics at the Intersection of Urban and Adult Film History
Whitney Strub. Journal of Cinema and Media Studies 58(1), Fall 2018, pp. 175-181
"Newark still hosts the Little Theatre, which has outlasted every porn theater in Manhattan and nearly all in the New York City metropolitan area...From interviews at the Queer Newark Oral History Project...we know that the theater was part of a thriving public sex culture as far back as the 1950s...." Rutgers-restricted Access

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