After Dark, dedicated a special tribute in the 1974 August issue focusing
on the city
of San Francisco,
and its pace setters.
It brought together 72 personalities in this single, one of
a kind, monumental
from all areas of journalism and the arts in one
of the most memorable
by chief editor William
Como, headquartered in New York, was a unique avant-garde
publication with wide
a virtual Whos Who in the world of arts and
entertainment. It became an iconic periodical that lasted from
the 1960s to the 1980s.
For anyone who was anyone of that era who appeared in the pages of After Dark,
the societys sentiment
was, you have arrived.
a status symbol quality in its alluring ambiance and off-handed style
created by national and international
writers giving a unique look no other magazines had. It covered the performing
and visual arts, dance,
music, theatre and opera including reviews of events
and productions in all of these areas. There were endless articles on such luminaries
as Elton John, Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand, Donna Summer, Robert Redford, Christopher
Reeve, Jon Voight, Bette Midler, Peter Allen, Mae West and Joan Crawford, and
on and on, covering their contributions and comparative relevance to the arts
through their life style and their work.
is easy to look back to this period as a golden age of magic and enchantment,
an age that saw the dawn and demise of the hippie culture, disco and all the
outrageous excesses and innovative ideas of that period, the threat of Nixons
impeachment and the reality of the end of the Vietnam war. It was also the age
of an awakening of the individual and collective consciousness of the gay movement,
the Stonewall riots, and the assignation of Harvey Milk. It was the best of
times and the worst, but in looking back, it was like a dream which it seemed
impossible to think would ever come to an end. After Dark was there to document
it all, the good the better and the best, a time capsule of many great names
who are no longer with us today. But like all dreams, it too had to come to
an end. In 1983, the last issue of After Dark was published, and with this,
came the end of an era.