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RIP: Alexis Arquette

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Alexis Arquette died today

Alexis made her transition surrounded by family in the late night hours of September 11, 2016. We were quite friendly for several decades and it was extremely shocking news to wake up to this morning. Continue Reading

Quartknee is an internationally beloved author, storied entertainer, and legendary night-life impresario. He’s also a prominent aesthete and all around tall guy.
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Social Media Accounts are now updated

You can now follow Quartknee on social media again

Everyone has their faves, so I’ve updated my web presence. You can find everything from the world of Q on the three main social platforms.

QuartkneeK on Instagram
Illustrates a slice of life from an author’s wanderings. Sidewalk Sofas, Good Times and Garden Lions are all recurring themes.

Mythosonix on Instagram
Follow the fictional adventures of the Mythosonix crew as they dive deep into the mix of Festivals, EDM Nightlife and DJ Culture.

Quartknee is an internationally beloved author, storied entertainer, and legendary night-life impresario. He’s also a prominent aesthete and all around tall guy.
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RIP Robin Gibb

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The Brothers Gibb, aka The Bee Gees brought the underground sound of black disco to a largely white mainstream audience which paved the way for so many artists to cross over to the pop charts.

In many ways the homophobic disco backlash in the early 80’s helped obscure many of Robin’s contributions to music but not for long as the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

I was shocked when his fraternal twin Maurice died in 2003. As a twin myself I could only imagine the horrific grief he must have felt. When they announced a new Bee Gees tour a couple of years ago I thought it was amazing that he could be so resilient and it’s so tragic that he’s gone now too.

Quartknee is an internationally beloved author, storied entertainer, and legendary night-life impresario. He’s also a prominent aesthete and all around tall guy.
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RIP Donna Summer

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Undeniably talented but such a conflicted character. As the “Queen of Disco” Donna Summer was a gay icon. As a reborn Christian she said some amazingly ignorant things about gay people. When the gay backlash began she began to deny that she ever said that AIDS was a punishment from God for the immoral lifestyles of homosexuals. She wrote letters to Act-Up and the Advocate Magazine but the gay boycott was in full effect. From 1987 to 2012 I never heard a Donna Summer song ever played in a gay bar, restaurant or dance club.

During her “Geffen Years” which coincided with the height of the boycott, she released the single “Dinner With Gershwin” and I heard it on the radio while driving around LA. I always liked that song but because of what she allegedly said I couldn’t bring myself to buy the single. Even now, decades later it’s still painful to think about how the allegations affected all my sick friends, now dead, who loved her music in the late 70’s and early 80’s.

The statements alleged to be hers were quite common from the “reborn” at that time. There was much fear and loathing not just of gay people but also of the newly discovered disease of AIDS which seemed to only affect gay people as far as the mainstream media was concerned. I will never know for sure if she was misquoted or if her denials were motivated by commerce or conviction. I do know that my friend Charles died believing she turned her back on people like him who loved her so much. I also know that to this day, I can’t hear a Donna Summer song without thinking about Charles.

Such an amazing talent, squandered by personal demons… hopefully now she can finally be at peace.

Quartknee is an internationally beloved author, storied entertainer, and legendary night-life impresario. He’s also a prominent aesthete and all around tall guy.
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Pop Music is emotionally ambiguous

This Slate article chronicles the emotional changes in Pop Music over the last few decades. The conclusion is that Pop is becoming sadder and more emotionally ambiguous seems like it’s just mirroring the kids who listen to it.

Pop Music is sadder than it used to be

Quartknee is an internationally beloved author, storied entertainer, and legendary night-life impresario. He’s also a prominent aesthete and all around tall guy.

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RIP Whitney Houston

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After the erroneous Internet reports of Jon Bonjovi turned out to be false, I was reluctant to believe that Whitney Houston died tonight. When someone so young dies it’s shocking but in her case, it’s also not very surprising. I feel she kind of died inside years ago.

Such an amazing talent, squandered by personal demons… hopefully now she can finally be at peace.

I wish Whitney listened to the lyrics of her song and let them lift her the way they’ve lifted me over the years.

This is probably my favorite Whitney song – def my fave mix:

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Quartknee is an internationally beloved author, storied entertainer, and legendary night-life impresario. He’s also a prominent aesthete and all around tall guy.
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A New Year – A New Look

You may have noticed that I’ve updated the template for this site… this new one should be better for mobile devices… comment below if you like it.

Quartknee is an internationally beloved author, storied entertainer, and legendary night-life impresario. He’s also a prominent aesthete and all around tall guy.
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Tap, tap, tap… this thing on?

I haven’t completely forgotten this site – just got busy with other things… From the emails and notes on Facebook/twitter it seems people have missed my updates – so I’ll do my best to post more stuff throughout 2012.

Quartknee is an internationally beloved author, storied entertainer, and legendary night-life impresario. He’s also a prominent aesthete and all around tall guy.
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I’m back – I think

I haven’t disappeared and joined some jihad. Quartknee.com was hacked by someone in Saudi Arabia. I think I have full access again and have finally secured it… will post some stuff again soon.

Quartknee is an internationally beloved author, storied entertainer, and legendary night-life impresario. He’s also a prominent aesthete and all around tall guy.
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Amy Winehouse Dead (Finally)

After being dead inside for nearly a decade, she will be remembered by a whole generation as a cautionary tale and mentioned at every intervention attempt for the foreseeable future.

The only thing really shocking about her passing is how long she managed to hang on living the half-life of a heroin addict. When you’re so brazenly antagonistic toward going to rehab there are really only two options left: jail or death… I guess now we know which one she chose.

Quartknee is an internationally beloved author, storied entertainer, and legendary night-life impresario. He’s also a prominent aesthete and all around tall guy.
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High On Hope: End of AIDS

First man ‘functionally cured’ of HIV – This could mean the end of AIDS is sooner than anyone previously believed.

A man with leukemia and HIV had a bone marrow transplant in Germany in 2007 and now he seems to have no replicating virus that causes AIDS anywhere in his body anymore. He isn’t taking any medication. His doctors say he will now probably never have any problems with HIV or AIDS.

I’ve lost so many friends to this disease and it makes me so happy to finally hear this news confirmed from reputable sources. I’ve heard tell of it in bars and foreign news articles on the Web but now it looks like it’s really true. YAY

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Quartknee is an internationally beloved author, storied entertainer, and legendary night-life impresario. He’s also a prominent aesthete and all around tall guy.
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Hello world! Hallo Wereld!

I first started blogging in 2002 and because this year began with a palindrome I thought it would be a good time to return to the medium after taking a few years’ hiatus. I’m using a different technology now so I can’t include all the older material so in many ways 2011 is a fresh start for me and for Quartknee.com

Quartknee is an internationally beloved author, storied entertainer, and legendary night-life impresario. He’s also a prominent aesthete and all around tall guy.