Category: Studio 54

Grace Jones, 1986 Ph. Sam Bolton

Jay and Jed Johnson, 1969 Ph. Francesco Scavullo

Jay and Jed Johnson, 1969 Ph. Francesco Scavullo

Studio 54 Couch, 1979 Ph. Bill Bernstein

Jerry Hall, Debbie Harry and Paloma Picasso at Studio 54, 1978.

Grace Jones at the Billboard Disco Convention, New York, 1979, photographed by Ron Galella 

Portrait of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Madonna, by Maripol (1982).

Basquiat and Madonna dated in 1982/1983. Maripol knew them both independent of their relationship with one another. She knew Madonna prior as two of her closest friends were backup dancers for the musician. An artist herself, Maripol hung one of her first paintings for a Madonna performance at the Lucky Strike, and she, along with David Svitzer, made the pop star jewelry. 

Madonna & Martin Burgoyne (Studio 54 bartender and Madonna’s best friend during that time), 1983 photographed by Maripol.

Burgoyne and Madonna befriended each other before she became famous. They were roommates and he played a huge role in Madonna’s early career. He managed her first tour and drew the cover image of Madonna for her 1983 ‘Burning Up’ EP album cover. They partied with artists Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and others. He was raised in England and went to New York to study art at the Pratt Institute.

Madonna and Burgoyne also supported each other emotionally and financially during hard times — after she was raped and when Burgoyne contracted AIDS.

Burgoyne died in 1986 after battling that disease. He was 23. Madonna wrote a song about him called “In This Life” that was on her 1992 album ‘Erotica.’ 

Photos include Madonna & Martin as well as Burgoyne’s sketchbook.

Grace Jones at Studio 54 photographed by Adrian Boot – ca. 1981

Mitch Weissman,

Steven Tyler, Andy Warhol and Michael Jackson at the Beatlemania Party at Studio 54 on May 31, 1977.

Also pictured are Steve Rubell and Cherie Currie of The Runaways.