RIP James Stone: Nightlife Innovator Is Dead
James was an imposing figure, brawny and tall, pierced and tattooed, with facial features that might be described as serious. But those who knew him loved his big heart, and he had a sweetness and soft-spoken manner that was oddly comforting even in wild atmospheres. He took what he did very seriously, and that's what made him good at it. He had great taste in music, a tremendous eye for details and a passion for throwing events and bringing people together, particularly people who were considered misfits or freaks.
Providing homosexual, polysexual and straight nightlife enthusiasts a welcome and safe environment may be his greatest legacy, but his clubs could also be appreciated solely for the flamboyant fashion or the innovative dance sounds. His legacy lives in the modern club scene, which mixes sexualities, musical genres, provocative style sensibilities.
In fact, the aesthetics he helped popularize have today become mainstream, exemplified by artists like Lady Gaga and Marilyn Manson. Alternative lifestyles -- like S&M -- are prevalent in film and even best-selling books, like Fifty Shades of Grey. Stone put it all out there at a time when doing so meant risking failure, judgement or worse. He will be sorely missed both by friends and fans in the nightlife community.