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I am stunned and horribly saddened by the untimely death of our beloved Adam Goldstone at Burning Man earlier this week. If you didn't know Adam, he was that extremely natty, brilliant, funny DJ around town. He worked everywhere from Click + Drag to nowhere to Love and the moving party Intervention. He was "mista bitch" on these boards.

He had been a frequent Time Out contributor (and I believe Nightlife Editor) during the last half of the Nineties and remained a tireless proponent of the Creative Night, the small budget, the "in joke".

So many memories: Our unforgettable taxi ride to and participation in the SENSATION protests in 1999 Giuliani New York outside the Brooklyn Museum, dressed to the Nines. My own Last Dance at the closing of Jackie 60, with Adam and Johanna Constantine, in the Versailles Room, to Donna Summer's "Last Dance". Giggling at the "timing gwen" in the front row of City Hall hearings on the Cabaret Laws a few years ago, his cameo as Mr. Goldstone in Jackie 60's demented "What Ever Happened to Gypsy Rose Lee?"

WHEREVER there was a scene, homegrown and witty and most of all INTERESTING, that's where you'd find him. And that's where, I like to think, he'll remain.

Please add your own stories or memories of Adam here. As we get details on his cause of death or memorial services we will leave them here.

RIP, Little Brother.
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For once on the boards I am at a loss for words. I just fled from my office after this news as i just couldn't deal with any stupid shit today. Jeez am just gutted and in shock.
Some of ya might know how much a luved that bloke... what a unique, fascinating character. Adorable, bright, intelligent, whimsical. Luvs ya loads and loads Adam....x
What we know so far about the circumstances around his death.

He was at Burning Man, which he looks forward to all year.
He fell and hit his head, thought he was okay, then a few hours later went into a seizure and died.

This is being looked into by the Reno police. I was just talking with Paula, the Swedish Housewife, about the logistics of that, a dead body at Burning Man. We agreed that Adam would want to go in The Burn at the climax.
What a great guy and a terrible shock. I just saw him at Motherfucker recently and he was as warm as ever though I hadnt seen him in years. I remember his party at Jackie 60 for a gay clone parody record he did - it was very funny and so was his show. One night we had a Jack Daniels drinking contest and for 2 little guys we really put it away.

Condolences to his extended family here and to his blood family wherever they may be.
Other than through his glorious talents and that those who care for this gem of a man are certainly a reflection of his beauty, it is through these Boards and a few nights out over the years that I know him. Thus we have a premature darkening of a wondrous light in this city. My heart goes out to all of Adam's family and friends, may he rest in peace.
Thank you for remembering that!

The night was called "Up All Night, Can't Make The Gym" (named after one of Adam's records).
It was Adam's reaction to the shirtless gay drug addicted clones from Chelsea.
The stage set was the David Barton Gym locker room. There even was (if I say so myself) a genius method go go performance by David Barton and I.

Adam performed "Up All Night". It was such a fun night.

Luckily it was captured for the Jackie 60 Movie. I saw some rough cuts of it, it is hysterical.

Adam had such a great sense of humor.
I had forgoten about "Up All Night, Can't Make The Gym".
Thanks again Stinger.
it's so unfair an important person in the dance community gone forever, it wasn't his time his work was not done here we miss you so much adam goodbye our friend - a

I first met Adam in 1989 at Love Machine.. we both used to hang out in the dj booth, I was taking pictures & he was learning. I probably met him before then and didn't notice him and then I would see him more often at all the good parties and we knew the same people. over the years I saw him develop into this very stylish guy that would become a key part of the scene, throwing his own parties and djing while always paying homage to those who inspired him. He was talented musically and was also a fantastic writer and wrote for our website on our jackie60/mothernyc tribute at the request of lady a. When you saw Adam at a party, you knew you were at the right place! Will miss Him. - t.
I, too, am stunned and shocked by the news. Adam and I first met when I was doing "Disco Interruptus" in 1990 at the Roxy... he was working a daytime office position there, just out of college. He was a brilliant, intelligent man-- a great DJ and musician, a wonderful writer, a perennial wit and he truely had a heart of gold. He would pop up in the oddest of places and at the most diverse parties and had the sharpest of minds--nothing escaped his notice. I always enjoyed any few minutes of conversation with him-- whether it was on the street or in a noisy nightclub. Although we might not see each other for a couple of months at a time, we would always pick up right where we left off, and I always have considered him a very good friend... I will miss him incredibly.
I am glad, however, that he left this world as he was doing the kinds of things he enjoyed-- whether or not he actually had made it into Burning Man-- while experiencing the many parameters of creative energy and always retaining that almost innocent sense of wonder about it all. Rest in peace, Mr. Goldstone!
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sad....... the last time I saw Adam was almost 1 year ago, we spent most of the night talking about burning man, he had just returned and was showing me photos on his camera, and trying to convince me to attend. He was very passionate about it and said that it had changed his life.

Somehow the fact that he crossed over at burning man puts me at ease, this was his journey, he followed his heart, and finally returned home.

Adam, thank you for your sweetness, wit, and endless curiosity.... I love you...

Thank you for letting us know about Adams myspace we often wondered why he wasn't on it Smile we put up a bulletin Sept 3rd for him on our

Sep 3, 2006 1:04 AM
Subject: To Our Friend Adam Goldstone...
Body: Adam passed away August 29, 2006 doing what he loved, attending the yearly Burning Man event he talked about often and encouraged us to go. He was at a place he wanted to be. We have known Adam since the early 1990's, he would always be at the same parties as us. An amazing DJ/Producer and Writer he was stylish and smart and an Important Person in the Dance Community.
Adam came to New York in 1988 and lived in the Lower East Side. Adam made everyone he knew feel special. We will miss Adam terribly.

Adam Goldstone Lower East Stories
on Nuphonic Records
also - aka Tiny Trendies "The Sky Is Not Crying"
& Cultural Mambo "Docking In Outer Space"
Via email, from Bruce Tantum @ Time Out.


By now, all of you have heard the very sad news regarding our beloved Adam Goldstone. There will be a number of forthcoming events to commemorate his life and times, of course. We'll be spreading the word regarding those, but for now, Adam's parents have suggested that in lieu of flowers or anything like that, donations be made in Adam's name to either the New York Civil
Liberties Union
or the Black Rock Arts Foundation, the organization behind Burning Man

Some of Adam's friends have also suggested another option: Loisaida, Inc, a
community-based organization from his beloved Lower East Side.

This little "friends of Adam" e-mail list I've compiled is woefully incomplete thus far, so if you could forward this to Adam's compatriots,
that would be very much appreciated.

We will all be in touch....


Bruce Tantum
Clubs editor
Time Out NY
Im still in such shock about this. Adam was SO supportive of my work and me. I cant believe he is no longer with us. I have always been grateful to him for all the attention he gave to click. I found him to be such a great presence in nightlife. Although I will miss him terribly, I do get comfort knowing that he was at one of the greatest parties on the globe doing what he loved.
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East Village D.J. dies at Burning Man festival

By Lincoln Anderson

Adam Goldstone, a well-known East Village D.J., was getting ready to do what he loved best, spin records, when he fainted in his RV at the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert last Tuesday and died shortly afterwards. He was 37.
According to his father, Jerry Goldstone, the cause of death was heart arrhythmia stemming from a delayed effect of a congenital condition that had been fixed when he was a child.

His father said the coroner found no immediate apparent cause of death, so it had to have been his heart.

Anu Kalyanam, 30, a friend from the New York Burning Man community who didn't attend this year's festival, said she got a call from a mutual friend Tuesday night telling her Goldstone had died.

Goldstone had arrived the day before on the first day of the festival and had set up camp.

"I believe he was camped with the New York people," Kalyanam said. "They said he had been working on the playa [the alkali dust-covered basin Burning Man takes place on] and hit his head on some rebar, then slipped again and started convulsing." Goldstone reportedly was in his camper's shower when he fainted. She said she was told medics arrived and treated Goldstone, but couldn't save him.

His father said he was told Goldstone "” who was very particular about his clothes "” refused to put on a pair of normal pants he was offered in his final moments, saying, "Oh that will never do," which may have been his last words. Goldstone always wore pants with narrow legs.

Goldstone came to New York City from San Francisco in 1987 to attend film school at New York University and never left. Instead of film, though, after a try at promoting club parties, he got into D.J.'ing.

Cultivating a progressive, edgy style, he played a wide range of music with equal flair, from house and electronic to Latin and jazz. He spun at any venue "” he didn't care which, as long as he was at the turntables "” from East Village hole in the walls to major music festivals with crowds of tens of thousands like the Detroit Electronic Music Festival in 2003. He frequently played in Europe and had a regular gig D.J.'ing every other month in London.

Locally, he D.J.'d early on at Save the Robots and Destination Lounge. Most recently, he was performing regularly at Speakeasy, a small, second-floor club with an unmarked door on Avenue C at Ninth St.; Love at W. Eighth and MacDougal Sts.; Sapphire Lounge on Eldridge St. and Cafeteria in Chelsea, among others.

Known for his cutting wit, Goldstone was also a writer. He was an assistant editor at Dance Music Review until it folded in 1993, then club editor for Time Out New York magazine from 1993 to 1998. He left Time Out to focus on making an album of eclectic dance music, "Lower East Side Stories," released in October 2001 on Nuphonic, a now-defunct English label. In an interview after the album's release, Goldstone described it as "all over the map musically, from salsa to hip-hop to house to ambient nonsense."

His earlier single "The Sky Is not Crying" is considered a house-music classic.

Dressing sharply and the dance scene go hand in hand. Goldstone was known for a tailored, mod look, and he liked to wear cravats. But "” in keeping with his strict vegetarianism "” he shunned leather shoes. His mother, Linda, noted that he even refused to eat her yams with melted marshmallows at Thanksgiving after he discovered marshmallows contain gelatin.

Politically left of center, he never shopped at chain stores or bought his coffee at Starbucks, his friends said, though adding he never forced his strongly held beliefs on others.

Fluent in Japanese, he made three trips there during his college years, once staying for six months.
On Labor Day, Goldstone's parents stopped by his E. Ninth St. apartment, where they were joined by several friends of his. Standing on the sidewalk across from the Ninth and C Garden with its willow trees rustling lightly in the afternoon breeze, they shared their memories of him.

"He came to New York University as a freshman and fell in love with New York," said his mother, a potter. "He said New York never closed "” unlike San Francisco."

"He'd come home and say San Francisco was very boring," added his father, a vascular surgeon. "He took to fast-moving, competitive New York."

A friend, Vanessa Watters, 23, said Goldstone's understanding of music was encyclopedic.

"He had the most amazing knowledge of music," she said. "He had like two rooms of records. And if you named a song, he'd go and find it."

Watters said during the last year, police raided Love several times on Saturday nights when Goldstone was D.J.'ing his regular 10 p.m.-to-10 a.m. party, including an after-hours segment. The club was a target of noise complaints. She said sometimes Goldstone would just keep playing music as police turned on the lights and searched for violations with their flashlights.

"Adam was my favorite D.J. "” ever," said Andy Reynolds, a music publicist. "He could do everything "” from a whole night of Brazilian to techie house. He was really all over the board. Technically, he was very good. He could do flawless mixes." Known for his charm, Goldstone was popular on the nightlife scene, Watters and Reynolds said, noting he was pals with Lady Bunny and other high-profile drag queens.

"If I wanted to go out, I'd go with him," Reynolds said of Goldstone.

Lamenting how churches are being replaced by university dormitories, Reynolds added, "He was horrified about what was happening in the East Village."

His father said Goldstone has been cremated, and they haven't decided what will be done with his ashes. He leaves a younger sister, Lara, of Los Angeles, and brother, Stefan, of San Francisco.

"He lived a full life," his father said, "and he died doing what he loved doing."

Watters said his friends already had one party in the East Village over the weekend in memory of him. There will be a bigger one.

"He believed in party to the end," she said. "He would want to go out with a bang."
Fly Life in Today VILLAGE VOICE
Eulogies for Fabulousness
Two club legends, Willi Ninja and Adam Goldstone, pass in the same week

by Tricia Romano
September 12th, 2006 1:19 PM

Adam Goldstone, way ahead of the curve
photo: Tricia Romano
See also:
R.I.P., Willi Ninja
The legendary vogueing star of 'Paris is Burning,' age 45, passed away on September 2, 2006
Fly Life Gallery: by Tricia Romano

When voguing legend Willi Ninja and house music DJ-producer Adam Goldstone, both longtime fixtures in the downtown club scene, died two weeks ago, they left two very unique but loosely connected legacies.
Ninja"”made famous in Paris Is Burning, Jennie Livingston's monumental 1990 documentary about gay drag balls"”died Saturday, September 2, three years after an HIV diagnosis; in the end, the famous dancer had lost his sight and become paralyzed. But that didn't stop him from being fabulous. "He was weak, but let me tell you, he was running the show," says Livingston, recalling how his acolytes did his hair in the hospital room.

Ninja himself had worked hard to take care of his mother, Esther Leake, 70, a wheelchair-bound woman suffering from Parkinson's. (Benefits to help support her now are currently in the works.) One of Ninja's best friends, fellow dancer Archie Burnett, says that Ninja was always grateful that his mother took him to the ballet and the Apollo, which inspired him to become a dancer; taking care of her pushed him to work even harder. "In New York City, it's very about 'What have you done lately?' " Burnett says. "In Europe, it's 'What have you done?' That's good enough."

Like most independent artists, Ninja did not have health care. "You can make a film about people that reveals their uniqueness and splendor"”that's a wonderful thing, but it doesn't change the underlying inequalities," Livingston says.

Goldstone's death Tuesday, August 29, was unexpected and shocking. The 37-year-old had traveled to Burning Man with local DJs Small Change and DJ Shakey (Jim Dier and Julie Covello, respectively); shortly after the trio split up upon arriving, he collapsed in the shower and died of heart failure soon thereafter. Goldstone had a congenital heart defect, which required two operations as an infant.

As a producer, Goldstone was best known for the song "The Sky Is Not Crying," released under the moniker Tiny Trendies. Goldstone's recordings on esteemed house label Nuphonic gave him buzz and gigs, as did his quintessential studio record, Lower East Side Stories, which M3 festival co-founder David Prince called "a real classic from a classic New York guy."

Goldstone had moved to New York from San Francisco to study film at NYU in the late '80s but dropped out, perhaps sidetracked by his new obsession, dance music. He worked as clubs editor at Time Out before handing it off to best friend Bruce Tantum. When not playing overseas, he'd play local haunts such as the infamous after-hours club Save the Robots, the Sapphire Lounge, and Love, where he had a party with Tantum called Whoville.

He was a musical purist regarding New York nightlife. "He envisioned it being like the mid '80s, from Paradise Garage up through Jackie 60, the last party he really loved in New York," Tantum says. "Like the rest of us, he despised the whole bottle service thing. His whole goal was to try and bring that feeling back. It was frustrating to him to no end that he couldn't do so."

Steven Lewis, the former club director for notorious nightspots like Life, fired and rehired Goldstone many times. "Adam Goldstone was often difficult," he recalls. "As a DJ he played B sides before all the rest, and he was often satisfied when he cleared a room. He'd tell me, 'I didn't want those people to be comfortable anyway.' He'd point to the 10 or 15 remaining trendies and explain that they were far more important to please. I'd agree. Then he'd clear them out too. Still, I'd bring him back because he was way ahead of the curve. I'm real sad now because there's one less artist trying to be an atlas."

Younger brother Stefan Goldstone (a/k/a DJ Sake 1) says that Adam enormously influenced his musical education, showing him that house and hip-hop shared roots. He regrets that in the last few years they weren't as close, a standoff born of a long-ago rift both were too stubborn to repair. "It was weird, walking in his shadow as a little brother," Stefan says. "Now, I'm having a broader view. I'm really lucky to walk in his shadow, because his shadow was such an amazing one."

Goldstone was also known for his impeccable fashion sense and razor-sharp wit. With reddish-brown hair, the lanky DJ was often seen strolling around his East Village neighborhood wearing clothes by designer Paul Smith, with an ever present ascot tied around his neck. His jaunty style became such a trademark DJ Larry Tee wore an ascot all weekend in honor of Adam; Tantum says that at Burning Man, they threw an Adam Goldstone tribute party, where "everybody fashioned pieces of cloth into ascots."

This strictness didn't end with his taste in clothing or music. "You could say he was a man of standards," Covello says. "He had arranged to pick up a bike from an independent repair person rather than a chain store. He strongly urged us not to shop at the Wal-Mart, ate a vegetarian lunch, had meticulously prepared a large CD book for his gigs at the festival, debated at length about which single-malt scotch to buy for the week, and all the while profiled in his custom-tailored safari outfit."

Indeed Tantum and Goldstone's father both relay what were supposedly his last words. When he fell for the second time shortly after arriving at Burning Man, his friends slipped him into a pair of pants before rushing him to get medical attention. Goldstone took one look at their choice and said, "Oh, those won't do."

Longtime club maven Chi Chi Valenti remembered both fondly: "The weirdest thing is that these two people will forever be eulogized together, " she says. "The last time I saw [Willi] was at Motherfucker. I'm very glad that the last thing I saw him do was just dazzle an audience one last time. I still saw him as he wanted to be seen." She adds, "I danced my last dance with Adam, to (Donna Summer's) 'Last Dance,' at the last night of Jackie 60."

Ironically, just a few weeks before Goldstone left for Burning Man, he'd gone to visit Ninja in the nursing home. "Lo and behold, they were carrying on and cracking jokes," Archie Burnett says. Ninja's easygoing, accepting demeanor helped him become a success. It's one of the reasons Livingston felt so comfortable when filming Paris Is Burning. Burnett told stories of Willi performing impromptu on the streets of Paris or Amsterdam, sashaying down the street like it was a catwalkwith model Beverly Peel or climbing a rope that hung from the ceiling of a club and voguing from the rafters. "I thought, 'Boy is crazy, and on beat!' " Burnett laughs.

Until his death, Ninja outlived many of his co-stars in Paris Is Burning, including Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, Angie Extravaganza, and Avis Pendavis. At the end of the movie, the late Corey says, "You've left a mark on the world if you just get through it and a few people remember your name. You don't have to bend the whole world." But Adam Goldstone and Willi Ninja both did just that. R.I.P.
Mr. Goldstone, we love you! (apologies to Mr. Sondheim)
Seriously, though, I remember hearing the simple pleasurable sound of The Sky Is Not Crying (on John Digweed's Bedrock mix CD) and Just now put it on the CD player, Brings back lots of memories, great track. Even if I didn't know him, I am sorry to hear of his passing. Adam and Willi will be partying in Heaven, and I hope that we're all on the guest list when we are dragged there kicking and screaming whilst Father (or Mother)Time pulls us all but the hair. R.I.P.
I just thought of Adam today..... my ipod was on random play and hit the Peech boys as I plodded onto the pedestrian N train... it reminded me of this daft night chez Goldstone.. where I shouted out ole acts (that I listened to on import back in Liverpool)and Adam played on cue! "Peech Boys!" "Sharon Redd!" "Change!" , "Was Not Was!" ... it was a riot... and amused us both no end...... Am sure he's playing that very same 'game' with Larry Levan at this very moment! (or so I like to think!).
From Maurice Bernstein,
CEO, Giant Step:

A couple of months ago we were all shocked to hear about the untimely death of DJ, producer, night life icon and all around good friend, Adam Goldstone. He meant a lot to many of us in NY and around the world, from his editing of TONY club pages, his parties and most of all his unique personality. Adam's humor was dryer and stranger than anyone else I knew (a certain birthday gift he once gave me proved that). Well the time has come to truly pay tribute to Adam in the spirit that is befitting to him, great music, drag
queens and some debauchery thrown in for good measure. It is also a benefit for his family so if you knew Adam you don't want to miss it. But if you didn't know him, you'd still not want to miss it as I doubt anyone else can get all these freaks in one room.

The line up for the evening will feature:

Johnny Dynell (Jackie 60)
John Hall and Perry Brandston (Departure Lounge)
Bill Brewster (Lowlife, London & Last Night A DJ Saved My Life, author)
Bruce Tantum (Time Out NY)
DJ El Toro (The Bus Stop, Seattle WA)
DJ Sake-1 (Brother of Adam, San Francisco)

Plus! Performances by:
Chi Chi Valenti
Harmonica Sunbeam
The MGM Fan Dance Project with Dirty Martini, Julie Atlas Muz, Little Brooklyn and The Swedish Housewife - Debut!
+ Plenty of Surprises!

See ya there!

Maurice Bernstein,
CEO, Giant Step

Here is a link to buy tickets.


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BTW, am sure he won't mind my sharing this with the gang but I just got this note from Adam's dad with this updte....

Adam was cremated. His family thought that would be what he wanted. His ashes will be scattered at the two places he seemed to love the most: New York and at the Burning Man site in Nevada. We also plan to have some type of memorial established in Tomkins Square, probably a tree planted in his honor which will hopefully grow and provide a place for shade and comfort for many, many years. There is also a fountain in the center of that park surrounded by a circle of pavement stones and one (or more) will be dedicated to him. He was passionate about this park in his neighborhoob.Thank you for your concern.

Jerry Goldstone (Adam's father)
Adams family have dedicated a big old tree in Tompkins Sq park to him (more on WHICH tree it is later) another nice way to rememember him by. They have donated his huge and legendary record collection to the Archive of Contemporary Music Collection (Bob George).
I actually don't know much about this collection - does anyone?
Am sure Our Adam would be happy to see it go to a good home. Although, I must say I miss him playing me those K-Tel Rugby's greatest Hits collection that he sang along to me to make me feel a lil Blighty in the E.Vil.
I know the "Archive of Contemporary Music Collection" and Bob George. They are both fantastic.
That is a perfect place for Adam's music.
Bob George has been a saint, collecting and saving rare dance music for years.
God bless him.

Casanova and I go see Adam every day in the park (before his daily biscuit and kiss-fest at RAPTURE).
Casanova likes to pee on the corner of that monument where Adam's plaque is.
An Adam Goldstone tree would be even better to pee on!



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