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In A Night at the Sweet Gum Head, journalist Martin Padgett tells Atlanta’s overlooked queer history during the disco decade

In A Night at the Sweet Gum Head, released this month by W.W. Norton, journalist Martin Padgett sutures this context into the accounts of two main subjects: Bill Smith, who helped lead the Georgia Gay Liberation Front, worked as a city commissioner, and published the South’s leading gay newspaper, the Barb; and John Greenwell, who rose to drag stardom performing as Rachel Wells at the Sweet Gum Head nightclub.
Atlanta through six decades: 2010s

60 years of covering Atlanta: The 2010s

The city booms after the bust, the South more powerfully confronts its past, Stacey Abrams plans a progressive revolution, Josef Martinez is king, and Staplehouse emerges.
Atlanta through six decades: 2000s

60 years of covering Atlanta: The 2000s

The city was full of bravado in the days before the Great Recession. Plus, water woes, John Lewis, a spelling bee, Hurricane Katrina, our first guide to Buford Highway, and more.
Atlanta through six decades: 1990s

60 years of covering Atlanta: The 1990s

A dig through our archives unearthed a cinematic rendering of Georgia just before the turn of the millennium, including our first review of bacchanalia, politics and the CDC, Wayne Williams, Richard Jewell, LaFace Records, Marla Maples, and more.
Atlanta through six decades: 1980s

60 years of covering Atlanta: The 1980s

The decade of big hair and big schemes
Atlanta through six decades: 1970s

60 years of covering Atlanta: The 1970s

From soccer to women in the workplace, a glimpse into 1970s Atlanta
Atlanta through six decades: 1960s

60 years of covering Atlanta: The 1960s

The era was nothing if not optimistic. Our early days as a Chamber of Commerce publication.
The 1970s: Atlanta predictions for 2000

In 1973, we predicted what Atlanta would be like in 2000

Nearly five decades ago, Atlanta magazine devoted an entire issue to predicting what life would be like in the year 2000. These were some of our most accurate—and most absurd—guesses.
U.S. Capitol innsurrection 1906 Atlanta Race Riots

To understand the mob violence at the U.S. Capitol, remember the 1906 Atlanta Race Riot

Rage is uncontrolled lashing out at a perceived injustice. The mob in Atlanta acted out of grievances fueled by false claims from politicians and media. So did the mob in Washington D.C.
Dave Hayward Atlanta

Remembering Atlanta Pride’s radical roots (or why early organizers got thrown out of gay bars)

Activist Dave Hayward recalls his time with the Georgia Gay Liberation Front in the early 1970s.

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