The Dilly : A History of the Piccadilly Rent Boy Scene, Paperback Book

The Dilly : A History of the Piccadilly Rent Boy Scene Paperback


A previously undocumented slice of London's underground sexualhistory, and its influence upon artists from Oscar Wilde to Francis Baconand the Stonesto MorrisseyPiccadilly Circushas long been London's principal location for selling sex and this is the first book to really explore the history of male prostitution at "The Dilly." Dating from Oscar Wilde's notorious use of the location for pick-ups through to Francis Bacon's equal attraction to rough trade and right up to recent history, this is apioneering piece of counterculture history.

Employing a flair foracute visual imagery, the authormaps out Soho's submerged gay clubs and drinking-rooms in the decades before de-criminalization.

This is followed by the new masculinity advocated by the Mod look in the 1960s, the influence of the place on rock and pop stars such as the Stones, Marc Almond, and Morrissey (all of whom themed songs on the subject) and the book closes in the 1990s, when online male escorts replaced rent boys on the Piccadilly railing.An exhilaratingly colorful recreation of the illegal occupation of one of London' s central commercial zones by lawless Dilly boys, this history is augmented by first-hand interviews with rent boys who worked the meat-rack in the 1970s as well as a chapter recording the author's personal friendship with the artist Francis Bacon."


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Social & cultural history
  • ISBN: 9780720615890



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