Antony and The Johnsons
This New York-based chamber cabaret outfit is led by the striking, androgynous figure of singularly named performance artist Antony (b. Antony Hegarty). In 1995 he assembled a backing group, the self-styled Antony and the Johnsons. The group built up a cult following at hip New York clubs such as the Kitchen and Knitting Factory, but their debut album Blue Angel remained unreleased until current 93 leader David Tibet signed Antony and the Johnsons to his Durtro label. The cast list of musicians on the album, released under the title Antony and the Johnsons in 1998, included transsexual artist Baby Dee (harp), Francois Gehin (bass), Todd Cohen (drums), Charles Neilson (guitar), and a number of string and woodwind players. In 2004, Antony and the Johnsons signed a new recording contract with the Indiana-based label Secretly Canadian, completing work on their second album “I Am A Bird Now” by the end of 2004. Antony has also filmed cameo roles in the movies "Animal Factory" and "Wilde Side".
Directed by Joie Iacono featuring footage of the "Pink Lady" by James Elaine.
Antony and The Johnsons is featured in Edition: Refresh!