Jim Fouratt has been a history maker, nightlife entrepreneur, professional actor, pop culture critic, writer and political activist for his entire life.
In the 1960's, Jim was a member of the Open Theater, performed at Café Cino, LaMama ETC, trained with Lee Strasberg, joined Actors Equity, made his Broadway debut in The Freaking Out Of Stephanie Blake, and appeared SAG features and TV series. He was elected by membership to regional position In AEA . In 1965, he was arrested in the first anti-Vietnam War demonstration held in NYC's Times Square in 1965, forever changing his politics.
In the 1960s too, Jim was hired by Clive Davis at Columbia Records to interface with its roster of artists, which included Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, Santana, Laura Nyro, Miles Davis and Sly Stone, among others.
In 1969 Jim was a witness to, and participant in The Stonewall Rebellion which marked the birth of the modern day LGBT Movement. Jim also was a co-founded the Yippies, The Gay Liberation Front, and was a founding board member of the New York Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center.
In the late 1970s and '80s Jim Fouratt changed nightlife forever, founding Hurrah, Danceteria, the new Peppermint Lounge, Pop Front, and reworking Studio 54, booking artists as diverse as REM, the B-52's, Diamanda Galas, Gang of Four, the Human League, Joe Jackson, Pylon, Philip Glass, and the Go Go's.
Jim was an early AIDS activist as a co-founder of HEAL (1982) and later a founding member of Act Up.
In the early 90's co-hosted the morning show on WBAI , moved to Santa Monica to become National Publicity Director of Rhino.. Returned to NYC to become Sr Vice President of A&R for Mercury Records.
He was a guest on both the Charlie Rose and the Stephen Colbert shows
Jim Fouratt has lived in Greenwich Village since the 1960's A long-time neighborhood activist, he has fought tirelessly for the community. Inspired by Jane Jacobs, he sought limits on rezoning, protection of arts organizations , campaigned for real affordable housing for both middle class and seniors on fixed income and open, usable, parks and funded public schools. An outspoken critic of Hydro-fracking, active in both Occupy Wall Street and Occupy the Pipeline.He was a founding member of the Coalition to Save a Hospital (St Vincent's) and has testified innumerable times at City Council hearings and Community Board 2 public sessions He has voted in every single election since he came of age. And recently gun control has become a focus.
Jim was the founding editor of New Times ; has written for numerous publication including Rolling Stone, Village Voice, Billboard, Hits, Spin, Attitude and Gay City News and is currently the Film, Music and Media editor of Westview News, He is also an active blogger.
Jim has said: "We may not agree but if you engage me, you will at least know where I actually stand on an issue. Don't believe the hype or false spin... better yet, talk to me directly to learn what I think of an issue... I will make myself accessible to all."