Category: 1986

Keith Haring, Grace Jones, Fela Kuti, and Jean Michel Basquiat at Mr. Chow in New York City, 1986.

Photos by Andy Warhol  


Keith Haring painting an outdoor mural with school children in Phoenix, Arizona, 1986.

Photos by Tseng Kwong Chi


The book The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star chronicles Nikki Sixx’s life 1986-1987. During this period

Denise “Vanity” Matthews

was Nikki’s girlfriend, and often mentioned in his diaries. In 1987, they were briefly engaged. It was a toxic relationship, they enabled each others’ drug abuse.

On meeting Vanity, Nikki says he was doing cocaine and watching MTV with a pal, pointing out girls he’d like to get to know better, when he spotted Vanity on screen. A call to the


office and he tracked down her phone number—common dating procedure for Sixx. She invited him over. When she “opened the door naked, with her eyes going around in her head,” he had “a feeling that we just might hit it off.”

Diary entry from January 1987:

Vanity came and went during different periods of my addiction. She was a wild black chick who had sung with Prince: she’d also been his lover for a while. At the time I thought of Vanity as a disposable human being, like a used needle. Once its purpose was fulfilled it was ready for the trash, only to be dug up if you were really desperate…We became drug buddies: sometimes, you could even just about call us boyfriend and girlfriend. Vanity also taught me how to really freebase: the first time I based was with Tommy when Mötley just started and only a few times after that. So up until then, I’d been mostly snorting or injecting. But as soon as she showed me the real ins and outs of cooking up a good rock…it was love. 

Not her. The drug.


Sylvester Stallone and his wife Brigitte Nielsen in Copenhagen, Denmark on August 28, 1986.


Madonna photographed by Herb Ritts for Vanity Fair, December 1986.


Eric Clapton, Chuck Berry and Keith Richards at Chuck Berry’s Los Angeles home during the filming of Taylor Hackford’s documentary “Hail! Hail! Rock n Roll” in 1986.


Whitney Houston and Apollonia Kotero at the 13th Annual American Music Awards at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on January 27, 1986.

Whitney won Favorite Soul/R&B Single for “You Give Good Love” and Favorite Soul/R&B for “Saving All My Love for You.”


Sylvester Stallone and his wife Brigitte Nielsen outside the Carlyle Hotel in New York City on August 22, 1986.

Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielsen at Billy Wilder’s New Year’s Eve party on December 31, 1986.


Jon Voight attends the 58th Annual Academy Awards with children

Angelina Jolie Voight and James Haven Voight, and his mother Barbara Voight at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles on March 24, 1986.