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The Fabulous Sylvester The Legend, The Music, The Seventies In San Francisco (Paperback)

Author:  Joshua Gamson
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0312425694
ISBN-13: 9780312425692
Sku: 31293736
Publish Date: 1/24/2006
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.5L x 1T
Pages:  306
Age Range:  NA
The personal story of the 1970s disco singer relates his humble origins, his early days as a chorus singer and member of the notorious Cockettes theatrical group, and the flamboyant energy and changing lifestyles that shaped his career. By the author of Freaks Talk Back. Reprint. 10,000 first printing. *Author: Gamson, Joshua *Subtitle: The Legend, The Music, The Seventies In San Francisco *Publication Date: 2006/03/26 *Number of Pages: 306 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.50
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Imagine a pied piper singing in falsetto, wearing sequins, and leading the young people of the nation to San Francisco and on to a liberation where nothing was straight-laced or old-fashioned. And everyone, finally, was welcome--to come as themselves. This is not a fairy tale. This was real, mighty real, and disco-sensation Sylvester was the piper.

Yale-trained sociologist Joshua Gamson uses Sylvester's life to lead us through the story of the 1970s, when a generation took off its shame. Celebrity, sociology, and music history mingle in this endlessly entertaining story of a singer who embodied the freedom, spirit, and flamboyance of a golden moment in American culture.
Though he was best known as a disco artist, the singer Sylvester, who died of AIDS in 1988, got his first introduction to performing in the late 1960s as one of a group of young gay black Los Angeles teenagers called the Disquotays, later graduating up to become a member of the outrageous San Francisco performance art troupe the Cockettes. Joshua Gamson's biography of one of the disco era's most memorable figures conjures the heady atmosphere of pre-AIDS 1970s San Francisco, with its bathhouses, non-stop partying, and hedonistic sexual adventures, and Sylvester's starring role in the constantly evolving drama.


"Gamson...writes crisp, smart prose and has done a great job of bringing to life someone who was never really a major star....Still, by the time you've seen our fabulous hero waste away to nothing, you'll feel something important has been lost." 09/30/2005

Publishers Weekly
"Gamson's...extensively researched volume is a vibrant and moving oral biography....Seventeen years after his death, this gay icon gets the celebratory biography he deserves." 01/10/2005

Entertainment Weekly
"Gamson writes about the singer's offbeat life in San Francisco with the excitement of an archaeologist screaming 'Eureka!' at every turn; his prose is playful and furious." 03/04/2005

Kirkus Reviews
"Worshipful...engaging and sometimes surprisingly insightful." 01/01/2005

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