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The fabulous Sylvester : the legend, the music, the seventies in San Francisco

Author: Joshua Gamson
Publisher: New York : H. Holt, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A journey back through the music, madness, and unparalleled freedom of an era of change-the '70s-as told through the life of ultra-fabulous superstar Sylvester. Imagine a pied piper singing in a dazzling falsetto, wearing glittering sequins, and leading the young people of the nation to San Francisco and on to liberation where nothing was straight-laced or old-fashioned. And everyone, finally, was welcome-to come as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Sylvester; Sylvester; Sylvester.; Sylvester
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joshua Gamson
ISBN: 0805072500 9780805072501
OCLC Number: 56413833
Notes: Includes index.
Awards: American Library Association Stonewall Book Award, 2006
Description: 306 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Joshua Gamson.
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A journey back through the music, madness, and unparalleled freedom of an era of change-the '70s-as told through the life of ultra-fabulous superstar Sylvester. Imagine a pied piper singing in a dazzling falsetto, wearing glittering sequins, and leading the young people of the nation to San Francisco and on to 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. Joshua Gamson-a Yale-trained pop culture expert-uses him, a boy who would be fabulous, to lead us through the story of the '70s when a new era of change liberated us from conformity and boredom. Gamson captures the exuberant life, feeling, energy, and fun of a generation's wonderful, magical waking up-from the parties to the dancing and music. The story begins with a little black boy who started with nothing but a really big voice. We follow him from the Gospel chorus to the glory days in the Castro where a generation shook off its shame as Sylvester sang and began his rise as part of a now-notorious theatrical troup called the Cockettes. Celebrity, sociology, and music history mingle and merge around this endlessly entertaining story of a singer who embodied the freedom, spirit, and flamboyance of a golden moment in American culture.

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