The Fabulous Sylvester

The Legend, the Music, the Seventies in San Francisco

Joshua Gamson

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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.

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Praise for The Fabulous Sylvester

"The Fabulous Sylvester is a well written, touching, dignified biography of a gay, black diva who never really fit into any minority but managed to achieve his dreams of stardom. Now that's what I call a man."--John Waters

"[A] superbly written, wildly entertaining, frequently hilarious, and finally bittersweet saga."--Time Out New York

"Delightful . . . I'm not sure I've ever read an account of a life that has so much sheer joy, raffishness, and humor on each page. . . . As fables go, this is a good one."--Newsday

"[Gamson's] prose is playful and furious . . . putting the singer's story into sociological context [and capturing] the astonishing scope of AIDS with grace and indignation."--Entertainment Weekly

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Joshua Gamson

Joshua Gamson teaches at the University of San Francisco. He is the author of Freaks Talk Back: Tabloid Talk Shows and Sexual Nonconformity and Claims to Fame: Celebrity in Contemporary America. He lives in Oakland, California.

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The Fabulous Sylvester
The Legend, the Music, the Seventies in San Francisco
Joshua Gamson

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ALA Stonewall Book Award - Winner, Lambda Literary Award - Nominee

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Trade Paperback
Picador
January 2006
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312425692
ISBN10: 0312425694
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages, Includes 16 pages of black-and-white photographs
$19.00

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Henry Holt and Co.
July 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466850163
ISBN10: 1466850167
336 pages, Includes 16 pages of black-and-white photographs
$7.99
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