The Fabulous Sylvester

The Legend, the Music, the Seventies in San Francisco

Joshua Gamson

Henry Holt and Co.

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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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Joshua Gamson

Joshua Gamson is a professor of sociology 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 formerly taught at Yale. 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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Henry Holt and Co.
July 2013
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ISBN: 9781466850163
ISBN10: 1466850167
336 pages, Includes 16 pages of black-and-white photographs
$7.99

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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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