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

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

Label
The fabulous Sylvester : the legend, the music, the seventies in San Francisco
Title
The fabulous Sylvester
Title remainder
the legend, the music, the seventies in San Francisco
Statement of responsibility
Joshua Gamson
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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
Summary
The 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
Tone
Writing style
Award
Stonewall Book Award for the Israel Fishman Non-fiction Award, 2006.
Awards note
American Library Association Stonewall Book Award, 2006
Biography type
individual biography
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163348
Cataloging source
SCR
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1962-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gamson, Joshua
Dewey number
  • 782.42164092
  • 920
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sylvester
  • Singers
  • Disco musicians
  • Disco music
  • Sylvester
  • Disco music
  • Disco musicians
  • Singers
  • California
  • United States
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the legend, the music, the seventies in San Francisco
Label
The fabulous Sylvester : the legend, the music, the seventies in San Francisco, Joshua Gamson
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm65192585
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st Picador ed.
Extent
306 p.
Isbn
9780312425692
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)65192585
Label
The fabulous Sylvester : the legend, the music, the seventies in San Francisco, Joshua Gamson
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm65192585
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st Picador ed.
Extent
306 p.
Isbn
9780312425692
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)65192585

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