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

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-01-24
  • Publisher: Picador

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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.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Get Ready for Mep. 1
Like an Angel Come Down, Honeyp. 14
Sequins at Noonp. 41
Jaded Ladyp. 61
Big City Bluesp. 72
Scratch My Flowerp. 88
Sundays at the Elephant Walkp. 106
I Feel Realp. 134
Flame (On the Dance Floor)p. 155
Everybody Is Onep. 168
Sell My Soulp. 184
Living on the Legendp. 202
What's a Queen to Do?p. 221
Why Don't You Take Mep. 241
The Red Kimonop. 261
Notesp. 273
Acknowledgmentsp. 291
Indexp. 295
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