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

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

Joshua Gamson / Sep 18, 2019

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

  • Title: The Fabulous Sylvester: The Legend, the Music, the Seventies in San Francisco
  • Author: Joshua Gamson
  • ISBN: 9780312425692
  • Page: 243
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 sociologistImagine 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.

    FABULOUS SYLVESTER Joshua Gamson I love The Fabulous Sylvester The book arrived ahead of schedule and in perfect condition This is a book for anyone interested in the glittering disco era and the book encompasses all of the feeling of that era It is a bittersweet look at a magnificent singer who infused disco with gospel and hot buttered soul It is sad that he died so young. The Fabulous Sylvester The Legend, the Music, the The Fabulous Sylvester The Legend, the Music, the Seventies in San Francisco 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 The Fabulous Sylvester The Legend, the Music, the The Fabulous Sylvester The Legend, the Music, the Seventies in San Francisco Kindle edition by Joshua Gamson Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading The Fabulous Sylvester The Legend, the Music, the Seventies in San Francisco. Remembering the Fabulous Sylvester Hoodline The Fabulous Sylvester by Joshua Gamson Oakland based writer and USF professor, Joshua Gamson, has penned the definitive biography of Sylvester, The Fabulous Sylvester, found on the shelves of The Fabulous Sylvester The Legend, the Music, the The Fabulous Sylvester The Legend, the Music, the Seventies in San Francisco Joshua Gamson Feb , The Fabulous Sylvester The Legend the Music the Seventies in San Francisco 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 ever The Fabulous Sylvester NPR The Fabulous Sylvester NPR coverage of The Fabulous Sylvester The Legend, The Music, The Seventies In San Francisco by Joshua Gamson News, author interviews, critics picks and . The Fabulous Sylvester EW Mar , The Fabulous Sylvester Disco diva Sylvester an imposing androgyne who scored Top hits like You Make Me Feel Mighty Real in the late s was an almost indescribable figure the outr outfits, the high pitched falsetto, the sequined everything In The Fabulous Sylvester Joshua Gamson writes about the singer s offbeat life in San Francisco The fabulous Sylvester worldcat The fabulous Sylvester the legend, the music, the seventies in San Francisco Joshua Gamson A journey back through the music, madness, and unparalleled freedom of an era of change the s as told through the life of ultra fabulous superstar Sylvester. The Fabulous Sylvester The Legend, the Music, the Fabulous Sylvester The Legend, the Music, the Seventies in San Francisco by Joshua Gamson 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. Sylvester singer Sylvester singer Sylvester James Jr September , December , , who used the stage name of Sylvester, was an American singer songwriter Primarily active in the genres of disco, rhythm and blues, and soul, he was known for his flamboyant and

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    1. Reading Joshua Gamson's memoir of Sylvester was like entering a time machine back to the 70s, 80s. Sylvester's songs defined an era. You could not enter any gay bar or club during those years and not hear the tidal wave sound of his falsetto. I feel fortunate to have attended a memorable concert at the Backstreet Club in Atlanta circa 1981.Gamson paints a thorough, detailed portrait of the artist from his dysfunctional childhood discotay days in Los Angeles to dying too young of AIDS in San Fran [...]



    2. Excellent biography on a performer who was well ahead of his time. Quote: "Don't conceptualize me, I am the concept"


    3. The fact that I'm currently ridiculously obsessed with all things Sylvester almost tempts me into giving this biography five stars. It is a well-written volume, certainly, and I admire Joshua Gamson for doing his part in rescuing a San Francisco legend from the depths of obscurity. For the first few chapters, though, I was troubled at how much time he spent complimenting Sylvester, so much so that it seemed patronizing at times. Over the course of the book, though, it's clear that Gamson has goo [...]


    4. I waited three years for the publisher to put this book on Kindle, and wouldn't you know it, they gave me an early present. FINALLY, I got to read about one of my favorite singers!I miss Sylvester. I remember the first time I heard his live rendition of Patti LaBelle's You Are My Friend. He and the Two Tons o'Fun tore that song up and back. They sang the words off that song! Every time I hear it, I still get goosebumps. Sylvester was so ahead of his time and his early demise due to AIDS was just [...]


    5. I love drag queens. I love a man who knows how to beat his face, stomp down the street like a super model and wear a dress better than any woman alive. Sylvester had all of that going on and so much more. Sylvester was born with the gift of fabulosity and he knew it. From a young age it was apparent that he was gifted, he could sang and he knew how to dress either as a boy or a girl. He also knew he was gay from an early age and felt no shame in that. Sylvester knew himself and refused to let an [...]


    6. my curiosity for strategies to negotiate the white gay world led me to this. when its not feeling as exploitative as a selected reading for a sensitivity training, all of the contest to see how many times "glitter" and "sequin" can plausibly be made to occur on a page falls away and i'm able to get a glimpse of the strategy for living that was sylvester. this book is made for people who love love love his music (who else could endure the tedious lists attempting to recreate his outfits in prose) [...]


    7. A very moving and informative life of a brave human being and truly unique superstar. Gamson tells Sylvester's story with clarity, wry humor, and respect, weaving in with it the ebbing and flowing of San Francisco's freedom culture. Definitely recommended to readers who admire (in John Waters' phrase) "minorities who don't even fit in with their own minorities." I may have to donate it to my school's library. Thanks to Apop Records in St. Louis for carrying it!


    8. The best biography I've ever read. Joshua Gamson writes Sylvester's life not as an examination, but almost as if was an actual witness from birth to death. If you read this biography, I highly suggest that when an album is discussed, stop reading, listen to the album, go back to reading. Immerse yourself in it. Feel inspired. Feel the realness.


    9. This is a wonderful tribute to Sylvester and his musical legacy. It is detailed and competently written, if a bit gushing at times. Like most biographies of this type, it is written in linear fashion, starting with Sylvester's childhood and boyhood. This portion of a biography is often tedious to me, even though it gives all kinds of clues as to the life destiny of the subject. The book picks up momentum about a third of the way in, and I learned a lot about how Sylvester's career arc developed, [...]


    10. I'm sure you remember the hit 'You make me feel mighty real' but perhaps not the man with the falsetto voice who sang it. I vaguely remember a promotional film on Top of the Pops of a strange looking black man in shorts submerged behind plants - almost as if the director was trying to hide him. I think I'd heard he was a drag queen which in the seventies seemed something exotic and definitely not from Bedford where I grew up. A biography about Sylvester should have been an automatic five stars - [...]


    11. currently so obsessed with sylvester! i really enjoyed reading about the discotay days and the cockettes and all of Sylvester's flaming around town. its the kind of book that makes me proud of my hometown of san francisco for the amazing gay history there is here. i like that the book exposed the bullshit of the castro and makes no illusions about the general shittiness of the murder of Harvey Milk and Moscone, the AIDS epidemic, etc. i was raised to hate disco, but i have recently unleashed my [...]


    12. I think I was crying for the last forty pages as Sylvester's illness unfolded, which is a remarkable contrast to the first 40, in which I was entertained but also unsure of how this person, his music, his time would resonate with me personally. I'm impressed with what I imagine was a great deal of research and interviewing and transporting by the author into another person's life and being able to make it seem like you were there. There were many sentences that were a gift for thinking about fam [...]


    13. DO YOU WANNA FUNK? Other books have been written about the gay music and disco scene in New York but if you want to know what life was like in those heady days in San Francisco - from Sylvester's involvement with acid-drenched, Hippy freak-show, The Cockettes to the heights of his success as a gender-bent Disco Diva, with top 40 hits to the fatal low of his early demise from complications due to the AIDS virus. Meticulously researched and dishy as it is factual, this is a portrait of a creature [...]


    14. I can't believe I've neglected to add Joshua Gamson's "The Fabulous Sylvester" to my list of books. I read back when it was released in 2005 and was amazed by its thorough reporting and elegant writing. The beautiful opening chapter still sticks in my mind and I sometimes like to go back and look at it again; one of the best beginnings I've read in almost any biography. All throughout this book you will encounter an amazing ability to synthesize the facts of a life with smart perceptions of cul [...]


    15. Commenting on Sylvester's death:"Many people in the room, too, must have sensed the collapse of something bigger, which Sylvester embodied but did not create: a respect for the uniting freedom of fabulousness, for the power of audacity over conformity. Gratitude mixed with despair. How do you go on when a sequin in the right light is no longer enough?" (p. 270)


    16. Pretty good story about the very Fabulous man who paved the way for so many to come out come out wherever you are. Unabashedly flamboyant, he was a rare star who didn't forget where he came from. He gave so much to so many. May we remember that March 11 is Sylvester Day in SF. Thank you, oh sparkly one.


    17. Needs to be made into a movie.Of all queer lit./LGBT history, this inclusive story of Sylveter and his life should be a part of the collection of the gay/lesbian library.It is quite a read, almost his entire life's story, but worth every page turn.


    18. This did an excellent job of informing me who Sylvester was, but I wanted more broad strokes of the background, especially in the beginning and last chapters. Once it gets to AIDS, it just kinda ends. Either way, I'm convinced that Sylvester is someone I would like to shop with, somehow.


    19. The biography of the disco/pop singer, Sylvester except when it's not. At times, the author spends more time detailing the times and surrounding city events than he does talking about Sylvester's part in it. Overall, a clear portrait of LGBTQ life in San Francisco, California.


    20. Loved this book! I was fortunate enough to meet Sylvester at Cafe San Marcos in SF back in 1986. Very sweet man; I even got a hug! Very well-written book. Sylvester was much more than "just" a disco singer.


    21. this book was amazing, but possibly the information drawn upon wasn't as robust as i would have liked, but an interesting look at what genderqueer looked like in the fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties.


    22. I really liked this book a lot, its fascinating. If you enjoy pop culture of the 70's, live(d) in the Bay Area, are interested in the history of r&b and disco music of the 70's and 80's, and like reading about really interesting people, you should read this book!


    23. Fabulous for anyone who is interested in/lived through the gay disco 70's San Francisco. Check out Sylvester CD's too!


    24. I really enjoyed learning more about Sylvester and gay San Francisco during the 70s and 80s. The book is well written and very moving.




    25. Found this in a used book giveaway section. What a find! I miss Sylvester. He was a generous and amazing performer.



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