The Fabulous Sylvester

The Fabulous Sylvester Author Joshua Gamson
ISBN-10 9781466850163
Year 2013-07-30
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Henry Holt and Company
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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.

The Fabulous Sylvester

The Fabulous Sylvester Author Joshua Gamson
ISBN-10 0312425694
Year 2006-01-24
Pages 336
Language en
Publisher Macmillan
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The personal 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. By the author of Freaks Talk Back. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.

The Fabulous Sylvester

The Fabulous Sylvester Author Joshua Gamson
ISBN-10 0805072500
Year 2005-03-01
Pages 306
Language en
Publisher Macmillan
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The personal 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. By the author of Freaks Talk Back. 25,000 first printing.

Modern Families

Modern Families Author Joshua Gamson
ISBN-10 9781479843251
Year 2015-09-10
Pages 240
Language en
Publisher NYU Press
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A personal, intimate account of the extraordinary ways that today’s families are being created. From adoption and assisted reproduction, to gay and straight parents, coupled and single, and multi-parent families, the stories in Modern Families explain how individuals make unconventional families by accessing a broad range of technological, medical and legal choices that expand our definitions of parenting and kinship. Joshua Gamson introduces us to a child with two mothers, made with one mother’s egg and the sperm of a man none of them has ever met; another born in Ethiopia, delivered by his natural grandmother to an orphanage after both his parents died in close succession, and then to the arms of his mother, who is raising him solo. These tales are deeply personal and political. The process of forming these families involved jumping tremendous hurdles—social conventions, legal and medical institutions—with heightened intention and inventiveness, within and across multiple inequities and privileges. Yet each of these families, however they came to be, shares the same universal joys that all families share. A companion for all those who choose to navigate the world of modern kinship, Modern Families provides a “fascinating look at the remarkable range of experiences that is broadening the very idea of family” (Booklist).

Midnight at the Palace

Midnight at the Palace Author Pam Tent
ISBN-10 155583874X
Year 2004
Pages 274
Language en
Publisher Alyson Publishing
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David Weissman and Bill Weber wowed audiences at the 2002 Sundance Festival with their documentary The Cockettes. Now a founding member of the legendary troupe takes us inside this flamboyant ensemble of countercultural radicals. Arriving in San Francisco in 1969 from suburban Detroit, Pam Tent took to the stage at the Palace Theater in a cellophane hula skirt during an LSD-fuelled night out with a hippie friend. The Cockettes were born! Tent tells the story of the group's short life and their unique burst of artistic experimentation and chaos.

Freaks Talk Back

Freaks Talk Back Author Joshua Gamson
ISBN-10 0226280640
Year 1998-05-13
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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Using extensive interviews, hundreds of transcripts, focus-group discussions with viewers, and his own experiences as an audience member, Joshua Gamson argues that talk shows give much-needed, high-impact public visibility to sexual nonconformists while also exacerbating all sorts of political tensions among those becoming visible. With wit and passion, Freaks Talk Back illuminates the joys, dilemmas, and practicalities of media visibility. "This entertaining, accessible, sobering discussion should make every viewer sit up and ponder the effects and possibilities of America's daily talk-fest with newly sharpened eyes."—Publishers Weekly "Bold, witty. . . . There's a lot of empirical work behind this deceptively easy read, then, and it allows for the most sophisticated and complex analysis of talk shows yet."—Elayne Rapping, Women's Review of Books "Funny, well-researched, fully theorized. . . . Engaged and humane scholarship. . . . A pretty inspiring example of what talking back to the mass media can be."—Jesse Berrett, Village Voice "An extraordinarily well-researched volume, one of the most comprehensive studies of popular media to appear in this decade."—James Ledbetter, Newsday

Le Freak

Le Freak Author Nile Rodgers
ISBN-10 9780748123506
Year 2011-10-20
Pages 352
Language en
Publisher Hachette UK
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You will hear a Nile Rodgers song today. It will make you happy. Legendary producer and co-founder of Chic, Nile wrote 'We are Family' for Sister Sledge and 'I'm Coming Out' for Diana Ross, and then produced Let's Dance for David Bowie and Like a Virgin for Madonna. But before he reinvented pop music Nile Rodgers invented himself. Le Freak is an astonishing, exuberant and inspiring story of a creative genius. It is also a stunning recreation of a time and place - by the man who wrote its soundtrack.

Hiding My Candy

Hiding My Candy Author The lady Chablis
ISBN-10 9780671520953
Year 1997-08-01
Pages 208
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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The personal story of the famous drag queen from "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" describes an abuse-marked childhood, character development, rise to stardom, and secrets of survival

Love Saves the Day

Love Saves the Day Author Tim Lawrence
ISBN-10 0822385112
Year 2004-01-12
Pages 522
Language en
Publisher Duke University Press
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Opening with David Mancuso’s seminal “Love Saves the Day” Valentine’s party, Tim Lawrence tells the definitive story of American dance music culture in the 1970s—from its subterranean roots in NoHo and Hell’s Kitchen to its gaudy blossoming in midtown Manhattan to its wildfire transmission through America’s suburbs and urban hotspots such as Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Newark, and Miami. Tales of nocturnal journeys, radical music making, and polymorphous sexuality flow through the arteries of Love Saves the Day like hot liquid vinyl. They are interspersed with a detailed examination of the era’s most powerful djs, the venues in which they played, and the records they loved to spin—as well as the labels, musicians, vocalists, producers, remixers, party promoters, journalists, and dance crowds that fueled dance music’s tireless engine. Love Saves the Day includes material from over three hundred original interviews with the scene's most influential players, including David Mancuso, Nicky Siano, Tom Moulton, Loleatta Holloway, Giorgio Moroder, Francis Grasso, Frankie Knuckles, and Earl Young. It incorporates more than twenty special dj discographies—listing the favorite records of the most important spinners of the disco decade—and a more general discography cataloging some six hundred releases. Love Saves the Day also contains a unique collection of more than seventy rare photos.

Introducing the New Sexuality Studies

Introducing the New Sexuality Studies Author Steven Seidman
ISBN-10 9781136818103
Year 2011-02-25
Pages 572
Language en
Publisher Routledge
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Breaking new ground, both substantively and stylistically, Introducing the New Sexuality Studies, Second Edition offers students and academics an engaging, thought-provoking introduction and overview of the social study of sexualities. Its central premise is to explore the social construction of sexuality, the role of social differences such as race or nationality in creating sexual variation, and the ways sex is entangled in relations of power and inequality. Through this approach the field of sexuality is considered in multicultural, global, and comparative terms, and from a truly social perspective. The second edition of this definitive textbook consists of over seventy-five short, original essays on the key topics and themes in sexuality studies. It also includes interviews with fourteen leading scholars in the field, which convey some of the most innovative work currently being undertaken. Each contribution is original, presenting the latest thinking and research in clear and accessible terms, using engaging examples to illustrate key points. This topical and timely volume will be an invaluable resource to all those with an interest in sexuality studies, gender studies and LGBTQ studies.

Their Own Receive Them Not

Their Own Receive Them Not Author Horace L. Griffin
ISBN-10 9781608995950
Year 2010-11-01
Pages 256
Language en
Publisher Wipf and Stock Publishers
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In Their Own Receive Them Not, Griffin provides a historical overview and critical analysis of the black church and its current engagement with lesbian and gay Christians, and shares ways in which black churches can learn to reach out and confront all types of oppression--not just race--in order to do the work of the black community.

I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You

I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You Author Matt Dobkin
ISBN-10 0312318294
Year 2006-01-24
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Macmillan
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The story of Aretha Franklin's creation of her first hit album sets her music against a background of the feminist and civil rights movements of the late 1960s, offering insight into the artist's complex personality and cultural impact. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

Lettin It All Hang Out

Lettin It All Hang Out Author RuPaul
ISBN-10 0786861568
Year 1995-06-01
Pages 240
Language en
Publisher Hyperion
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The world's best-known drag performer tells of his rise from poverty to superstardom and offers beauty tips, positive thinking tools, and his unique sense of humor in a first book filled with photographs. Tour.

Claims to Fame

Claims to Fame Author Joshua Gamson
ISBN-10 0520914155
Year 1994-03-02
Pages 270
Language en
Publisher Univ of California Press
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Moving from People magazine to publicists' offices to tours of stars' homes, Joshua Gamson investigates the larger-than-life terrain of American celebrity culture. In the first major academic work since the early 1940s to seriously analyze the meaning of fame in American life, Gamson begins with the often-heard criticisms that today's heroes have been replaced by pseudoheroes, that notoriety has become detached from merit. He draws on literary and sociological theory, as well as interviews with celebrity-industry workers, to untangle the paradoxical nature of an American popular culture that is both obsessively invested in glamour and fantasy yet also aware of celebrity's transparency and commercialism. Gamson examines the contemporary "dream machine" that publicists, tabloid newspapers, journalists, and TV interviewers use to create semi-fictional icons. He finds that celebrity watchers, for whom spotting celebrities becomes a spectator sport akin to watching football or fireworks, glean their own rewards in a game that turns as often on playing with inauthenticity as on identifying with stars. Gamson also looks at the "celebritization" of politics and the complex questions it poses regarding image and reality. He makes clear that to understand American public culture, we must understand that strange, ubiquitous phenomenon, celebrity.