• The Fabulous Sylvester

  • The Legend, the Music, the Seventies in San Francisco
  • By: Joshua Gamson
  • Narrated by: Ron Butler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (1 rating)

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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 troupe 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.

©2013 Joshua Gamson (P)2022 Joshua Gamson

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