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

ISBN13: 9780312425692
Release Date: January 24th 2006
Published by: Picador
Pages: 336

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.

More work like this

The 'African' in African American Religion
Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
The Crisis of the Imagination and the Persistence of the Value Gap
Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
A Reading of Democracy in Black at Princeton
Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
Michelle Alexander in Conversation with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Michelle Alexander

Upcoming Events

Bobby McFerrin, "CIRCLESONGS"
Sep 21, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Domestic Violence: The Limits and Possibilities of a Concept
Oct 4, 2018 - Oct 5, 2018
i am my ancestors’ wildest dreams: contemporary cultures of black impossibility
Oct 18, 2018 - Oct 20, 2018
Amanda Seales Performs
Oct 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Ta-Nehisi Coates in Conversation with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Nov 28, 2018 @ 6:00 pm