Author: Jim Stewart
Publisher: Palm Drive Publishing
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Stewart has written a wonderful memoir revealing how South of Market became hip SoMa in San Francisco. Leading a lusty life surfing the first wave of gay liberation up to HIV, he is an uninhibited writer spilling personal tales of sex, art, and friendship during that first decade of Gay Liberation after Stonewall.
Built on all new information recently unearthed, this stylishly written and illustrated "timeline archive" of art, sex, obscenity, gender, culture wars, homophobia, pop culture, and the gay mafia, will get 21st-century readers and researchers up to speed fast on the serious fun of who did what to whom when and why.
Author: Justin Spring
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date: 2010-08-17
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Drawn from the secret, never-before-seen diaries, journals, and sexual records of the novelist, poet, and university professor Samuel M. Steward, Secret Historian is a sensational reconstruction of one of the more extraordinary hidden lives of the twentieth century. An intimate friend of Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, and Thornton Wilder, Steward maintained a secret sex life from childhood on, and documented these experiences in brilliantly vivid (and often very funny) detail. After leaving the world of academe to become Phil Sparrow, a tattoo artist on Chicago's notorious South State Street, Steward worked closely with Alfred Kinsey on his landmark sex research. During the early 1960s, Steward changed his name and identity once again, this time to write exceptionally literate, upbeat pro-homosexual pornography under the name of Phil Andros. Until today he has been known only as Phil Sparrow—but an extraordinary archive of his papers, lost since his death in 1993, has provided Justin Spring with the material for an exceptionally compassionate and brilliantly illuminating life-and-times biography. More than merely the story of one remarkable man, Secret Historian is a moving portrait of homosexual life long before Stonewall and gay liberation. Secret Historian is a 2010 National Book Award Finalist for Nonfiction.
Post-Maupin, these real tales re-create San Francisco Boogie Nights 1970-1982. Michael Bronski famously writes in review: "Some Dance, a mammoth saga of gay life is so bursting with plot, characters, energy, and ideas that it is a great epic: a tale of heroes struggling against not only one another, but fate and history to create a perfect...society. That the protagonists are leathermen, musclemen, and pornographers battling hate, repression, and AIDS only heightens the novel's literary sweep". Bronski continues: "Writer Ryan and Bodybuilder Kick, the perfect San Francisco couple, embody the eros and errors of fast-lane gay life. Fritscher is as interested in gay history as the histrionics of gay relationships and charts the fabulous couple in the rise and decline of gay culture on Castro and Folsom streets". Bronski concludes: "The heady panorama includes 8 major plots, 15 principal characters, and actual people: Robert Mapplethorpe, Divine, Harvey Milk, Dan White. Fritscher is unflinching and honest". -- The Characters: A dropdead blond bodybuilder. A madcap writer. A video porn mogul. A penthouse full of hustlers. A famous cabaret chanteuse. A Hollywood bitch TV producer. A hilarious dysfunctional straight family. A Vietnam Vet. -- The Plot: An epic liberation movement. A civil war between women and men -- and men. A time of sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll. A murder. A city. A plague. A lost civilization. A love story.
Mark Abramson was a bartender on Castro Street, Haight Street, and South of Market during the worst years of the AIDS crisis, roughly from 1984 to 1996 when new life-saving drugs came on the market. He was also involved in several of the major fundraising events of the times, from gay bars to the waterfront piers of San Francisco and theaters in between. For My Brothers is filled with true stories of encounters with Connie Francis, Johnnie Ray, and Christine Jorgensen, plus friendships with Al Parker, John Preston, and Sylvester and dozens of lesser known characters who deserve to be remembered.
Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: High Sierra Music Festival, Halloween Horror Nights, Monterey Pop Festival, Folsom Street Fair, Nisei Week, Days on the Green, Rock the Bells, Long Beach Blues Festival, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Bay to Breakers, Wattstax, Kroq Almost Acoustic Christmas, Extravaganza, San Francisco International Film Festival, Cinequest Film Festival, Kroq Weenie Roast, Electric Daisy Carnival, Street Scene, Paid Dues, Frameline Film Festival, Filmex, Nocturnal Wonderland, the Berkeley Jazz Festival, Cotati Jazz Festival, Art of Food
Showcasing American music and music making during the Great Depression, Hard Luck Blues presents more than two hundred photographs created by the New Deal's Farm Security Administration photography program. With an appreciation for the amateur and the local, FSA photographers depicted a range of musicians sharing the regular music of everyday life, from informal songs in migrant work camps, farmers' homes, barn dances, and on street corners to organized performances at church revivals, dance halls, and community festivals. Captured across the nation from the northeast to the southwest, the images document the last generation of musicians who learned to play without the influence of recorded sound, as well as some of the pioneers of Chicago's R & B scene and the first years of amplified instruments. The best visual representation of American roots music performance during the Depression era, Hard Luck Blues features photographs by Jack Delano, Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, Arthur Rothstein, Ben Shahn, Marion Post Wolcott, and others. Photographer and image researcher Rich Remsberg breathes life into the images by providing contextual details about the persons and events captured, in some cases drawing on interviews with the photographers' subjects. Also included are a foreword by author Nicholas Dawidoff and an afterword by music historian Henry Sapoznik. Published in association with the Library of Congress.
Author: Henrik Vejlgaard
Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
Release Date: 2017-01-19
Genre: Business & Economics
The full story of how changes in style and taste take place Why do millions of people end up wearing the same style of clothing? Or have the same style in electronics, cars, and furniture? It’s because of trends—the powerful process of change that takes place in the same way again and again across the globe. Drawing on his own and other sociologists’ groundbreaking research, trend sociologist Henrik Vejlgaard unearths what happens when a new style emerge and go mainstream and examines the influential individuals who make trends happen. He documents that 6 very different groups of individuals play a huge role in the trend process. Style Eruptions is a follow-up to Anatomy of a Trend, his first book on the trend process which presented trends from a business perspective. With Style Eruptions he completes the story of one of the most puzzling mysteries of modern culture: how do changes in style and taste come about?
Author: Jim Marshall
Publisher: Reel Art Press
Release Date: 2018-05-28
A powerful portrait of a legendary musician by a legendary photographer. Carefully curated with full access to the Jim Marshall Archive, this handsome oversized volume offers the definitive view of Johnny Cash's legendary prison concerts at Folsom in 1968 and San Quentin in 1969. Cash had been interested in recording a live album at a prison since his 1955 hit, 'Folsom Prison Blues.' The idea was put on hold for a few years until 1968, when Cash visited one of California's oldest maximum-security prisons to record his At Folsom Prison album.
Author: J. Otis Powell?!
Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society
Release Date: 2015
Genre: LITERARY COLLECTIONS
"A rich Minnesota literary tradition is brought into the spotlight in this groundbreaking collection of incisive prose and powerful poetry by forty- three black writers who educate, inspire, and reveal the unabashed truth. Historically significant figures tell their stories, demonstrating how much and how little conditions have changed: Gordon Parks hitchhikes to Bemidji,Taylor Gordon describes his first day as a chauffeur in St. Paul, and Nellie Stone Johnson insists on escaping the farm for high school in Minneapolis. A profusionof modern voices-- poet Tish Jones, playwright Kim Hines, and memoirist Frank Wilderson-- reflect the dizzying, complex realities of the present. Showcasing the unique vision and reality of Minnesota's African American community from the Harlem renaissance through the civil rights movement, from the black power movement to the era of hip- hop and the time of America's first black president, this compelling anthology provides an explosion of artistic expression about what it means to be a Minnesotan. Alexs Pate, an award- winning novelist, playwright, and writing professor, is the president of Innocent Technologies, LLC. Pamela R. Fletcher is associate professor of English at St. Catherine University. J. Otis Powell!? is a poet, performance artist, and curator working in an aesthetic rooted in Afrocentric lore and culture"--
Author: Susan Stryker
Publisher: Chronicle Books Llc
Release Date: 1996-03-01
Genre: Social Science
A fabulous montage of word and image, this is the first book ever to chronicle the origin and evolution of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender culture in the San Francisco Bay Area. Capturing the international center of the gay experience as never before, and published to coincide with the opening of the Gay and Lesbian Center of the new main San Francisco Public Library the only publicly funded archive of its kind in the world Gay by the Baycontains over 200 full-color and black-and-white photographs of historical memorabilia, including correspondence, posters, buttons, and other artifacts. With anecdotes about Bay Area gay luminaries, past and present, and a foreword by acclaimed author Armistead Maupin, Gay by the Bayoffers a scintillating look at a continually dynamic and evolving community.
Author: James A. Cosby
Release Date: 2016-02-16
“James A. Cosby’s book on the roots of rock and roll is a fascinating look at the historical aspect of this comprehensive music. He carefully traces some of the earliest examples of what later evolved into what we recognize as rock and roll, and the journey on which this book takes us is consistently informative and enlightening. The author covers the music’s history with careful, accurate details, and also adds an appreciation for its aesthetics. It allows even those who already have some understanding of the music’s roots to learn more details and obtain a deeper understanding. Highly recommended. It is one of the quintessential books on rock music’s roots.”—Examiner.com “Thoughtfully written and meticulously footnoted”—Broad Street Review “Chapter after chapter, it will have you reaching for your record player”—The Current “A lot of useful, thoughtful, and engaging information throughout the work...provides an illuminating and intriguing look at how the genre became a cultural touchstone”—Kirkus Reviews “You can read a hundred histories of early rock and roll, and still not understand exactly how the spark of a century was generated. History can be messy, but is there any way to tell the story concisely? James A. Cosby does a more than creditable job of that in his new book”—Minnesota Public Radio “Informative and entertaining and likely to appeal to anyone with an interest in popular music”—Penniless Press “The wealth of information [Cosby] shares, and the way it is presented, makes this book worth owning”—102.9 WMGK Classic Rock “Well researched, well organized, and well thought-out...those who are just starting out their research on the history of rock and roll will find this book useful, while even the more seasoned rock and roll scholar will glean some new information”—ARSC Journal Rock music today is universal and its popular history is well known. Yet few know how and why it really came about. Taking a fresh look at events long overlooked or misunderstood, this book tells how some of the most disenfranchised people in a free and prosperous nation strove to make themselves heard—and changed the world. Describing the genesis of rock and roll, the author covers everything from its deep roots in the Mississippi Delta, key early figures, like deejay “Daddy-O” Dewey Phillips and gospel star Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and the influence of so-called “holy rollers” of the Pentecostal church who became crucial performers—Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard.