Before the disco! Check out these awesome rockin’ tracks from Sylvester And The Hot Band! Two Albums: 1973’s SYLVESTER AND THE HOT BAND & BAZAAR…
WIKIPEDIA: Returning to San Francisco, Sylvester was offered the opportunity to record a demo album by Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner. Financed by A&M Records, the album featured a cover of Bonnie Bramlett and Leon Russell’s song “Superstar,” which had been a recent hit single for The Carpenters; nevertheless, A&M felt that the work was not commercially viable and declined to release the album. For the album, Sylvester and his manager Dennis Lopez had assembled a group of heterosexual white males—Bobby Blood on trumpet, Chris Mostert on saxophone, James Q. Smith on guitar, Travis Fullerton on drums, and Kerry Hatch on bass—whom he named The Hot Band. After A&M’s initial rejection, the band provided two songs for Lights Out San Francisco, an album compiled by San Francisco’s KSAN radio and released on the Blue Thumb label. Gaining a number of local gigs, they were eventually asked to open for English glam rock star David Bowie at the Winterland Ballroom; the gig did not sell particularly well, and Bowie later commented that San Francisco did not need him, because “They’ve got Sylvester,” referring to their shared preference for androgyny.
In early 1973, Sylvester and The Hot Band were signed by Bob Krasnow to Blue Thumb. On this label, they produced their first album, in which they switched their sound from blues to the more commercially viable rock, while the Pointer Sisters were employed as backing singers. Sylvester named this first album Scratch My Flower due to a gardenia-shaped scratch-and-sniff sticker adhered to the cover, although it was instead released under the title of Sylvester and his Hot Band. The album consisted primarily of covers of songs by artists such as James Taylor, Ray Charles, Neil Young, and Leiber and Stoller. Described by one of Sylvester’s biographers as lacking in “the fire and focus of the live shows”,it sold poorly on release.
So sad to hear of Walt Cessna’s passing today. I really love his work and have had a few amusing Facebook conversations with him through the years. My favourite conversation was a couple of years back. Cessna messaged me saying that he wanted me to edit/curate his images for a book. I of course was very keen on doing this. I told him “yes” without knowing any details. Within two minutes he messaged me back to say “great” and that he’d like me to come over for dinner “tonight”. I told him sadly I couldn’t make it that night cus I lived in Toronto. That was the last I heard of the project. But we still kept in touch and he always appreciated when I posted his stuff on Sissydude.
We were part of the early queer Tumblr tribes that obsessively shared our love for sexy correctness. I adored his Tumblr photos… they reminded me of Carl Van Vechten’s photographs with a splash of Tiger Beat pin-ups by way of
Since I’m an obsessive guy myself, I took a few hours and went through Cessna’s Tumblr archive and pulled the images that spoke to me today.
If you’d like to know more about Walt and see more of his work, I’ve added links here.
Correct Love to you Walter. XXXO John
WALT CESSNA TUMBLR ARCHIVE HERE
“You can’t be a giver if you’re bitter.”
There are 10 sides to listen to here… she reads the whole thing. You’re welcome.
Want to read it yourself? Read this 1971 classic HERE @ THE CONCLUDING CHAPTER OF CRAWFORD (for educational purposes of course).
SISSYDUDE SATURDAY MORNING RITUAL (as if)… UP & OUT a film by DUKE NGUYEN/ performed by EMANUEL ABRUZZO
Filmed and Edited by Duke Nguyen
Art by David Paul Kay
Song: Metamorphosis one
Music by: Phillip Glass
Mpre ABRUZZO videos HERE
RANDY BLUE: In the dawn of online food ordering, it is very convenient to leave the tip ahead of time on your credit card. However, no one told Ian Parker this. He made a food delivery to one hungry Austin Wolf.
And when Austin was too busy to give Ian a tip, he decided to take one for himself. He started to go through is wallet and grab a twenty. Austin caught wind of this and decided to teach Ian a lesson, a hard core lesson with the words S and M. Austin starts his gay porn game by slapping Ian in the face and then taking his belt and tying them around Ian, strapping his hands behind his back. He pushes Ian up against the window and makes him suck his cock.
A Texas senator, Wendy Davis, has launched a marathon filibuster of an abortion bill that would severely restrict abortion access in the state.
If she is to be successful, Davis must talk for 13 hours, during which she will not be allowed to sit, lean or take any breaks to go to the bathroom or eat. She is only allowed to stop speaking when listening to questions.
The Democrat senator is attempting to prevent the stringent bill from reaching the desk of Texas governor Rick Perry. The bill would ban abortion at 20 weeks gestation, place limits on abortion-inducing drugs and introduce other restrictions that advocates say would close 37 of the 42 clinics that provide abortions in the state.
The Texas House version of Senate Bill 5 passed on Monday morning, after major stalling by House Democrats. Davis’s filibuster began at 11.18am CDT on Tuesday. She has argued her case by reading letters from women and doctors who would be impacted by the bill and speaking with politicians from both sides of the aisle.
Reproductive rights advocates are especially concerned with the bill’s restrictions that would require abortions be performed in ambulatory surgical centers and would require physicians that perform abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles, posing difficulties for women living in rural areas.
Winner of “Best Interview” at Hot Docs in Toronto.
Short documentary made for the 5 day Documentary Challenge about Mark Mitchell, a costume designer from Seattle, WA.
Mark Mitchell’s burial line will be released this fall 2013
“The stunning beardy wonder Mathu Andersen joins James St. James in this weeks Transformations for World of Wonder. Is Mathu even human, because in my eyes he’s godly.” – James St. James
SISSYDUDE LOVES: mimi kirchner has got a whole bunch of her tattoo’d fuzz-face dolls for SALE! (prices $250.00 – $300.00)
DOLL INFO HERE @ ETSY!
Kurd Men For Equality “Being a woman is not a way for humiliation or punishment.” (via Greg K… via BUZZFEED)
Kurdish men are dressing in women’s clothing in response to the punishment given to a convicted man earlier this month. He was paraded down the streets of Marivan in a woman’s dress in order to humiliate him.
The campaign “Kurd Men for Equality” launched on FACEBOOK in protest of this punishment.
In response to the judge’s sentence, a local feminist organization, the “Marivan Womens’ Community”, held a protest. One hundred women took to the streets of Marivan in a campaign for gender equality. In solidarity with the women’s protest, men began to post photos of themselves in women’s clothing.
Dir: Jonathan Daniel Federico
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Actress Mia Sara posed for Stylelist after they spotted her walking around the streets of SoHo. Her advice for anti-aging? “Wear a hat.”
what’s so bad about a boy who wants to wear a dress? by RUTH PADAWER / photos by LINDSAY MORRIS/ the new york times (via JP)
The night before Susan and Rob allowed their son to go to preschool in a dress, they sent an e-mail to parents of his classmates. Alex, they wrote, “has been gender-fluid for as long as we can remember, and at the moment he is equally passionate about and identified with soccer players and princesses, superheroes and ballerinas (not to mention lava and unicorns, dinosaurs and glitter rainbows).”
They explained that Alex had recently become inconsolable about his parents’ ban on wearing dresses beyond dress-up time. After consulting their pediatrician, a psychologist and parents of other gender-nonconforming children, they concluded that “the important thing was to teach him not to be ashamed of who he feels he is.” Thus, the purple-pink-and-yellow-striped dress he would be wearing that next morning. For good measure, their e-mail included a link to information on gender-variant children.
When Alex was 4, he pronounced himself “a boy and a girl,” but in the two years since, he has been fairly clear that he is simply a boy who sometimes likes to dress and play in conventionally feminine ways.
Some days at home he wears dresses, paints his fingernails and plays with dolls; other days, he roughhouses, rams his toys together or pretends to be Spider-Man. Even his movements ricochet between parodies of gender: on days he puts on a dress, he is graceful, almost dancerlike, and his sentences rise in pitch at the end. On days he opts for only “boy” wear, he heads off with a little swagger. Of course, had Alex been a girl who sometimes dressed or played in boyish ways, no e-mail to parents would have been necessary; no one would raise an eyebrow at a girl who likes throwing a football or wearing a Spider-Man T-shirt.