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The Scandalous History of The Cockettes in Pictures

THE COCKETTES PHOTO BOOK PROJECT

The Cockettes In A Field Of Lavender, 1971
The Cockettes In A Field Of Lavender, 1971

The Cockettes story:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cockettes

The Cockettes Photo Book will be a 288 page book, printed in Italy, that will be an abundant collection of the best photos from over a dozen photographers spanning the entire arch of the group's career, along with essays by contributing artists, anecdotes of our escapades, profiles of the members, flyer and poster art and choice media quotes from the era. The book will come in two versions.

The first will be a First Edition Hardcover Book of 288 pages.  First Edition printing will be limited to 1500 copies so it's an instant collector's item.

The second will be a Deluxe Limited Edition Hardcover, 288 page book in a Slipcase. Only 500 will be printed so this is a primo collector's item. The Deluxe edition will be numbered and come with a signed Silver Gelatin Archival Print of The Cockettes, 8 x 10, 11 x 14 or 16 x 20, depending on donation.

"If Bertolt Brecht had slipped in through a side door one Saturday night, he too might have been pleased." Advocate 1977

"Remarkably un-self-conscious and California innocent, the Cockettes are committed to trucking their fantasies from the street to the stage. The performance is continuous. Their usual style being stoned-out Busby Berkeley emerging from Khubla Khan's tent." Village Voice 1971

Sylvester in Golden Gate Park, 1971
Sylvester in Golden Gate Park, 1971

 Sylvester James came to us soon after we began our shows in 1970.  Immediately we were in awe of his powerful talent and beautiful voice.  He held Billie Holiday in high esteem and wanted to emulate her on the stage and so he became our featured chanteuse.  He went full tilt into his fantasy, as we all did, wearing long slinky 40's gowns and a gardenia.  A hush would come over the normally raucous audience when Sylvester appeared, with Peter Mintun at the piano, appropriately attired in a tuxedo. My favorite was his rendition of Sleepytime Down South.  Pure Magic!

Have you seen our 2002 documentary THE COCKETTES?  You can screen it here: http://www.cockettes.com/

Some reviews of the film:

“The Cockettes” is an engaging tribute to a theatrical troupe that was the sensation of the late 1960s and early 1970s hippie movement in San Francisco. They were, as John Waters describes them, “hippie acid freak drag queens,” and this sympathetic, straight-ahead look at “people who were allowed to live at the end of their imagination” is a charming and nostalgic revisiting of a lost corner of recent cultural history… This comprehensive and charming film not only recalls those days exactly, it also manages the wonderful trick of taking us back there along with it. –Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times

A flamboyant piece of hippie history gets its due in Bill Weber and David Weissman’s loving look at the San Francisco drugs-and-drag theatre troupe. The filmmakers capture the spirit of life in a late-sixties commune as well as the Cockettes’ hallucinogenic romps—performances foisted on audiences who were in the mood for wigged-out frivolity. With its archival footage and hilariously frank interviews, the movie makes for a ragtag portrait of a cultural moment when free expression reigned supreme. — Bruce Diones, The New Yorker

A fascinatingly detailed snapshot of the flamboyant outer reaches of countercultural San Francisco in the hippie years and an emotional celebration of diversity, liberation, sexual anarchy and fabulousness, “The Cockettes” joyously re-creates the brief but resplendent reign of the legendary freakadelic drag troupe… . The climate of all-embracing acceptance, blurred sexual lines, joyful transgression, rebellion and freedom comes through with warmth, humor and nostalgia. — David Rooney, Daily Variety

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THE ORIGINAL VINTAGE 1971 COCKETTES PAPER DOLL BOOK!  Rare and Collectible!  Limited Quantity.  (You know you want one!!)  This book was created in the summer of 1971 as the program book for out fabulous New York City engagement at the Anderson Theater in the East Village.  Each Cockette has a their own page with 2 drag ensembles!!  Not many of these babies left, get it while you can!

The Cockettes Paper Doll Book Cover
The Cockettes Paper Doll Book Cover
The Cockettes Paper Doll Book Back Cover
The Cockettes Paper Doll Book Back Cover

 "DANNY SAYS"  The New Rock & Roll Documentary about the legendary Danny Fields, including The Cockettes!

Our infamous Trip to New York was publicized by the great Rock & Roll A&R man , writer and PR guy extraordinaire Danny Fields who is currently the subject of a Fabulous Biopic, "Danny Says" by Brendan Toller.  The film is making the Doc Fest rounds all over the USA and will premier at Lincoln Center in NYC on July 29th.  I'm interviewed in the film, talking about how Danny blasted our 1971 Opening Night at the Anderson Theatre into a record-breaking event.   http://dannysaysfilm.com/Danny_Says/Danny_Says.html                 Check It OUT!!

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Portrait of Sylvester 1971
Portrait of Sylvester 1971

Newly discovered, never before seen, gorgeous portrait of Sylvester from 1971, highly styled by Nikki Nichols.  Sylvester James was the Superstar of The Cockettes and went on to a fabulous career.  Sylvester was elegant and very glamorous, a Prince in every way.  With a $500. pledge, you can have a Deluxe Edition of The Cockette Photo Book and an 11 X 14 professional C-print of this picture

NOTHING SUCCEEDS LIKE EXCESS!!

That was most certainly the guiding light of the Life of Wally, one of the most extravagant and spiritually generous member of the Cockette family.  It took Wally days to dress and then he would go all over San Francisco spreading his Love.  He would return to the house days later, trailing glitter and feathers.

Cockette Wally 1971
Cockette Wally 1971

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Here's your chance to have an 11 x 14 print of the scandalous photo of Fayette shot by Clay Geerdes who promptly sent it to a soft-core porn magazine!  A reward at the $500 level.

Cockette Fayette by Clay Geerdes
Cockette Fayette by Clay Geerdes

Risks and challenges

STAIRWAY TO PARADISE

I came to San Francisco in the fall of 1968 with my camera in hand. After my initial reincarnation through psychedelics, I, along with my commune of artists, founded our group The Cockettes.
We ascribed to The Diggers Philosophy of Free, therefore we shared everything, especially our ideas. Nothing was sacred and we aimed to dissolve all sexual and societal boundaries, along with the theatrical fourth wall.
Our common ground was the desire to reveal our inner fantasy life on our bodies, to live as we dreamed and to put it all onto the stage.
From the moment we flung ourselves onto the stage, our lives became entirely about our shows. We performed from New Year's Eve 1969 until the Spring of 1972, primarily at the Palace theatre in North Beach but we also did street performances and other venues as well.
After Herb Caen put us in his column in the San Francisco Chronicle, we became the Talk of the Town and the theater was always packed for our shows which we did once a month.
Soon we were featured in all the underground rags as well as Rolling Stone. There is a tremendous wealth of photography from photo journalists to fashion photographers and artists of the underground, including my work as well.
The challenge will be in the editing as I want to include as many fabulous images as possible.
I have a brilliant book designer who lives in Paris and is himself an independent book publisher: http://www.firstthirdbooks.com/
With your help, I will be able to publish a gorgeous book.

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