Cockettes and San Francisco counterculture collection
- circa 1958-2008
- Majority of material found within circa 1967-1980
- Arnold, Steven, 1943-1994 (Person)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Extent2 linear feet (3 boxes, 1 folder, 1 volume)
Includes material related to Steven Arnold, Todd Trexler, Sebastian, Hibiscus, Sylvester, Divine, and the Angels of Light collected by Stephen Terry. There is material from Sebastian's Nocturnal Dream Shows at the Palace Theater which included midnight movies, theater, and "sexual anarchy", including the first performance by The Cockettes, early solo performances by Sylvester, and West Coast premieres of underground and counterculture films. Further materials relate to similar events in San Francisco beyond the Palace Theater and in New York.
Biographical / Historical
Sylvester performed as Sylvester and his Hot Band in the mid-1970s; Hibiscus, founder of the Cockettes, created the group Angels of Light in San Francisco; and Sylvester and members of the Cockettes who did not join the Angels of Light attempted a show, largely unsuccessful, in 1971 in New York City. Several members of the group continue to perform.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Cockettes and San Francisco counterculture collection, 1958-2008 (bulk 1967-1980) (MS Thr 2057): Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard University.
- 2020 September 2
- Description rules
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.
- EAD ID
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