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Sylvester

(1947-1988)

 

—Rainbow Honor Walk —

 
Sylvester Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 9, 2016
1. Sylvester Marker
Inscription. Multi-gold singer and songwriter known as the “Queen of Disco” and “a visionary of queerness, race and music”
 
Erected 2014 by Rainbow Honor Walk.
 
Location. 37° 45.611′ N, 122° 26.088′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached from Castro Street south of 18th Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 545 Castro Street, San Francisco CA 94114, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Keith Haring (within shouting distance of this marker); Allen Ginsberg (within shouting distance of this marker); Alan Turing (within shouting distance of this marker); Gertrude Stein (within shouting distance of this marker); Harry Hay (within shouting distance of this marker); Harvey Milk (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Harvey Milk (within shouting distance of this marker); Christine Jorgensen (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Also see . . .  The Legend of Sylvester. PopMatters' David Masciotra explains Sylvester's
Sylvester Marker - Wide View Looking North Up Castro Street image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, September 9, 2016
2. Sylvester Marker - Wide View Looking North Up Castro Street
legend and legacy: The singer Sylvester – often narrowly and affectionately called the “queen of disco” – is one of the best kept secrets of American music. The cruelty of such secrecy and the thievery of the obscurity in which Sylvester’s varied musical catalogue still lives is not a crime merely because he was one of America’s greatest singers, performing songs in nearly every genre. It isn’t a crime simply because Prince should include a disclaimer with every song he releases: “Apologies to Sylvester”, and it isn’t a crime only because he was a talented and prolific songwriter. Sylvester’s lost legacy is all of the above, and it’s an example of integrity and dignity that his career provides to performers and observers. Sylvester’s career also illustrates the hideous damage caused by bigotry and ignorance.... (Submitted on September 22, 2016.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicEntertainment
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 188 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page was last revised on September 22, 2016.
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