Watch: 'In The Life' Looks at Samuel Steward

Steward

I've mentioned the book Secret Historian here before. In The Life, which is broadcast on PBS affiliates, took a closer look at the book and its author, Justin Spring. They write:

"A self-invented legend, Samuel Steward lived as an out gay man decades before the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion. Sam's far-reaching impact includes detailed journals and recordkeeping which were invaluable to the studies of Alfred Kinsey and artistry that inspired famed designer Ed Hardy."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I reviewed the book for "Out" magazine. it's an absolute Must Read if you want to know anything aboyt gay life -- now as much as in the past.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 5, 2011 11:05:53 PM


  2. Just for the sake of clarification, "In The Life" is aired on PBS affiliates. Logo occasionally will run rebroadcasts, but the show's home has always been on PBS.

    Posted by: Richard Farias | Jan 5, 2011 11:39:32 PM


  3. Thanks for posting this. I forgot about "In The Life". Great show.

    Posted by: Kenton | Jan 5, 2011 11:41:27 PM


  4. That was fascinating. I find LGBT history very engrossing. I can't imagine what it was like to be an out gay man back than. It makes being out now look very easy.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jan 6, 2011 12:29:53 AM


  5. Reading about gay life prior to the 60's-70's revolution is fascinating.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 6, 2011 12:51:04 AM


  6. Thanks for this post, especially since in chicago at least, 'in the life,' is on past midnight, on sundays, once in a blue moon. sucks, that. by the way, my boyfriend gave me the book for christmas -- weird, i know -- and it is absolutely fascinating. steward was a horndog - must have had sex with hundreds of guys, including Bosie, Rudolph Valentino, famous literary folks, etc. an amazing book and quite a life, as well.

    Posted by: james | Jan 6, 2011 1:06:19 AM


  7. it is a great book. am rereading right now.

    Posted by: titus | Jan 6, 2011 1:26:48 AM


  8. You mean there were gays before 1969?

    Posted by: Brad | Jan 6, 2011 6:05:37 AM


  9. Great Post. It's really interesting to hear about this kind of thing. Reminds me of the Thief's Journal by Genet

    Posted by: Conor Stuart | Jan 6, 2011 6:05:45 AM


  10. this was a terrific book; a must read for all gays. when you think we have it tough now, they had it even tougher in the 20-60s. also what a character.

    Posted by: jgm22 | Jan 6, 2011 9:26:29 AM


  11. Browsing the book I found myself agreeing with Cocteau and the rest of the French gays who found him tawdry. No style.

    Posted by: Jimbo | Jan 6, 2011 10:12:57 AM


  12. A spectacular and very important book. I got it for a trip to Berkeley (where Steward lived and worked toward the end of his life) in August, and missed most of what was going on with friends because I couldn't put it down.

    Posted by: Andalusian Dog | Jan 6, 2011 10:46:00 AM


  13. Um...is 900 guys alot?

    Posted by: Com Truise | Jan 6, 2011 1:19:08 PM


  14. This book is great!! I couldn't put it down and living in Chicago it was especially touching and connecting. I highly recommend it to every gay man to read. It really changes the impression of what it once meant to be gay.. I hope we have more historians like Professor Spring, in capturing the lost history of LGBT peoples.

    Posted by: Mitchell | Jan 6, 2011 5:51:31 PM


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