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The Golden Age of Hustlers: VIDEO


Justin Vivian Bond and co-directors Silas Howard and Erin Greenwell present their (crowdfunded) remake of "Golden Age of Hustlers", written by SF punk chanteuse Bambi Lake, which "captures the 1970's gay hustler scenes of pre-HIV/AIDS era on Polk St in San Francisco from an insider's experience."

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

StudThe HuffPost has an interview with the directors.

Says Howard:

I'm obsessed with the idea of queer and trans lineage and how the past and future can live in the same room. Perhaps it's in part due to coming of age in the midst of loss from AIDS, that I feel a kinship to the mentors gone too soon. Though Bambi wrote the song in the early '90s, in a community of "misfit" queers, sex workers, transsexuals, queers and punks, it speaks to a modern time in that many of us still look for places where all parts of ourselves can find home. I'm grateful to Justin Vivian Bond for carrying Bambi Lake's legacy forward, allowing us access to learn from Bambi as a performer and a punk transsexual icon of an older generation, who prevailed and created art that represented an experience of living outside the "mainstream." I think of the music video as a kind of love letter from our past to the next generation.

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  1. this was great. i'd like to watch the original.

    Posted by: Jesse | Apr 3, 2014 11:47:20 AM

  2. This is embarrassing. I will happily point to the advocacy and visibility that Justin Vivian Bond has brought to trans issues, and Kiki & Herb rightfully earned their laurels within the cabaret scene...

    ... but a) this is a dumb song. b) Justin Vivian Bond just doesn't sound good. c) i'm sick and tired of the way that those who are not sex workers glorify (and vilify) those who are. It's such a cliche.

    Posted by: GMB | Apr 3, 2014 12:30:34 PM

  3. I wasn't embarrassed. It's a good song and brings up fond memories that I might have had - since I lived through that era - but, well, didn't.

    Posted by: Zlick | Apr 3, 2014 12:54:58 PM

  4. In that time we came to see the world from a distinctly queer place - "oblique, maybe, but precisely because of that informed, revealing, powerful" RCB

    Posted by: Gary | Apr 3, 2014 1:12:00 PM

  5. 'misfit' queers, sex workers, transsexuals, queers and punks . . .

    What is it that causes the Justin Bonds of this world to want to shoehorn sex and gender variant folk into a freak show setting, complete with derogatory labels? There is no such thing as a "transsexual" and no such thing as a "queer."

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Apr 3, 2014 2:53:09 PM

  6. It may be obviously difficult for some to live down, but this is your gay history. It was mocked by straight artists like Lou Reed and David Bowie in the '70's, to their success. The hyper masculinity was revealed in art by Tom of Finland, leather and porn. I'm glad it embarrasses and angers a queer who uses shoehorns.

    Posted by: Gary | Apr 3, 2014 4:38:13 PM

  7. I would call it successful if it invokes anything... even embarrassment. Vocal quality is fine.

    Posted by: CAM | Apr 3, 2014 4:51:47 PM

  8. I love Justin Vivian Bond, this was one of my favorite songs from Dendrophile.

    Posted by: Thomas | Apr 3, 2014 6:37:12 PM

  9. Wonderful. Justin Vivian Bond is an amazing talent. This is not about glorifying sex work - it is about celebrating the people who found a way to survive and to love and to live while being condemned by the straight world (and a lot of the gay world) as freaks and misfits. It is a celebration of difference and a bitter-sweet memory of the art and the community that sprang from oppression and hate.

    Posted by: Erko | Apr 3, 2014 7:58:05 PM

  10. This song is of the same quality of the ones in '70s porn. That is not a compliment. Those lyrics!

    Posted by: DrunkEnough | Apr 3, 2014 8:04:14 PM

  11. Missed it dumbo.

    Posted by: Gary | Apr 3, 2014 9:06:32 PM

  12. Could've been trimmed down to deliver an equally impactful statement...

    Don McLean better add a couple minutes to American Pie cuz this seems to be even longer...

    Posted by: interesting | Apr 3, 2014 9:55:37 PM

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