Children of Paradise: Life with the The Cockettes The Cockettes Fayette Hauser June 4th-July 2nd, 2011 drkrm/gallery









Children of Paradise:
Life with the The Cockettes
San Francisco 1969-1972

Photographs by Fayette Hauser

Essay by Mark Thompson

8.25" ×10.75" | 52 Pages
Softcover | Exhibition Catalog © 2011


As the psychedelic San Francisco of the 1960s began evolving into the pansexual San Francisco of the 1970s, The Cockettes, a flamboyant ensemble of hippies -- gay, straight, and undecided -- decked themselves out in gender-bending drag and tons of glitter for a series of legendary midnight musicals at the Palace Theater in North Beach.

The Cockettes were born on stage, New Year’s Eve, 1969. The collective passion was to take every fantasy, desire, idol and dream and in the most joyously flamboyant way possible, put it onto the stage.

Founded by Hibiscus (real name, George Harris, Jr.) the troupe performed outrageous parodies of show tunes (or original tunes in the same vein) and gained an underground cult following that eventually led to mainstream exposure. With titles like Gone With the Showboat to Oklahoma, Hell's Harlots and Pearls over Shanghai, these all singing, all dancing extravaganzas featured elaborate costumes, rebellious sexuality, and exuberant chaos.


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