Flights of Angels: My Life with the Angels of Light

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Arsenal Pulp Press, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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The Angels of Light were more than a seminal performance troupe in the 1970s; growing out of the equally legendary Cockettes in San Francisco (led by the charismatic Hibiscus, and subject of the award-winning documentary The Cockettes), the Angels were a way of life, putting on trashy, fantastical fairy tales come to life in a city and an era that was in the blissful throes of early gay liberation.

Adrian Brooks was a member of the Angels; he was the author of many of their shows, and appeared in almost all of their productions during their heyday from late 1974 to 1980. In this vivid memoir, San Francisco in the 1970s comes to life as Brooks recounts the amazing stories of the Angels from behind closed doors, a book that is much about the politics of hippie experience in North America at the time. He also describes his early years as a Pennsylvania youth whose life is transformed by social and political activism: as a radical anti-war Quaker, as a volunteer for Martin Luther King, and later in New York's gallery scene, passing through Andy Warhol's circus before heading west, where the Angels made perfect, beautiful sense of the world.

Featuring more than 50 full-colour photographs by Daniel Nicoletta, a freelance photographer who worked in Harvey Milk's camera store in San Francisco in the 1970s, Flights of Angels is a remarkable, elegiac ode to the ecstasy and defiance of queer life and culture before the AIDS crisis.

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The distinctive counterculture of the 1970s is the backdrop for much of this absorbing reminiscence by Brooks, who was a major writer and performer with the Angels of Light-a surrealistic, interactive ... Read full review

Contents

a Preface
9
a Flights of Angels
17
a Holy Cow Cast and Crew
224
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Adrian Brooks is a poet, performer, novelist, and playwright. Born in 1947 in Philadelphia, he was active in the anti-war and civil rights movements and part of New York's Soho and Andy Warhol scenes in the early 1970s. From 1973 to 1980, he was at the vanguard of gay liberation with the Angels of Light in San Francisco. Dan Nicoletta is a freelance photographer who worked in Harvey Milk's camera store in San Francisco in the 1970s; he later worked on Milk's political campaigns, including his victorious election to public office on one of the first openly gay platforms in the world. His photography has been exhibited widely in the US and Europe.

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