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Martin Worman (July 19, 1945 - November 25, 1993)

Martin Worman (July 19, 1945–November 25, 1993) was an actor, playwright, lyricist, director, female impersonator, activist and academic, working in the United States, primarily in San Francisco and New York City from the late 1960s through the early 1990s. He is most known for being a member of the psychedelic San Francisco drag troupe, The Cockettes. Later, he wrote a rock opera and worked in theater, both in San Francisco and (after 1979) in New York City. He studied and then taught at New York University, where he wrote his dissertation about The Cockettes and was a mentor to Antony Hegarty, later the leader of Antony and the Johnsons. In 1992 he went to Antioch College in Ohio to start a regional theatre company; he died of AIDS in Dayton, Ohio on November 25, 1993. (P: Martin Worman, photo by Peter Hujar, New York Public Library)

Worman's papers, including voluminous research on the history of The Cockettes, served as a basis for a documentary and book about the group and were later acquired by the New York Public Library.

Martin Worman And John Rothermel

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Worman

Further Readings:

The Fabulous Sylvester: The Legend, the Music, the Seventies in San Francisco by Joshua Gamson
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Picador; Reprint edition (January 24, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312425694
ISBN-13: 978-0312425692
Amazon: The Fabulous Sylvester: The Legend, the Music, the Seventies in San Francisco
Amazon Kindle: The Fabulous Sylvester: The Legend, the Music, the Seventies in San Francisco

Imagine a pied piper singing in falsetto, wearing sequins, and leading the young people of the nation to San Francisco and on to a liberation where nothing was straight-laced or old-fashioned. And everyone, finally, was welcome--to come as themselves. This is not a fairy tale. This was real, mighty real, and disco-sensation Sylvester was the piper.

Yale-trained sociologist Joshua Gamson uses Sylvester's life to lead us through the story of the 1970s, when a generation took off its shame. Celebrity, sociology, and music history mingle in this endlessly entertaining story of a singer who embodied the freedom, spirit, and flamboyance of a golden moment in American culture.

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