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Live from the Stud! - Etta James, Sylvester and more - when live music first ruled Folsom Street

Live from the Stud! - Etta James, Sylvester and more - when live music first ruled Folsom Street

By Michael Flanagan

When we think of entertainment in our bars, the chances are that we think of drag performances or DJs more often than live music. But from the 1960s to the 1980s at the Stud (then at 1535 Folsom Street), live performances often ruled the night.

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By Michael Flanagan | August 22, 2018

Charles Pierce's connection to San Francisco history is easily lost due to his larger than life personality and his talent.

By Michael Flanagan | July 25, 2018

A literary spark started fires on both U.S. coasts following World War II. The Beat writers in New York and the Berkeley renaissance poets in the Bay Area started out separately, but they converged in a conflagration that burns to this day.


By Michael Flanagan | June 20, 2018

From 1975 to 1988 Frank Banks was both defined by and helped define The Mint (1942 Market) in San Francisco. He would go on to play other bars before he left and his presence here was felt all the way to City Hall, but The Mint was his home.

By Michael Flanagan | May 23, 2018

When Laverne Cummings died in a pedestrian accident in Las Vegas on March 22, 2018, we lost more than an astounding artist, vocalist and female impersonator. We lost a connection to a world that is quickly fading from view.


By Michael Flanagan | April 25, 2018

Linda Pancost's forty years of gay bars in San Francisco included The Tower Lounge and The Phone Booth.

By Michael Flanagan | March 18, 2018

The late 1980s saw something of an explosion of women's venues, which was followed shortly thereafter with an implosion. Café San Marcos found itself in an unusual situation: Was it a mixed bar or a women's bar?


By Michael Flanagan | February 18, 2018

Late in 2016, the press buzzed with word of tunnels beneath the 900 block of Market Street that provided escape routes from bars. There was more underground about these bars than tunnels, however. They were a hotbed of trade.

By Michael Flanagan | January 21, 2018

There is a special kind of performer who is somewhat well known by the world at large, but held a special place in the heart of San Franciscans. The actor, comic and writer Michael Greer was one of these performers.


By Michael Flanagan | December 14, 2017

The roots of our holiday traditions in the gay community run deep. It should come as no surprise that when the darkest days of the AIDS crisis hit, we responded in the spirit of the season.

By Michael Flanagan | October 26, 2017

Curious about the history of pagan and occult interests among LGBT people in San Francisco? This is the perfect time of year to explore that topic.


By Michael Flanagan | September 24, 2017

During its classic period from 1977 to 1979, the magazine "Drummer" introduced the growing leather culture to both San Francisco and the world.

By Michael Flanagan | August 20, 2017

When we think of the history of our community, we usually think of neighborhoods. But there are places that exist outside of neighborhoods, and Club Dori was one of them.


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