Cabaret chanteuse and queer icon Justin Vivian Bond has a new video out today, which we're excited to be premiering on Papermag, featuring the artist performing the song "Golden Age of Hustlers," written by legendary punk transsexual singer Bambi Lake. The song -- and visuals -- revolve around the '70s-era, pre-AIDS epidemic hustling scene in San Francisco's Polk St. thoroughfare. The clip shows Bond singing onstage alongside key players in the NYC LGBTQ scene (including drag queen and Beautiful Person Merrie Cherry and transgender writer Kate Bornstein) while archival footage from the era (including shots of Lake) play in the background. And we'd be remiss not to give a s/o to the amazing costumes and headwear going on (we particularly love the feather-y turban worn by one performer).
Bambi Lake, for those not in the know, remains a controversial San Francisco legend. A Bay Area native, she was once part of the Cockettes and Angels of Light in the 1970s. Now she's viewed as the type of human being that the city's new breed of tech-babies would gleefully and publicly ridicule. She is part of a San Francisco that's eroding/eroded. A canary in the coal mine for, as video director Silas Howard puts it, "certain creative rebels."