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The Cockettes [DVD] 
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Founded on New Year's Eve, 1969 by George Harris, aka 'Hibiscus', the Cockettes were a troupe of flamboyant hippy drag performers who took San Francisco by storm. Over the next two and a half years they created 20 outrageous and colourful shows (with titles like 'A Crab on Uranus Means You're Loved') and several films, culminating in an off-Broadway show that highlighted the cultural chasm at that time between America's East and West coasts. In this documentary tribute, ex-Cockettes and friends tell the story of those LSD-fuelled, gender-bending party days, interspersed with footage of the Cockettes in action and a commentary on the cultural impact the pioneering performers had at the time and in the years that followed, including the subsequent emergence of glam rock and the influence on artists such as David Bowie.
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This film is lovingly made and shows the real story behing this colourful truly creative troupe of people.
These people were wild and free. Some survived some not.
Yes these people used drugs, but the creation and unsurpassed creativity that it spawned was never to be seen again.
I totally agree with the words spoken by their manager : "I wouldn't want to have missed this for all the money in the world"
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This video should be required viewing for every student of contemporary American history, although it's guaranteed to turn conservative's hair white. For that reason alone it should be preserved as a cultural artifact in what has become a drab and dreary country.
Those were the days ...
The inclusion of the old footage is well worth the price along, and most of these relic get lost or jusy thrown out.
It is a marvellious tribute to mostly now dead trailblazers.Well recommended,