Fayette Hauser and Friends
Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

 

celebrating the release of

THE COCKETTES

published by Process Books/Feral House

The influence of the Cockettes on American underground culture is present in every glittery sequin and candy-colored coiffure gracing our daily lives. Birthed in an LSD bathed commune in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district in the summer of 1969, The Cockettes were a fever dream of sexual freedom and expression. They granted themselves names and identities that reflected their inner wild selves then put it all on the stage with elaborate costumes in anarchic musical productions. Gay, straight, bisexual, pansexual— The Cockettes were everything. The photos here are shared from museums, magazines, and the private collection of founding and long-time Cockette, Fayette Hauser. Her memories of the people, places, and outfits are the only documents from a living member of this vital art collective.

Fayette Hauser's new book is the first and only comprehensive look at the hugely influential hippy trans-collective performance troupe the Cockettes who defined, through their theatricality, costume, and communal living, the spirit of that period in myriad and colorful ways. The 2017 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love celebrations have included The Cockettes in three museum exhibitions that garnered much publicity as well as feature articles in magazines both print and online, worldwide.

Fayette Hauser is an actress and costume designer, known for The Life of Juanita Castro (1965), Isle of Lesbos (1997) and My Brother Jack (1997). She was one of the founding members of The Cockettes. Visit: fayettehauser.com