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Folsom Street Blues: A Memoir of 1970s SoMa and Leatherfolk in Gay San Francisco
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2012
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I lived in San Francisco many different times beginning in 1966--for several years each time. Lived all over the city, and for the final few years SoMa. Though I was not involved in the leather scene, I did the Haight/hippie number, returned later to come out as gay, still later as a student, working man, etc. The author recreated the feelings and experiences I had all through the Bay Area, which I left in 2000 for probably the final time. Sweet and sad and painful memories, but rarely a dull week went by. It was a magic place. Very accurate account of how much the city itself changed during those years, how we helped change it in the early years, and how it left us fewer spaces to live later on--with increasing crime, threats, and rents. A well-told tale that will help refresh my memories for years to come, no doubt.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2013
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I've visited many times but never lived in SF, I chose Manhattan as my refuge. That said, now nearing 60, Folsom Street Blues is all so familiar. The names and places may be different but the memories will live forever. I too had to escape and went back to a Midwestern university. I'll never forget during the first few weeks of classes thinking about where I would have been and what I would have been doing... We lived complex lives on the fringe. Jim Stewart is masterful in returning us to a time and place where some of us lived and others can't imagine.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2012
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I have always been fascinated by this period of time in gay culture, pre AIDS when everyone felt free and safe to explore. This book tells it so well, I felt like I was there. A must read for every gay man!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 2013
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For anyone, gay or straight, who wants to understand how and why we are where we are today should read this book. I found it very interesting, and reminiscent of gay life in San Francisco years ago from one particular point of view. Well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2012
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I was so thrilled to read Folsom Street Blues. Since I was around San Francisco at the time, I remember putting on my worn Levi's, my worn t-shirt, my boots and old leather jacket and heading to those bars south of Market. Loved places like the Slot and the Boot Camp. Great memories, GREAT book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2013
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This is a well-written account of an era never to be duplicated. The author shares his memories in a way that takes us on a tour of day-to-day life in SoMa in the time when gay men could explore and connect to the extent of their masculine lust. Wonderful account of one man's life. I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2013
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I'm a gay man in my late 50's; have never been to SF. FSB gives a good depiction of the "gay scene" in SF in the 70's and 80's. Really enjoyed it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2014
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It is a good reflection of a time in history located on Folsom Street. Having visited there it has a lot to identify with.
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on February 27, 2014
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While I am personally only a little acquainted with San Francisco and have never participated in its leather scene, I found Jim Stewart's "Folsom Street Blues" very engaging, wonderfully descriptive, and surprisingly arriodite. I highly recommend it to anyone who might appreciate a truly intelligent read of gay SF in the 1970's.
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Very interesting read, I am familiar with a lot of the locations and people mentioned in the book. Its a part of history of the San Francisco area. I am glad that I purchased this book.
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