Gay Hustler Scene Of The ’70s Is Celebrated In New Justin Vivian Bond Project

Ah, nostalgia. If you’re like us and have wistfully wondered what gay life was like in San Francisco during the pre-HIV/AIDS era, here’s a treat. The magnificently-talented Justin Vivian Bond has filmed a video interpretation of “Golden Age of Hustlers,” a ditty written by legendary punk transsexual chanteuse, Bambi Lake.

Directors Silas Howard and Erin Greenwell called on NYC downtown darlings and icons, such as transgender writer Kate Bornstein and drag queens Merrie Cherry and Untitled Queen and incorporated evocative vintage clips to bring their magical vision to glorious life. Think of it as a west coast spin on “Walk of the Wild Side” and enjoy.

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  • throwslikeagirl

    I flat-out love v. I’ve seen the future and it is spelled Justin Vivian Bond. To see v perform publicly is to feel emotionally and intellectually uplifted. Transcendent.

  • DistingueTraces

    This is lovely.

    I wish I could find a video of Bambi Lake herself doing it herself though – she’s still around, somebody sneak up on her with an iphone while she’s singing it!

  • contos

    Artfully done, and quite beautiful.

  • mullinob

    luv me sum Vivian Bond! good stuff.

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