Synopses & Reviews
The Angels of Light were more than a queer performance troupe in the 1970s; growing out of the equally legendary Cockettes in San Francisco, the Angels were a way of life, putting on trashy, fantastical drag fairy tales in a city and an era that was in the blissful throes of early gay liberation. Adrian Brooks was a charter member of the Angels and the author of most of their shows. In this vivid memoir, San Francisco in the 1970s comes to life, as Brooks recounts amazing stories from behind closed doors. He also describes his early years as a Pennsylvania youth whose life is transformed working with Martin Luther King, then subsequently cavorting in Andy Warhol’s world in Manhattan, before heading west, where the Angels made perfect, beautiful sense of the world. Featuring more than seventy-five full-color photographs, Flight of Angels is a remarkable, elegiac ode to the ecstasy and defiance of queer life and culture before the AIDS crisis.
A vivid, ecstatic memoir of the author's association with the Angels of Light.
About the Author
Adrian Brooks is a poet, performer, novelist, and playwright. Born in 1947 in Philadelphia, he was active in the anti-war and civil rights movements and part of New York?s Soho and Andy Warhol scenes in the early 1970s. From 1973 to 1980, he was at the vanguard of gay liberation with the Angels of Light in San Francisco. Dan Nicoletta is a freelance photographer who worked in Harvey Milk?s camera store in San Francisco in the 1970s; he later worked on Milk?s political campaigns, including his victorious election to public office on one of the first openly gay platforms in the world. His photography has been exhibited widely in the US and Europe.