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Sylvester Mighty Real T-Shirt

$30.00

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PLEASE SELECT SIZE FROM DROP DOWN MENU You Make Me Feel Mighty Real shirts in Sylvester’s hot pink handwriting in homage to promotional shirts made in 1978 for the #1 single. Proceeds go to the two charities that Sylvester left his royalties after his death: Project Open Hand and PRC (formerly AIDS Emergency Fund). “It might be said that “Mighty Real” began its life in the Palm Lane Church of God in Christ in South Central Los Angeles, where Sylvester was born and raised. A quick listen to “Mighty Real” will tell you, though, that the church never left Sylvester. The sound that became Sylvester’s signature–raw, gospel falsetto riding a bouncing synthesizer–was developed and tested in the vibrant subcultural scenes of San Francisco. He met the synthesizer whiz Patrick Cowley at the Cabaret, a San Francisco gay disco where Sylvester sometimes performed and often danced, and recruited him to play synthesizers on “Mighty Real.” Cowley was instrumental in the development of the Hi-NRG dance music sound that characterizes “Mighty Real.” By 1978, when “Mighty Real” hit the scene, disco had moved considerable gayness, camp, and androgyny into the American mainstream. The song, by the end of the summer 1978, became the number one disco song. Disco and the collective experience of the dance floor were bodily reminders of freedom: the individual and collective throwing off of stigma, the devotional embrace of strangeness, joy, and queer pleasure, the making of the fantasy self into an actual being. “Mighty Real,” with its falsetto realness, was the sound of disco preaching. – Joshua Gamson Printed by Bad Skulls in Oakland. Gildan Hammer 100% Ring Spun Cotton Sizing Chart HERE

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