The Bars Are Ours: Histories and Cultures of Gay Bars in America,1960 and After

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Duke University Press
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6.0 X 8.9 X 1.1 inches | 1.5 pounds

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About the Author
Lucas Hilderbrand is Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Irvine, and author of Inherent Vice: Bootleg Histories of Videotape and Copyright, also published by Duke University Press, and Paris Is Burning: A Queer Film Classic.
"A powerful celebration and examination of LGBTQIA+ nightlife. This book will serve as a significant record of evolving cultural touchstones and queer communities across the country." (Starred Review)--Kate Bellody "Library Journal" (10/1/2023 12:00:00 AM)
"A fascinating archival deep dive. . . . Chock-full of excerpts from local gay press rags, recent oral histories, and a treasure trove of old fliers and ads that are as sexy as they are clever and funny, the book shows how the bars reflected the queer communities they attracted--in their irreverence, activism, and spirit of warmth and safety, as well as (sometimes) their overt or implicit discrimination and bias against patrons who did not fit a certain cisgender, gay white male ideal."--Tim Murphy "The Body" (11/10/2023 12:00:00 AM)
"Lucas Hilderbrand's The Bars Are Ours is a true tour de force. It is a comprehensive historical study of gay bars in the United States that is at once exhaustively researched and beautifully precise. Hilderbrand demonstrates a true respect for this history and tells it in a vital new way. Clearly and elegantly written, this is a nuanced, conceptual, and moving work."--Christina B. Hanhardt, author of "Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence"
"The Bars Are Ours is a joy to read. Lucas Hilderbrand is able to insert himself into his narrative in ways that make it come alive and, at the same time, steps back and analyzes. The stories are so compelling! Some made me laugh, some left me teary-eyed, and some offered eye-opening insights into a history that is shamefully undertold and underappreciated."--John D'Emilio, author of "Memories of a Gay Catholic Boyhood: Coming of Age in the Sixties"
"In his historical opus, Hilderbrand makes a comprehensive study of the history of gay bars in America from 1960 to the present day."--Gary Day "Booklist" (9/8/2023 12:00:00 AM)