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Watch a new documentary about disco legend Sylvester

It features interviews with Billy Porter, James Wirrick, Sylvester’s sister Bernadette Baldwin and more

  • Patrick Hinton
  • 22 June 2020
Watch a new documentary about disco legend Sylvester

A new documentary called Love Me Like You Should: The Brave and Bold Sylvester is out now.

Amazon Music is releasing the short film about the US disco legend, who put out hits such as ‘You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)’ and ‘Dance (Disco Heat)’, in celebration of LGBTQI+ pride month.

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It features archival footage, rare performance clips and interviews with Billy Porter, The Weather Girls member Martha Wash, Sylvester’s sister Bernadette Baldwin, biographer Josh Gamson, songwriter James Wirrick, and more.

The film blurb notes: “Through his groundbreaking career, Sylvester blew open the doors for queer visibility and gender fluidity in mainstream music, leaving a legacy that continues to influence today's pop music.”

Billy Porter says: “He was a gender-fluid Black man in mainstream music. That hasn’t happened since. There’s been a lot of us who have tried, and I’ve been trying for 30 years. Nobody did it like Sylvester.”

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Filmmaker Lauren Tabak helmed the making of the film alongside writer and consulting producer Barry Walters.

Watch it below.

Patrick Hinton is Mixmag's Digital Features Editor, follow him on Twitter

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