Temple Beautiful, the latest album from local rock songwriter Chuck Prophet, is basically a tribute to San Francisco: Different songs deal with notable parts of the city's history. A few months ago we premiered the song "Castro Halloween," which tells the story of the grisly murders that ended the neighborhood's notoriously fabulous Halloween parties.
With his new video for "White Night, Big City," Prophet deals again with a Castro-related conflict: The 1979 riots that followed the lenient sentencing of Dan White, who murdered S.F. supervisor and gay rights activist Harvey Milk and then-mayor George Moscone. The riots took place the night of May 21, after White was convicted of voluntary manslaughter -- not first-degree murder. After the ruling, Castro erupted into a violent confrontation between gays and police, a standoff that eventually led to the gay community gaining more influence in local affairs. (Albeit at a tragic cost.)
That's heavy material for a rock 'n' roll song, but as he did with "Castro Halloween," Prophet tells the story with a mix of compassion, outrage, and undiluted affection for this city. The Thaddeus Homan-directed clip contains some gorgeous old footage of S.F., too. Check out after the jump.
Chuck Prophet's new album, Temple Beautiful, is out Feb. 7 on YepRoc records. He plays Great American Music Hall on March. 30.