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David Bowie made me gay : 100 years of LGBT music / Darryl W. Bullock
Bib ID 7541274
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Author
Bullock, Darryl W., author
 
Description London : Overlook Duckworth, 2017 
©2017 
358 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm 
ISBN 9781468315592 ((US))
1468315595 ((US))
9780715651926 ((UK))
0715651927 ((UK))
Summary

With the advent of recording technology, LGBT messages were for the first time brought to the forefront of popular music. Bullock covers the history of recorded music by and for the LGBT community, and shows how those records influenced the evolution of the music we listen to today. He discusses how gay, lesbian, and bisexual performers influenced jazz and blues; examines the almost forgotten Pansy Craze in the years between the two World Wars; chronicles the dark years after the depression when gay life was driven deep underground; celebrates the re-emergence of LGBT performers in the post-Stonewall years; and highlights today's most legendary out-gay pop stars.

"This revealing and timely book is a must-have for anyone passionate about music. LGBT musicians have shaped the development of music over the last century, with a sexually progressive soundtrack in the background of the gay community's struggle for acceptance worldwide. With the advent of recording technology, LGBT messages were for the first time transferred from the cabaret stage and brought to the homes of millions. David Bowie Made Me Gay is the first book to cover the breadth of history of recorded music by and for the LGBT community: How have those records influenced the evolution of the music we listen to today? How have they inspired whole generations of disenfranchised youth? How could we ever have the Scissor Sisters or Lady Gaga without Billie Holiday, Disco and David Bowie? Through new interviews and contemporary reports, David Bowie Made Me Gay uncovers the lives of the people who made these records, and offers a lively canter through the scarcely documented history of LGBT music-makers. Bullock discusses the invaluable influence gay men, lesbians and bisexuals had on the growth of Jazz and Blues; looks at the almost forgotten world of gay life in the years between the two World Wars when many LGBT performers enjoyed a fame and freedom that would not be seen again until the 1970s and '80s; explores the emergence of Disco and Glamrock that gave birth to today's most legendary out-gay pop stars: Elton John, Boy George, Freddie Mercury, George Michael; and asks where we are today." -- Publisher's description

Full contents
  • Introduction: Once upon a time in a disco far, far away...
  • David Bowie made me gay
  • Pretty baby
  • Bull dyker blues
  • The pansy craze
  • Europe before the war
  • Strange fruit
  • Camp records
  • Do you come here often?
  • Electronic sounds
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-351) and index.

Subjects Homosexuality and music.  |  Homosexuality and popular music.  |  Sex in music.  |  Popular music -- History and criticism -- 20th century.  |  Popular music -- History and criticism -- 21st century.  |  Gay musicians.  |  SOCIAL SCIENCE / LGBT Studies / General.  |  MUSIC / History & Criticism.  |  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture.
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