From Elton John to Little Richard, Bessie Smith to Dusty Springfield and Boy George to Sia – via lesser-known and cult musicians such as trans composer Wendy Carlos, Jobriath, and Divine – David Bowie Made Me Gay is a collection of hidden histories, pulling back the curtain on the colourful legacy that formed our musical and cultural landscape.
Through new interviews and contemporary reports, David Bowie Made Me Gay uncovers the real story of LGBT music-makers, revealing the lives of the people who made the records, and witnessed first-hand the cultural revolution that they helped to create.
Music aficionado and author Darryl W. Bullock chronicles the sexually progressive soundtrack to the LGBT community’s struggle for acceptance worldwide. He takes us through jazz and the blues; the interwar years, when many LGBT performers enjoyed a fame and freedom that would not be seen again until the 1970s and ’80s; and explores the emergence of disco and glam, genres which paved the way for the modern era’s most legendary out-gay pop stars. Bullock also looks at the influence on more unexpected genres including country and western music and rap, and shows how attitudes are being challenged through music in still-conflicted parts of the world such as Russia, Jamaica and Nigeria.
With 2019 marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and gender identity and the fight for equality perhaps more important today than ever before, David Bowie Made Me Gay is a tremendously timely and provocative look at how the spectrum of LGBT culture has influenced and brought (ch-ch-ch-)changes to the mainstream.
With over fifty black/white and colour images!
Ondertitel: 100 Years of LGBT Music
Auteur: Darryl Bullock
Jaar van uitgave: 2018
Aantal pagina’s: 372
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