David Bowie Made Me Gay

David Bowie Made Me Gay : 100 Years of LGBT Music

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From Sia to Elton John, Dusty Springfield to Little Richard, LGBT voices have changed the course of modern music. But in a world before they gained understanding and a place in the mainstream, how did the queer musicians of yesteryear fight to build foundations for those who would come after them?

Pulling back the curtain on the colourful legacy that has shaped all of our musical and cultural landscape, music aficionado and writer Darryl W. Bullock reveals the inspiring and often heart-breaking stories of internationally renowned stars, as well as numerous lesser-known names that have driven the revolution from all corners of the globe: those whose personal stories against the threat of persecution during decades of political and historical turmoil - including two world wars, Stonewall and the AIDS crisis - has led to some of the most significant and soul-searching music of the last century. Bullock chronicles these struggles through new interviews and archival reports, dating from the birth of jazz in the red-light district of New Orleans, through the rock 'n' roll years, Swinging Sixties and all-singing and all-dancing disco days of the '70s, right up to modern pop, electronica and reggae.

A treasure-trove of untold histories, David Bowie Made Me Gay is a moving and provocative story of the right to be heard and the need to keep the fight for equality in the spotlight.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 372 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 30mm | 359g
  • Duckworth
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0715652990
  • 9780715652992
  • 300,409

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'An important volume. One that deserves to be read. One that deserves to be taught.' * New York Journal of Books * 'A thorough and enjoyable tour through LGBT history that underlines how important music is to us, and how important we are to music' -- Rod Thomas, Bright Light Bright Light 'Darryl W. Bullock leaves no stone unturned in his analysis of this crucial part of LGBT culture' * Men 24 Magazine * 'An excellent book' * GayStarNews * 'Lovingly detailed and exhaustively researched - easily the most readable and comprehensive guide I've seen to this fascinating hidden history' -- Tom Robinson, musician, broadcaster and long-time LGBT rights activist
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About Darryl W. Bullock

Darryl W. Bullock - a veritable Bard of the bent, broken and Baroque (Andy Partridge) - is a writer, publisher and editor specialising in music and the arts. He has been profiled in the Guardian, Sunday Times and Gay Times and has featured on BBC One (The Big Questions), C4 (Come Dine With Me) as well as numerous local and national radio and TV programmes in the UK. Bullock is the author of Florence Foster Jenkins: the Life of the World's Worst Opera Singer (published by Duckworth in 2016). He posts weekly on his popular blog called The World's Worst Records: http://worldsworstrecords.blogspot.ca/
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