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David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music

David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music

by DarrylW Bullock
David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music

David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music

by DarrylW Bullock


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The most “sweeping” and “comprehensive” (Kirkus Reviews, “Best Nonfiction Books of 2017”) history of LGBT music ever compiled, encompassing a century of music by and for the LGBT community

From Sia to Elton John, from Billie Holiday to David Bowie, LGBT musicians have changed the course of modern music. But before their music—and the messages behind it—gained understanding and a place in the mainstream, how did the queer musicians of yesteryear fight to build foundations for those who would follow them? David Bowie Made Me Gay is the first book to cover the breadth of history of recorded music by and for the LGBT community.

Darryl W. Bullock reveals the stories of both famous and lesser-known LGBT musicians, whose perseverance 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 disco days of the ’70s, right up to modern pop, electronica, and reggae. An entertaining treasure-trove of untold history for all music lovers, David Bowie Made Me Gay is an inspiring, nostalgic, and provocative story of right to be heard and the need to keep the fight for equality in the spotlight.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781468316919
Publisher: Abrams Press
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 695,224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Darryl W. Bullock is a publisher, editor, and writer specializing in numerous areas including music and the arts. He is the author of The World’s Worst Records and posts weekly on his popular blog, The World’s Worst Records. Bullock helped launch We Are Family, the UK’s first magazine for LGBT families and their friends. He is the author of David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music andFlorence Foster Jenkins: A Life of the World's Worst Opera Singer.

Table of Contents

A Note on Sources ix

Introduction: Once Upon a Time in a disco far, far away … 1

1 David Bowie Made Me Gay 7

2 Pretty Baby 19

3 Bull Dyker Blues 37

4 The Pansy Craze 53

5 Europe Before the War 69

6 Strange Fruit 83

7 Camp Records 105

8 Do You Come Here Often? 117

9 Electronic Sounds 131

10 After Stonewall 141

11 Living With Lesbians 163

12 Lavender Country 187

13 Can't Stop the Music 205

14 The 1970s: Political and Pink 227

15 The Aggressive Style Punk Rock 241

16 The 1980s: Small Town Boys 257

17 Hope and Homophobia 279

18 Scandal 295

19 Out and Proud in the Twenty-First Century 311

Acknowledgements 328

Bibliography 329

Image Credits 333

Endnotes 335

Index 352

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