David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music by Darryl W. Bullock

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Read David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music Online Free - 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. With the advent of recording technology, LGBT messages were for the first time brought to the forefront of popular music. David Bowie Made Me Gay is the first book to cover the breadth of history of recorded music by and for the LGBT community and how those records influenced the evolution of the music we listen to today.

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. Darryl W. Bullock 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 (when many LGBT performers were feted by royalty and Hollywood alike); 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: Elton John, Boy George, Freddie Mercury, and George Michael. 

Title : David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music
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ISBN : 1468315595
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Nicole rated it ★★★★★

July 06, 2017

Lucky enough to have this ARC handed to me in advance and I have to say it's the most comprehensive history of how the LGBT community has shaped the development of music over the last century. I came to this as a 70's and 80's music aficionado with a deep and abiding love for Bowie, and left with...

Joshua rated it ★★★★★

January 09, 2018

There is a pronounced lack of David Bowie in this book, but that doesn't lessen the quality or importance of this work. Darryl W. Bullock captured me with the title, and while I was hoping to read a bit about the Thin White Duke, the man who is quickly becoming my philosophical, intellectual, and...

John rated it ★★★☆☆

February 01, 2018

The first part of this book was really interesting and informative. I never knew there were so many GLBT artists from the 1920's-50's that had such influence on music and the struggles they went through. I enjoyed that part the best. The second half, mostly the 70's to today, was kind of a letdow...

Christopher rated it ★★★★★

October 22, 2017

What an incredible read , informative in an interesting and upBEAT way, total page turning paradise........

Kevin rated it ★★★★☆

January 09, 2018

Darryl W. Bullock's "David Bowie Made Me Gay" is a comprehensive, illuminating and entertaining celebration of LGBT singers, composers, producers and musicians who created music over the last century. Bullock enhances these mini-biographies by placing them in context with historic advancements an...

Mark rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 18, 2018

Overall, I found this a very disappointing read. I think the idea of the book (tracing the influences and performers of LBGT music) is great, and the introduction --- with a big focus on Bowie's importance --- makes an excellent case for the exploration. I learned a lot, including the facts that...

Monical rated it ★★★☆☆

March 19, 2018

An attempt at extensive review of gay and lesbian contributions to popular music. The author is a bit UK centric, so some of the material is obscure to this US reader. I'm grateful that one chapter was about women's music in the 70's and 80's-- at least we got some text, if quite abbreviated. I d...

Trent rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 25, 2018

A breezy survey of LGBT musicians from the late nineteenth century through to the present day. Because some of the information was new to me and interesting, I kept reading. But it was a slog, since there is little in the way of anaylsis or perspective or unifying themes--at times it's like readi...

Vari rated it ★★★★☆

January 29, 2018

Provided very interesting history, and I learned a lot. I also liked that there was more international focus instead of just US/UK. However, I did feel like it focused too much on cis men and sometimes provided too many background details (details of someone’s Mom/Dad and their lives) which felt...

Véronique rated it ★★★☆☆

January 13, 2018

This quite ambitious book would have greatly benefited from a better editing: it tries to cover too much ground and sometimes falls into namedropping; some transitions are shaky; some passages have weird shifts in tone (formal/neutral to familiar/subjective). That being said, i learned a lot and...

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