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David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music

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David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music

Darryl W. Bullock

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ISBN 13: 978-14683-1559-2
Trim Size: 6"x9"
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The most comprehensive history of LGBT music ever compiled, encompassing a century of music by and for the LGBT community

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.


“Thoroughly readable and entertaining. This appealing little biography . . . is warmhearted and delightful.” ―Alexander McCall Smith, The New York Times Book Review

"It's a fascinating, exquisitely written book that will make you a fan if not of her singing, than of her times of when Americans could redefine themselves and make themselves into whatever they wanted to be. It's quite a beauty."―Tony Norman, NPR On Point

"The book is a howl. It is also a carefully researched, lucid account of this singular woman's life and thoughts."―Robert Croan, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Bullock admiringly relates [Florence’s] remarkable life and story with great verve.”

“This is an entertaining little biography, well grounded in cited research…of the wealthy New York socialite who made herself into a musical cult figure.”
—Shelf Awareness

“Just in time for the Hollywood blitz, author Darryl Bullock’s biography of the ‘world’s worst opera singer’ digs into Jenkins’ ancestry, marriages, social life, opera career, and her hilariously scathing reviews…she sounds like a piano falling down the stairs. But what she lacked in talent, she made up for with moxie.”
—BUST Magazine

“[On Florence Foster Jenkins] Probably the most complete and absolute lack of talent ever publicly displayed.”
—Life Magazine

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 the acclaimed biography Florence Foster Jenkins: A Life of the World's Worst Opera Singer.

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