David Bowie Made Me Gay by Darryl W. Bullock

David Bowie Made Me Gay

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 in...

Details David Bowie Made Me Gay

TitleDavid Bowie Made Me Gay
Release DateNov 21st, 2017
PublisherThe Overlook Press
GenreMusic, History, Lgbt, Nonfiction, Glbt, Queer, Culture, Pop Culture

Reviews David Bowie Made Me Gay

  • Nicole Valentine
    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 a huge breadth of knowledge and appreciation for so much more. Thoroughly enjoyed the chapters on the New York and London punk scene and was fascinated ...
  • Joshua
    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 sexual icon, the book was actually a fascinating history about Queer musicians starting with the rise of Jazz in the early 1900s and ending in our curre...
  • Christopher Jones
    What an incredible read , informative in an interesting and upBEAT way, total page turning paradise........
  • Kevin
    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 and setbacks in the quest for gay civil rights."Written histories have tended to straightwash the stories of the female pioneers of the blues," writes Bull...
  • Mark Schlatter
    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 Johnny Mathis and Leslie Gore were gay, the existence of Camp Records and gay novelty LPs, the support of African American communities in the 1920's for ...
  • Véronique
    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 i really enjoyed the chapters that were more focused on 1-2 artists and dealt in depth with them.
  • Alan
    Rich, compelling and filled with detail and information. Telling a long silent story of the importance of LGBT musicians, it also dips into politics and shines a light on the struggles and challenges faced by our communities.
  • Sam Blake
    3.75Not the full 4 bc there was a bit of dead naming and misuse of pronouns. Not anywhere near 5 bc of the lack of control in narrative. There didn't feel to be a point with some of the 'tangents'. Or chapters would end really suddenly. Otherwise enjoyable.
  • Vicki
    Fantastic history of LGBT music all the way from known origins to present day. well researched & written. Any true music lover & all of us in the LGBT community should be required to read this.
  • Jan Michaels
    not exactly well written and there's plenty of omissions but there was also material I wasn't aware of........still a fun read!