Performing Glam Rock: Gender and Theatricality in Popular Music

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University of Michigan Press, 2006 - Music - 259 pages
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When it first appeared in the early 1970s, glam rock not only caused a stir among audiences and performers, it also stood counterculture and psychedelic rock on their heads. Glam rock was outrageous and overtly theatrical, and its unforgettable characters-adorned with flamboyant costumes and heavy makeup and accompanied by elaborately constructed sets-were personified by performers such as Marc Bolan, David Bowie, Bryan Ferry, and Suzi Quatro. A sea change in rock performance had occurred.

Yet glam was as much about substance as style, and Performing Glam Rock delves into the many ways glam paved the way for new explorations of identity in terms of gender, sexuality, and performance. Philip Auslander positions glam historically and examines it as a set of performance strategies, exploring the ways in which glam rock-while celebrating the showmanship of 1950s rock and roll-began to undermine rock's adherence to the ideology of authenticity in the late 1960s.

In this important study of a too-often-overlooked phenomenon, Auslander takes a fresh look at the genius of the glam movement and introduces glam to a new generation of performance enthusiasts and scholars alike.

Philip Auslander is Professor in the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture at the Georgia Institute of Technology and author of numerous books, including Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture and Presence and Resistance: Postmodernism and Cultural Politics in Contemporary American Performance. He is editor of the major reference work Performance: Critical Concepts and coeditor, with Carrie Sandahl, of Bodies in Commotion: Disability and Performance.
  

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Contents

Introduction
3
Glamticipations
9
Glamography
39
Canonical Glam Rock Artists
43
King of the Highway Queen of the
71
Tyrannosaurus Rex ca 1968
77
Marc Bolan ca 1972
93
t Who Can I Be Now?
106
Roxy Music ca 197Z
155
Roy Wood performing with Wizzard ca 1974
184
Suzi Quatro Wants to Be Your
193
Suzi Quatro ca 1974
202
Glamology
227
Works Cited
235
Index
249
Copyright

B Inauthentic Voices
150

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