How Pop Music Broke the Binary
Edition: First edition.
Description: viii, 254 pages ; 22 cm.
"Why has music so often served as an accomplice to transcendent expressions of gender? Why did the query "is he musical?" become code, in the twentieth century, for "is he gay?" Why is music so inherently queer? For Sasha Geffen, the answers lie, in part,in music's intrinsic quality of subliminal expression, which, through paradox and contradiction, allows rigid gender roles to fall away in a sensual and ambiguous exchange between performer and listener. Glitter Up the Dark traces the history of this gender fluidity in pop music from the early twentieth century to the present day. Starting with early blues and the Beatles and continuing with performers such as David Bowie, Prince, Missy Elliot, and Frank Ocean, Geffen explores how artists have used music, fashion, language, and technology to break out of the confines mandated by gender essentialism and establish the voice as the primary expression of gender transgression. From glam rock and punk to disco, techno, and hip-hop, music helped set the stage for today's conversations about trans rights and recognition of nonbinary and third-gender identities. Glitter Up the Dark takes a long look back at the path that led here."--Page 4 of cover.
Series: American music series (Austin, Tex.)
Contents: Introduction. An Alternate Ribbon of Time -- Screaming the Beatles: The First Boy Band Breaks the Gender Mold -- Oh! You Pretty Things: The Glitter Revolution -- Whining Is Gender Neutral: Punk's Adolescent Escapism -- Wreckers of Civilization: Post-punk,Goth, and Industrial -- Soft Machines: Women, Cyborgs, and Electronic Music -- Not a Woman, Not a Man: Prince's Sapphic Androgyny -- The Fake Makes It Real: Synthpop and MTV -- Infinite Utopia: Queer Time in Disco and House -- Funky Cyborgs: Time, Technology, and Gender in Hip-Hop -- Butch Throats: Women's Music and Riot Grrrl -- God Is Gay: The Grunge Eruption -- No Shape: The Formless Internet -- Coda. Whole New World.
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