Pride Month is here, and we want to highlight some LGBTQIA musicians and authors featured in 33 1/3!
dc Talk’s Jesus Freak – Late into Reagen’s presidency, three men formed a band, dc Talk, a group with evangelical roots and a unique appeal to secular audiences. Their fourth album, Jesus Freak, became a landmark of the 1990s alternative rock scene and secured them as the face of contemporary Christian music. Written by two queer scholars from evangelical backgrounds, dc Talk’s Jesus Freak explores the multifaceted ideas about race, sexuality, and gender that areembedded in this album. Check out the book here.
David Bowie’s Low – David Bowie came out as gay in 1972, then as bisexual four years later, and then as a “closet homosexual” later in his career. Regardless of Bowie’s fluctuating relationship to sexuality, his lavish theatricality and androgynous persona made him an LGBTQIA icon. In David Bowie’s Low, Hugo Wilken writes about Bowie in Los Angeles, overcome with cocaine-fueled paranoia, harrowed by the angst of the Die Bruke and Expressionist movements. In a captivating analysis, Wilken highlights what became one of Bowie’s most widely acclaimed albums. If you want to read more about an album that inspired the post-rock movement, click here!
Sleater-Kinney’s Dig Me Out – In Olympia, Washington, Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein were pilgrims of the riot grrrl scene, a feminist and LGBTQIA movement that confronted the patriarchal stronghold on alternative rock. In Sleater-Kinney’s Dig Me Out, Jovana Babovic writes about how the band challenged normative notions of gender and sexuality in their music. Want to know how a 1990s all-female band took on sexist and homophobic media and expanded the parameters of rock? Find out more here.
Want more? In the upcoming year, 33 1/3 plans to publish books about Janelle Monáe and Elton John. Judy Garland, a queer icon, will also be featured. Stay tuned!
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