Shock and Awe

Shock and Awe

Glam Rock and Its Legacy From the Seventies to the Twenty-first Century

Book - 2016
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"From the acclaimed author of Rip It Up and Start Again and Retromania--"the foremost popular music critic of this era (Times Literary Supplement)--comes the definitive cultural history of glam and glitter rock, celebrating its outlandish fashion and outrageous stars, including David Bowie and Alice Cooper, and tracking its vibrant legacy in contemporary pop. Spearheaded by David Bowie, Alice Cooper, T. Rex, and Roxy Music, glam rock reveled in artifice and spectacle. Reacting against the hairy, denim-clad rock bands of the late Sixties, glam was the first true teenage rampage of the new decade. In Shock and Awe, Simon Reynolds takes you on a wild cultural tour through the early Seventies, a period packed with glitzy costumes and alien make-up, thrilling music and larger-than-life personas. Shock and Awe offers a fresh, in-depth look at the glam and glitter phenomenon, placing it the wider Seventies context of social upheaval and political disillusion. It explores how artists like Lou Reed, New York Dolls, and Queen broke with the hippie generation, celebrating illusion and artifice over truth and authenticity. Probing the genre's major themes--stardom, androgyny, image, decadence, fandom, apocalypse--Reynolds tracks glams legacy as it unfolded in subsequent decades, from Eighties art-pop icons like Kate Bush through to twenty-first century idols of outrage such as Lady Gaga. Shock and Awe shows how the original glam artists obsessions with fame, extreme fashion, and theatrical excess continue to reverberate through contemporary pop culture,"
Publisher: New York, NY : Dey St., 2016
Edition: First Dey Street paperback edition
ISBN: 9780062279804
Branch Call Number: 781.6609 REYNOLDS
Characteristics: xi, 687 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), facsimiles, portraits ; 23 cm


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Mark_Daly Aug 15, 2017

"I've always been famous. It's just no one knew it yet." - Lady Gaga

Mark_Daly Aug 15, 2017

"I always had a repulsive sort of need to be something more than human." - David Bowie

Mark_Daly Aug 15, 2017

"I see no reason why the freaks shouldn't be represented in the charts." - Marc Bolan

Mark_Daly Aug 15, 2017

"Glamour could be defined as the lie you tell so well you believe it yourself, and make others believe it too."


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Mark_Daly Aug 15, 2017

Exhaustive - and exhausting. Glam proper lasted just four years, but Reynolds wrings 650 pages out of the phenomenon by unearthing stylistic connections between the era's glittery mainstays (Marc Bolan, David Bowie) and other acts (Alice Cooper, Slade). A lengthy epilogue amusingly traces glam's echoes through 30-plus years of subsequent pop music.


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