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  • Glam Rock

    Glam Rock is also known as Glitter Rock, but by whom, I’ve no idea, and must herewith assume that this is in the UK, being as that most claim that Glam Rock is a mainly European musical movement. Glam Rock came in, as the hippies moved out, in the early ’70’s. Glam Rock was essentially a blend of all semi-popular underground themes, like camp, sci-fi, theatre, nostalgia, and hard rock; creating a very unique sound, in and of itself.

    Glam Rock reached its peak in the early 1970’s, with artists like Marc Bolan and his band T.Rex, David Bowie, Queen, Roxy Music, Brian Eno, Slade, Gary Glitter, Sweet, Mott The Hoople, Alvin Stardust, Mud, and Cockney Rebel. The US scene was not as widespread and commercial as Glam Rock in the UK, and was mainly limited to cities like New York, Detroit, Cleveland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, where the fans were thickest. Glam Rock in the US was made most popular by bands like Alice Cooper, Sparks, Lou Reed, New York Dolls, Kiss, Iggy Pop, Jobriath, and Wayne County.

    The music, in terms of feel, and style was mainly composed of rich themes, described as “languid and narcotic” by popular sources; as well as being related in sound and style to Rolling Stones, or at least influenced by the band itself. In terms of lyrics, they were mostly oriented towards the usual themes of pop culture, but also mythology, literature, pseudo-philosophy, science fiction, and teen revolution. A couple examples would be,  T.Rex’s “Children of the Revolution”, Sweet’s “Teenage Rampage”, and David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel.” The fans of the genre would try to pull off a deliberately artificial, or synthetic look in the name of fashion, as a fusion of futurism, and transvestism. Popular media called glam fans “glitter kids.”

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