Biographies of Queer Musicians From disco to classical to pop music, these artists broke down doors, moved us with their songs, and created a new queer musicology. The Fabulous Sylvester: The Legend, The Music, The Seventies in San Francisco by Joshua Gamson In the world of that most disparaged of musical genres 4 disco 4 Sylvester James commands respect in this biography of an out, gay, African-American who dressed in drag and sang with a thundering falsetto and still found mainstream success in the late 1970s and early '80s. Gamson's pulsating use of song lyrics, sounds and descriptions also creates a tangible history of San Francisco as it changed from a joyous oasis of liberation to the epicenter of the AIDS pandemic.
k.d. lang : All You Get Is Me by Victoria Starr This first full-length bio of country/pop chanteuse k. d.
lang examines her courage as a self- proclaimed lesbian and as a performer who has retained control of her career despite pressures to conform. Her account of the politics of sexual orientation, especially in the spotlight, is absorbing . Leonard Bernstein: A Life by Meryle Secrest Seacrest argues that despite high brow critics' condescension, Bernstein widened the audience for classical ... more. less.
music far more than even Pavorati, and that his success included a uniquely American talent for P.R., celebrity, and gossip.<br><br> From the mid-1940s to the mid-'70s, this book offers a sense of the headlong excitement of the golden years of his career. Happy Reading! Sarah Stumpf Assistant Library Coordinator Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Student Support Services Library Indiana University * 705 E.<br><br> 7th Street Bloomington IN 47408-3809 * PH: 812-855-4252