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 1920: popularity Mamie Smith’s “Crazy Blues” led to an explosion in blues music, especially among female singers  Ma Rainey: “Prove It On Me Blues”

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2  1920: popularity Mamie Smith’s “Crazy Blues” led to an explosion in blues music, especially among female singers  Ma Rainey: “Prove It On Me Blues”  Bessie Smith: vaudeville performances, race records  Lyrics laced with double entendres

3  1935: Lucille Bogan (Bessie Jackson) – “B.D. Woman’s Blues”  Popularity of blues declined in the 1940s  Visibility of queer artists also declined during that time

4  1920s-50s: Cole Porter › “I Get A Kick Out of You” › “Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall In Love”  1930s – 1980s: Liberace › Flamboyant pianist › Strongly denied being gay, frequently sued people who accused him of being gay

5  1930s – 1990s: Frances Fay: jazz, cabaret, showtune singer › “My name is Frances—I’m very gay, gay, gay” › Numerous double entendres in lyrics  Peter Allen: Liza Minnelli's ex husband

6  Billy Tipton: jazz musician › Assigned female at birth › Lived as a man throughout his music career (some say because of sexism in music industry)  Rufus Wainwright: heavily influenced by Cole Porter

7  Johnny Mathis: active since the 50s, came out as gay in 1982 › “Wonderful, Wonderful” › Christmas songs › Obnoxious vibrato  Dusty Springfield: openly bisexual › “I Only Want To Be With You” › “What Have I Done To Deserve This?”

8  Laura Nyro: wrote songs for Barbra Streisand, The 5 th Dimension, many more  Elton John  1980s: explosion of gay pop & new wave artists › Boy George (Culture Club) › George Michael (Wham!) › Pet Shop Boys › Erasure › The Smiths › B-52s

9  Jill Sobule: “I Kissed A Girl” (1996) › “Supermodel” from Clueless › Pink Pearl  Lance Bass came out in 2006  Rise of Lady Gaga & Born This Way domination  Adam Lambert

10  1939: “Lavender Cowboy” by Vernon Dalhart, banned from the radio  1973: Lavender Country released debut album  k.d. lang: Canadian country singer › Came out as gay in 1992, not well received in the U.S.  2010: Chely Wright came out

11  1972: Joan Baez came out after ending her marriage  Bernice Johnson Reagon: lead member of Sweet Honey (all women’s a cappella group)  Indigo Girls: both openly gay, strong queer fanbase  Lilith Fair: Sarah McLachlan’s all women’s summer tour, & 2010  Anne DiFranco: “poster dyke”, radical queer?

12  1950s – present: constant speculation about Little Richard’s sexuality  1970s – present: David Bowie › Rise of glam rock › Androgynous  1970s-1990s: Freddie Mercury  Lou Reed › “Walk on the Wild Side” › The Velvet Underground

13  Janis Joplin: bisexual woman, prominent figure in rock music › “Me and Bobby McGee” › “Piece of My Heart” › Joplin & Juanita Green placed a stone on Bessie Smith’s previously unmarked grave  Joan Jett: lead member of The Runaways › “I Love Rock N’ Roll”  Linda Perry: 4 Non Blondes › “What’s Up”

14  Riot grrrl movement › Sleater-Kinney › The Butchies  Michael Stipe of R.E.M. is openly bisexual  Melissa Etheridge: came out in 1993 › “Come To My Window” › “I’m The Only One”  Sigur Ros: lead singer Jonsi is openly gay  Laura Jane Grace: lead singer/guitarist of Against Me!, came out as trans in 2012

15  Largely centered in urban areas, with visible gay & lesbian communities  The Village People: parodied gay stereotypes, sold over 65 million records  Grace Jones: androgynous model & disco star › “I Need A Man” › “Pull Up to the Bumper”  Sylvester › “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)  RuPaul: “Supermodel”

16  Openly and viciously homophobic lyrics  Hypermasculinity (and homoeroticism)  Irony of “swag”  Queer hip-hop artists  Rise of sissy bounce from southern hip-hop  Azealia Banks  Caushun  Nicky Da B  Le1f  Mykki Blanco  House of LaDosha

17  Teddy Prendergrass › Caught with a trans woman after a car accident  Eddie Murphy › Found with a trans female prostitute  Luther Vandross › Media constantly speculated his sexuality  Frank Ocean: came out as bisexual in 2012

18  Openly homophobic lyrics  Artists frequently promote queer bashing & murder in their songs  Beenie Man  Elephant Man  Buju Banton

19  The Radio Dept.: Swedish shoegaze & dream pop band › “Keen On Boys” about a straight-identified man sleeping with a gay man  The Knife: Swedish electronic duo › Shaking The Habitual covers current topics in queer theory  Perfume Genius: openly gay singer-songwriter › Many songs about his experiences as a young gay prostitute & his battles with drug addiction

20  Rostam Batmanglij: Vampire Weekend & Discovery  Owen Pallett: composer, singer, violinist from Arcade Fire & solo career  Amanda Palmer: The Dresden Dolls, solo career  Tegan & Sara  The Hidden Cameras


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