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1 Queerness In Music By Kenny

2 1920s – 1940s: Blues 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 1920s – 1940s: Blues 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 – Present: Jazz & Cabaret
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 1920s – Present: Jazz & Cabaret
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 1920s – Present: Jazz & Cabaret
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 1950s – Present: Pop 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 1950s – Present: Pop Laura Nyro: wrote songs for Barbra Streisand, The 5th 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 1950s – Present: Pop 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 1930s – Present: Country 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 1970s – Present: Folk 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: Rock 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 1950s – Present: Rock 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 1950s – Present: Rock 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 1970s & 1990s: Disco 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 1980s – Present: Hip-Hop & Rap
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 1970s – Present: R&B Teddy Prendergrass Eddie Murphy Luther Vandross
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 1960s – Present: Reggae Openly homophobic lyrics
Artists frequently promote queer bashing & murder in their songs Beenie Man Elephant Man Buju Banton

19 Current Queer Music 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 Current Queer Music 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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