9780252084638-0252084632-Rocking the Closet: How Little Richard, Johnnie Ray, Liberace, and Johnny Mathis Queered Pop Music (New Perspectives on Gender in Music)

Rocking the Closet: How Little Richard, Johnnie Ray, Liberace, and Johnny Mathis Queered Pop Music (New Perspectives on Gender in Music)

ISBN-13: 9780252084638
ISBN-10: 0252084632
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Stephens, Vincent L
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Format: Paperback 248 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780252084638
ISBN-10: 0252084632
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Stephens, Vincent L
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Format: Paperback 248 pages

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Acknowledged authors Stephens, Vincent L wrote Rocking the Closet: How Little Richard, Johnnie Ray, Liberace, and Johnny Mathis Queered Pop Music (New Perspectives on Gender in Music) comprising 248 pages back in 2019. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0252084632 and 9780252084638. Since then Rocking the Closet: How Little Richard, Johnnie Ray, Liberace, and Johnny Mathis Queered Pop Music (New Perspectives on Gender in Music) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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The all-embracing, "whaddya got?" nature of rebellion in Fifties America included pop music's unlikely challenge to entrenched notions of masculinity. Within that upheaval, four prominent artists dared to behave in ways that let the public assume―but not see―their queerness. That these artists cultivated ambiguous sexual personas often reflected an understandable fear, but also a struggle to fulfill personal and professional expectations.Vincent L. Stephens confronts notions of the closet―both coming out and staying in―by analyzing the careers of Liberace, Johnny Mathis, Johnnie Ray, and Little Richard. Appealing to audiences hungry for novelty and exoticism, the four pop icons used performance and queering techniques that ran the gamut. Liberace's flamboyance shared a spectrum with Mathis's intimate sensitivity while Ray's overwrought displays as "Mr. Emotion" seemed worlds apart from Little Richard's raise-the-roof joyousness. As Stephens shows, the quartet not only thrived in an era of gray flannel manhood, they pioneered the ways generations of later musicians would consciously adopt sexual mystery as an appealing and proven route to success.

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