9781477318782-147731878X-Glitter Up the Dark: How Pop Music Broke the Binary (American Music)

Glitter Up the Dark: How Pop Music Broke the Binary (American Music)

ISBN-13: 9781477318782
ISBN-10: 147731878X
Author: Geffen, Sasha
Publication date: 2020
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Format: Paperback 264 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781477318782
ISBN-10: 147731878X
Author: Geffen, Sasha
Publication date: 2020
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Format: Paperback 264 pages

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Acknowledged authors Geffen, Sasha wrote Glitter Up the Dark: How Pop Music Broke the Binary (American Music) comprising 264 pages back in 2020. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 147731878X and 9781477318782. Since then Glitter Up the Dark: How Pop Music Broke the Binary (American Music) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 2.64 or rent at the marketplace.

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Why has music so often served as an accomplice to transcendent expressions of gender? Why did the query "is he musical?" become code, in the twentieth century, for "is he gay?" Why is music so inherently queer? For Sasha Geffen, the answers lie, in part, in music’s intrinsic quality of subliminal expression, which, through paradox and contradiction, allows rigid gender roles to fall away in a sensual and ambiguous exchange between performer and listener. Glitter Up the Dark traces the history of this gender fluidity in pop music from the early twentieth century to the present day.

Starting with early blues and the Beatles and continuing with performers such as David Bowie, Prince, Missy Elliot, and Frank Ocean, Geffen explores how artists have used music, fashion, language, and technology to break out of the confines mandated by gender essentialism and establish the voice as the primary expression of gender transgression. From glam rock and punk to disco, techno, and hip-hop, music helped set the stage for today’s conversations about trans rights and recognition of nonbinary and third-gender identities. Glitter Up the Dark takes a long look back at the path that led here.

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