David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music

David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music Review

LGBT musicians have shaped the development of music over the last century, with a sexually progressive soundtrack in the background of the gay community’s struggle for acceptance. With the advent of recording technology, LGBT messages were for the first time brought to the forefront of popular music. David Bowie Made Me Gay is the first book to cover the breadth of history of recorded music by and for the LGBT community and how those records influenced the evolution of the music we listen to today.


David Bowie Made Me Gay uncovers the lives of the people who made these records, and offers a lively canter through the scarcely documented history of LGBT music-makers. Darryl W. Bullock discusses how gay, lesbian, and bisexual performers influenced Jazz and Blues; examines the almost forgotten Pansy Craze in the years between the two World Wars (when many LGBT performers were feted by royalty and Hollywood alike); chronicles the dark years after the depression when gay life was driven deep underground; celebrates the re-emergence of LGBT performers in the post-Stonewall years; and highlights today’s most legendary out-gay pop stars: Elton John, Boy George, Freddie Mercury, and George Michael. 

Title:David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Lucky enough to have this ARC handed to me in advance and I have to say it's the most comprehensive history of how the LGBT community has shaped the development of music over the last century. I came ...

  • There is a pronounced lack of David Bowie in this book, but that doesn't lessen the quality or importance of this work. Darryl W. Bullock captured me with the title, and while I was hoping to read a b...

  • What an incredible read , informative in an interesting and upBEAT way, total page turning paradise...........

  • Darryl W. Bullock's "David Bowie Made Me Gay" is a comprehensive, illuminating and entertaining celebration of LGBT singers, composers, producers and musicians who created music over the last century....

  • This quite ambitious book would have greatly benefited from a better editing: it tries to cover too much ground and sometimes falls into namedropping; some transitions are shaky; some passages have we...

  • Rich, compelling and filled with detail and information. Telling a long silent story of the importance of LGBT musicians, it also dips into politics and shines a light on the struggles and challenges ...

  • 3.75Not the full 4 bc there was a bit of dead naming and misuse of pronouns. Not anywhere near 5 bc of the lack of control in narrative. There didn't feel to be a point with some of the 'tangents'. Or...

  • Fantastic history of LGBT music all the way from known origins to present day. well researched & written. Any true music lover & all of us in the LGBT community should be required to read this....

  • not exactly well written and there's plenty of omissions but there was also material I wasn't aware of........still a fun read!...