Glamour Rock aka Glitter Rock Style

      Glam Rock (Glamour Rock aka Glitter Rock) is a form of pop rock music that developed in the UK and US in the 1970s, and continued its influence into the 1980s. It all truly began with two major inventors of the Art form, which were T. Rex (Marc Bolan) and David Bowie. It is and was a style of music that focused on androgynous and/or transgender roles, outrageous hair and glittery, ostentatious outfits, with makeup that was theatrical and a style that was “camp”. According to Wikipedia, the term “camp” evolved in its meaning as “exaggerated, theatrical, effeminate”, and that the true beginning of Glam Rock was Marc Bolan/T.Rex’s appearance in March 1971 on the UK’s Top of the Pops, where the group wore satin and glitter and performed in an effeminate, outrageous manner. T. Rex’s best known singles are “Get It On”, “Hot Love” and “Children of the Revolution.” Soon after came the release of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust in 1972, with the song “All the Young Dudes” followed immediately by Diamond Dogs, with the electrifying single “Rebel Rebel”. Indeed, the lyrics of “Rebel, Rebel” capture the camp of Glam Rock, “You’ve got your mother in a whirl, she can’t tell if you’re a boy or a girl. Hey babe, your hair’s allright; hey babe, let’s go out tonight.” Other huge hits by David Bowie include, “Space Oddity” (his first hit in 1969), “Changes”, “Suffragete City” “The Jean Genie” and many more.  Bowie was an extremely prolific artist, overall selling over 140 million albums throughout the span of his career, which included 9 Platinum, 11 Gold and 8 Silver.

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Complete Glam Rock fan, utter obsession with all Glamour Rock Classic artists of the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Locations: NYC, & Jax Beach, Florida.

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  1. Hello Glamour Rock Fans! This is the premier site if you love these Glamour Rock groups from the 1970s, 1980s: T-Rex, David Bowie, Roxy Music, The Sweet, Slade, Suzi Quatro, Kiss, Adam Ant, Duran Duran, Eurythmics and more.
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    More about me: well, I was a teenager in the 1970s when these great Glam Rock groups first emerged; you have no idea how absolutely ELECTRIFYING it was to hear the music from these artists, especially because they were so disapproved of by the conservative, uptight society in the world. When any teenager listened to these groups or collected record album after record album, it was an act of defiance against one’s parents, who never had a clue.
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