- Music, Film & Theatre
From the birth of jazz in the red-light district of New Orleans, through the rock ‘n’ roll years, Swinging Sixties and all-singing and all dancing disco days of the ‘70s, to modern pop, electronica and reggae the LGBT community has played a crucial role in modern music. At the turn of the twentieth century, recording technology for the first time brought the messages of LGBT artists from the cabaret stage into the homes of millions. Their personal struggle and threat of persecution during decades of political and historical turmoil – including two world wars, Stonewall and the AIDS crisis – has led to some of the most significant and soul-searching music of the last century.
Bullock brings to light the colourful legacy that has shaped our musical and cultural landscape, revealing the inspiring and often heartbreaking stories of internationally renowned LGBT artists from Billie Holiday and Dusty Springfield to Frankie Goes to Hollywood and George Michael and of numerous lesser-known names that have driven the revolution from all corners of the globe. A treasure-trove of untold history for all music lovers, David Bowie Made Me Gay is a moving, nostalgic and provocative reminder of how far the fight for equality has come, and the battles that are still to be waged.
‘Lovingly detailed and exhaustively researched – easily the most readable and comprehensive guide I've seen to this fascinating hidden history’ Tom Robinson, musician, broadcaster and long-time LGBT rights activist.
‘An excellent book’ GayStarNews
'Darryl W. Bullock leaves no stone unturned in his analysis of this crucial part of LGBT culture' Men 24 Magazine
‘Probably the best title I’ve seen all year; this is a chronicle of the lives and impact of LGBT artists, both well-known and obscure. It’s really fascinating’ Wilde on My Side
‘A fascinating chronicle [and] a necessary and hard-hitting reminder that there is still progress to be made… a comprehensive and compelling work, in terms of its extensive discussion of music, history and, of course, a human struggle for tolerance, acceptance and respect’ Nudge Books
'A great read that reveals how the marriage of music and sexuality can create new and exciting horizons' Sean Dickson, Hifi Sean
'A history that digs deep' R’n’R (Rock‘n’Reel)
'A fascinating book, a fascinating subject – oh to have a look around [Darryl's] record collection!' Grant Stott on the Janice Forsyth Show, BBC Radio Scotland.
‘Utterly engrossing… a deep and dense history, examining in rich detail the progression of artists and their musical expression, following smoothly from period to period’ Dublin University Observer
‘Follows the history of LGBT music, discovering well-known artists and a huge number of forgotten, often-declared LGBT performers who were active far before Stonewall’ XXZ Magazin
‘Starting at the birth of jazz in New Orleans and the touring troupes and cabaret groups, through the swinging sixties with icons like Dusty Springfield, to the infamously tortured experience of LGBT artists in the 1980s, the book arrives in the present day having charted the journey culture has taken’ Bristol 24/7
‘A comprehensive look back at a century’s worth of queer artists’ Gay Power Couple
'A highly comprehensive history of LGBT music, spanning a century from early jazz and blues to today’s most recognizable pop stars out of the closet. Bullock meticulously chronicles the LGBT community’s vast influence on music through a historical lens, revealing how society’s oscillation between acceptance and persecution has shaped what we listen to today' The Washington Blade
'Well-researched and brimming with intrigue, Bullock's comprehensive study not only makes the work of scores of musicians sing anew; it also demonstrates how the pendulum of acceptance can swing from era to era' Kirkus Reviews
'Recovers the lost history of music made by, and for, the LGBTQ community. Bullock touches on artists as unalike and historically far-flung as the flamboyant ragtime-era pianist Tony Jackson... [whose music], decades before Lady Gaga’s gay-positive song 'Born This Way' hit the airwaves, gave hope to fearful, isolated LGBTQ kids' Publishers Weekly
‘Bullock’s comprehensive look at a century of LBGTQ music and musicians is concise, informative, life-affirming, and just damn good reading’ Library Journal
'Bullock's sensational reference guide uncovers a lot of fascinating and unfamiliar queer history and shares it in an entertaining and breezy style’ Shelf Awareness
‘David Bowie Made Me Gay is nostalgic and solidly researched, and full of gems to remind us of the battles that have been raged by popular music… the battles that are still raging. It shows the soundtrack for a community fighting for basic freedoms and reveals many untold stories that have been hidden from history’ Out in Perth