David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music

David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music

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 LGBT musicians have shaped the development of music over the last century, with a sexually progressive soundtrack in th...

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Title:David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music
Author:Darryl W. Bullock
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Genres:Music
ISBN:1468315595
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

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

  • Trent
    Jan 25, 2018

    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 to this as a 70's and 80's music aficionado with a deep and abiding love for Bowie, an...

    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 bit about the Thin White Duke, the man who is quickly becoming my philosophical, intell...

    The first part of this book was really interesting and informative. I never knew there were so many GLBT artists from the 1920's-50's that had such influence on music and the struggles they went through. I enjoyed that part the best. The second half, mostly the 70's to today, was kind ...

    Exactly what I wanted from this book, and exactly the kind of book I've been searching for over the past few years. A comprehensive, well-written but not overwhelming history of queer music and musicians over the past 100 years. A western focus overall, mostly within the US/UK/the occa...

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

    Overall, I found this a very disappointing read. I think the idea of the book (tracing the influences and performers of LBGT music) is great, and the introduction --- with a big focus on Bowie's importance --- makes an excellent case for the exploration. I learned a lot, including the ...

    The first half of this book is excellent and eye opening. Learning about queer, black New Orleans 100 years ago was eye-opening, and learning about how Tony Jackson figures into Jelly Roll Morton?s history was fantastic. I knew of Ma Rainey, but learning about Ethel Waters and Lucill...

    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. Bullock enhances these mini-biographies by placing them in context with historic adva...

    Let's get one thing straight - I learned a lot from this book and there are many interesting facets of information I did not know, and feel all the better for knowing. A tremendous amount of research obviously went into it, and that shows. My hat off to Darryl W. Bullock for that. T...

    First off, the title of this book legit made me laugh out loud. I just thought: ?If anyone had this magical power, it would totally be David Bowie.? Ok... so not the greatest book, despite my decently high rating. I?ve never felt the need to do much studying on music but the summ...

    An attempt at extensive review of gay and lesbian contributions to popular music. The author is a bit UK centric, so some of the material is obscure to this US reader. I'm grateful that one chapter was about women's music in the 70's and 80's-- at least we got some text, if quite abbre...

    A breezy survey of LGBT musicians from the late nineteenth century through to the present day. Because some of the information was new to me and interesting, I kept reading. But it was a slog, since there is little in the way of anaylsis or perspective or unifying themes--at times it's...

  • Monical
    Mar 19, 2018

    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 to this as a 70's and 80's music aficionado with a deep and abiding love for Bowie, an...

    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 bit about the Thin White Duke, the man who is quickly becoming my philosophical, intell...

    The first part of this book was really interesting and informative. I never knew there were so many GLBT artists from the 1920's-50's that had such influence on music and the struggles they went through. I enjoyed that part the best. The second half, mostly the 70's to today, was kind ...

    Exactly what I wanted from this book, and exactly the kind of book I've been searching for over the past few years. A comprehensive, well-written but not overwhelming history of queer music and musicians over the past 100 years. A western focus overall, mostly within the US/UK/the occa...

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

    Overall, I found this a very disappointing read. I think the idea of the book (tracing the influences and performers of LBGT music) is great, and the introduction --- with a big focus on Bowie's importance --- makes an excellent case for the exploration. I learned a lot, including the ...

    The first half of this book is excellent and eye opening. Learning about queer, black New Orleans 100 years ago was eye-opening, and learning about how Tony Jackson figures into Jelly Roll Morton?s history was fantastic. I knew of Ma Rainey, but learning about Ethel Waters and Lucill...

    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. Bullock enhances these mini-biographies by placing them in context with historic adva...

    Let's get one thing straight - I learned a lot from this book and there are many interesting facets of information I did not know, and feel all the better for knowing. A tremendous amount of research obviously went into it, and that shows. My hat off to Darryl W. Bullock for that. T...

    First off, the title of this book legit made me laugh out loud. I just thought: ?If anyone had this magical power, it would totally be David Bowie.? Ok... so not the greatest book, despite my decently high rating. I?ve never felt the need to do much studying on music but the summ...

    An attempt at extensive review of gay and lesbian contributions to popular music. The author is a bit UK centric, so some of the material is obscure to this US reader. I'm grateful that one chapter was about women's music in the 70's and 80's-- at least we got some text, if quite abbre...

  • Sue
    May 24, 2018

    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 to this as a 70's and 80's music aficionado with a deep and abiding love for Bowie, an...

    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 bit about the Thin White Duke, the man who is quickly becoming my philosophical, intell...

    The first part of this book was really interesting and informative. I never knew there were so many GLBT artists from the 1920's-50's that had such influence on music and the struggles they went through. I enjoyed that part the best. The second half, mostly the 70's to today, was kind ...

    Exactly what I wanted from this book, and exactly the kind of book I've been searching for over the past few years. A comprehensive, well-written but not overwhelming history of queer music and musicians over the past 100 years. A western focus overall, mostly within the US/UK/the occa...

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

    Overall, I found this a very disappointing read. I think the idea of the book (tracing the influences and performers of LBGT music) is great, and the introduction --- with a big focus on Bowie's importance --- makes an excellent case for the exploration. I learned a lot, including the ...

    The first half of this book is excellent and eye opening. Learning about queer, black New Orleans 100 years ago was eye-opening, and learning about how Tony Jackson figures into Jelly Roll Morton?s history was fantastic. I knew of Ma Rainey, but learning about Ethel Waters and Lucill...

    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. Bullock enhances these mini-biographies by placing them in context with historic adva...

    Let's get one thing straight - I learned a lot from this book and there are many interesting facets of information I did not know, and feel all the better for knowing. A tremendous amount of research obviously went into it, and that shows. My hat off to Darryl W. Bullock for that. T...

    First off, the title of this book legit made me laugh out loud. I just thought: ?If anyone had this magical power, it would totally be David Bowie.? Ok... so not the greatest book, despite my decently high rating. I?ve never felt the need to do much studying on music but the summ...

    An attempt at extensive review of gay and lesbian contributions to popular music. The author is a bit UK centric, so some of the material is obscure to this US reader. I'm grateful that one chapter was about women's music in the 70's and 80's-- at least we got some text, if quite abbre...

    A breezy survey of LGBT musicians from the late nineteenth century through to the present day. Because some of the information was new to me and interesting, I kept reading. But it was a slog, since there is little in the way of anaylsis or perspective or unifying themes--at times it's...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I entered for it just because The Title sounded interesting. There really wasn't a lot about David Bowie but it was interesting to learn about how much influence the gay community has had on the music business over the years. I wasn't really sur...

    Provided very interesting history, and I learned a lot. I also liked that there was more international focus instead of just US/UK. However, I did feel like it focused too much on cis men and sometimes provided too many background details (details of someone?s Mom/Dad and their lives...

    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 weird shifts in tone (formal/neutral to familiar/subjective). That being said, i learned...

    The title is quite deceptive: I had expected -due to the statement "Made ME gay" that it would be a personal biography of the author. The actual book is much more objective and entirely without a personal viewpoint. The information within was quite interesting in parts, but could be qu...

    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 faced by our communities. ...

    An informative and compelling book that's a great start for anybody who looks for information on LGBT musicians. And it contains a detailed bibliography, so if after reading David Bowie Made Me Gay you want to know more, you know where to look. ...

    Comprehensive history of LGBT influences in modern music. I was expecting coverage of Broadway composers and Glam Rock idols but was surprised and engaged with insights into the African, Caribbean, Hip Hop and even Country & Western music scenes. ...

    3.75 Not 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 chapters would end really suddenly. Otherwise enjoyable. ...

    Excellent. Fairly comprehensive but entertaining survey of 100 years of LGTB artists. Sent me to You Tube! ...

    reads like a pop music magazine with innuendo & gossip too!! Covers a MASH of information ...

    Meh. Brief blurbs about LGBTQ musicians over the past century. I?m particularly fond of Bullock?s writing style, it lacks soul ...

  • Ed
    Jun 09, 2018

    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 to this as a 70's and 80's music aficionado with a deep and abiding love for Bowie, an...

    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 bit about the Thin White Duke, the man who is quickly becoming my philosophical, intell...

    The first part of this book was really interesting and informative. I never knew there were so many GLBT artists from the 1920's-50's that had such influence on music and the struggles they went through. I enjoyed that part the best. The second half, mostly the 70's to today, was kind ...

    Exactly what I wanted from this book, and exactly the kind of book I've been searching for over the past few years. A comprehensive, well-written but not overwhelming history of queer music and musicians over the past 100 years. A western focus overall, mostly within the US/UK/the occa...

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

    Overall, I found this a very disappointing read. I think the idea of the book (tracing the influences and performers of LBGT music) is great, and the introduction --- with a big focus on Bowie's importance --- makes an excellent case for the exploration. I learned a lot, including the ...

    The first half of this book is excellent and eye opening. Learning about queer, black New Orleans 100 years ago was eye-opening, and learning about how Tony Jackson figures into Jelly Roll Morton?s history was fantastic. I knew of Ma Rainey, but learning about Ethel Waters and Lucill...

  • Debra
    May 23, 2018

    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 to this as a 70's and 80's music aficionado with a deep and abiding love for Bowie, an...

    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 bit about the Thin White Duke, the man who is quickly becoming my philosophical, intell...

    The first part of this book was really interesting and informative. I never knew there were so many GLBT artists from the 1920's-50's that had such influence on music and the struggles they went through. I enjoyed that part the best. The second half, mostly the 70's to today, was kind ...

    Exactly what I wanted from this book, and exactly the kind of book I've been searching for over the past few years. A comprehensive, well-written but not overwhelming history of queer music and musicians over the past 100 years. A western focus overall, mostly within the US/UK/the occa...

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

    Overall, I found this a very disappointing read. I think the idea of the book (tracing the influences and performers of LBGT music) is great, and the introduction --- with a big focus on Bowie's importance --- makes an excellent case for the exploration. I learned a lot, including the ...

    The first half of this book is excellent and eye opening. Learning about queer, black New Orleans 100 years ago was eye-opening, and learning about how Tony Jackson figures into Jelly Roll Morton?s history was fantastic. I knew of Ma Rainey, but learning about Ethel Waters and Lucill...

    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. Bullock enhances these mini-biographies by placing them in context with historic adva...

    Let's get one thing straight - I learned a lot from this book and there are many interesting facets of information I did not know, and feel all the better for knowing. A tremendous amount of research obviously went into it, and that shows. My hat off to Darryl W. Bullock for that. T...

    First off, the title of this book legit made me laugh out loud. I just thought: ?If anyone had this magical power, it would totally be David Bowie.? Ok... so not the greatest book, despite my decently high rating. I?ve never felt the need to do much studying on music but the summ...

    An attempt at extensive review of gay and lesbian contributions to popular music. The author is a bit UK centric, so some of the material is obscure to this US reader. I'm grateful that one chapter was about women's music in the 70's and 80's-- at least we got some text, if quite abbre...

    A breezy survey of LGBT musicians from the late nineteenth century through to the present day. Because some of the information was new to me and interesting, I kept reading. But it was a slog, since there is little in the way of anaylsis or perspective or unifying themes--at times it's...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I entered for it just because The Title sounded interesting. There really wasn't a lot about David Bowie but it was interesting to learn about how much influence the gay community has had on the music business over the years. I wasn't really sur...

  • Martin
    Feb 14, 2018

    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 to this as a 70's and 80's music aficionado with a deep and abiding love for Bowie, an...

    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 bit about the Thin White Duke, the man who is quickly becoming my philosophical, intell...

    The first part of this book was really interesting and informative. I never knew there were so many GLBT artists from the 1920's-50's that had such influence on music and the struggles they went through. I enjoyed that part the best. The second half, mostly the 70's to today, was kind ...

    Exactly what I wanted from this book, and exactly the kind of book I've been searching for over the past few years. A comprehensive, well-written but not overwhelming history of queer music and musicians over the past 100 years. A western focus overall, mostly within the US/UK/the occa...

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

    Overall, I found this a very disappointing read. I think the idea of the book (tracing the influences and performers of LBGT music) is great, and the introduction --- with a big focus on Bowie's importance --- makes an excellent case for the exploration. I learned a lot, including the ...

    The first half of this book is excellent and eye opening. Learning about queer, black New Orleans 100 years ago was eye-opening, and learning about how Tony Jackson figures into Jelly Roll Morton?s history was fantastic. I knew of Ma Rainey, but learning about Ethel Waters and Lucill...

    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. Bullock enhances these mini-biographies by placing them in context with historic adva...

    Let's get one thing straight - I learned a lot from this book and there are many interesting facets of information I did not know, and feel all the better for knowing. A tremendous amount of research obviously went into it, and that shows. My hat off to Darryl W. Bullock for that. T...

    First off, the title of this book legit made me laugh out loud. I just thought: ?If anyone had this magical power, it would totally be David Bowie.? Ok... so not the greatest book, despite my decently high rating. I?ve never felt the need to do much studying on music but the summ...

    An attempt at extensive review of gay and lesbian contributions to popular music. The author is a bit UK centric, so some of the material is obscure to this US reader. I'm grateful that one chapter was about women's music in the 70's and 80's-- at least we got some text, if quite abbre...

    A breezy survey of LGBT musicians from the late nineteenth century through to the present day. Because some of the information was new to me and interesting, I kept reading. But it was a slog, since there is little in the way of anaylsis or perspective or unifying themes--at times it's...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I entered for it just because The Title sounded interesting. There really wasn't a lot about David Bowie but it was interesting to learn about how much influence the gay community has had on the music business over the years. I wasn't really sur...

    Provided very interesting history, and I learned a lot. I also liked that there was more international focus instead of just US/UK. However, I did feel like it focused too much on cis men and sometimes provided too many background details (details of someone?s Mom/Dad and their lives...

    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 weird shifts in tone (formal/neutral to familiar/subjective). That being said, i learned...

    The title is quite deceptive: I had expected -due to the statement "Made ME gay" that it would be a personal biography of the author. The actual book is much more objective and entirely without a personal viewpoint. The information within was quite interesting in parts, but could be qu...

    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 faced by our communities. ...

    An informative and compelling book that's a great start for anybody who looks for information on LGBT musicians. And it contains a detailed bibliography, so if after reading David Bowie Made Me Gay you want to know more, you know where to look. ...

    Comprehensive history of LGBT influences in modern music. I was expecting coverage of Broadway composers and Glam Rock idols but was surprised and engaged with insights into the African, Caribbean, Hip Hop and even Country & Western music scenes. ...

    3.75 Not 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 chapters would end really suddenly. Otherwise enjoyable. ...

    Excellent. Fairly comprehensive but entertaining survey of 100 years of LGTB artists. Sent me to You Tube! ...

  • Mark Schlatter
    Jan 18, 2018

    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 to this as a 70's and 80's music aficionado with a deep and abiding love for Bowie, an...

    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 bit about the Thin White Duke, the man who is quickly becoming my philosophical, intell...

    The first part of this book was really interesting and informative. I never knew there were so many GLBT artists from the 1920's-50's that had such influence on music and the struggles they went through. I enjoyed that part the best. The second half, mostly the 70's to today, was kind ...

    Exactly what I wanted from this book, and exactly the kind of book I've been searching for over the past few years. A comprehensive, well-written but not overwhelming history of queer music and musicians over the past 100 years. A western focus overall, mostly within the US/UK/the occa...

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

    Overall, I found this a very disappointing read. I think the idea of the book (tracing the influences and performers of LBGT music) is great, and the introduction --- with a big focus on Bowie's importance --- makes an excellent case for the exploration. I learned a lot, including the ...

  • Nicole Valentine
    Jul 06, 2017

    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 to this as a 70's and 80's music aficionado with a deep and abiding love for Bowie, an...

  • Karl
    Jun 02, 2018

    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 to this as a 70's and 80's music aficionado with a deep and abiding love for Bowie, an...

    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 bit about the Thin White Duke, the man who is quickly becoming my philosophical, intell...

    The first part of this book was really interesting and informative. I never knew there were so many GLBT artists from the 1920's-50's that had such influence on music and the struggles they went through. I enjoyed that part the best. The second half, mostly the 70's to today, was kind ...

    Exactly what I wanted from this book, and exactly the kind of book I've been searching for over the past few years. A comprehensive, well-written but not overwhelming history of queer music and musicians over the past 100 years. A western focus overall, mostly within the US/UK/the occa...

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

    Overall, I found this a very disappointing read. I think the idea of the book (tracing the influences and performers of LBGT music) is great, and the introduction --- with a big focus on Bowie's importance --- makes an excellent case for the exploration. I learned a lot, including the ...

    The first half of this book is excellent and eye opening. Learning about queer, black New Orleans 100 years ago was eye-opening, and learning about how Tony Jackson figures into Jelly Roll Morton?s history was fantastic. I knew of Ma Rainey, but learning about Ethel Waters and Lucill...

    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. Bullock enhances these mini-biographies by placing them in context with historic adva...

    Let's get one thing straight - I learned a lot from this book and there are many interesting facets of information I did not know, and feel all the better for knowing. A tremendous amount of research obviously went into it, and that shows. My hat off to Darryl W. Bullock for that. T...

    First off, the title of this book legit made me laugh out loud. I just thought: ?If anyone had this magical power, it would totally be David Bowie.? Ok... so not the greatest book, despite my decently high rating. I?ve never felt the need to do much studying on music but the summ...

    An attempt at extensive review of gay and lesbian contributions to popular music. The author is a bit UK centric, so some of the material is obscure to this US reader. I'm grateful that one chapter was about women's music in the 70's and 80's-- at least we got some text, if quite abbre...

    A breezy survey of LGBT musicians from the late nineteenth century through to the present day. Because some of the information was new to me and interesting, I kept reading. But it was a slog, since there is little in the way of anaylsis or perspective or unifying themes--at times it's...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I entered for it just because The Title sounded interesting. There really wasn't a lot about David Bowie but it was interesting to learn about how much influence the gay community has had on the music business over the years. I wasn't really sur...

    Provided very interesting history, and I learned a lot. I also liked that there was more international focus instead of just US/UK. However, I did feel like it focused too much on cis men and sometimes provided too many background details (details of someone?s Mom/Dad and their lives...

    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 weird shifts in tone (formal/neutral to familiar/subjective). That being said, i learned...

    The title is quite deceptive: I had expected -due to the statement "Made ME gay" that it would be a personal biography of the author. The actual book is much more objective and entirely without a personal viewpoint. The information within was quite interesting in parts, but could be qu...

    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 faced by our communities. ...

    An informative and compelling book that's a great start for anybody who looks for information on LGBT musicians. And it contains a detailed bibliography, so if after reading David Bowie Made Me Gay you want to know more, you know where to look. ...

    Comprehensive history of LGBT influences in modern music. I was expecting coverage of Broadway composers and Glam Rock idols but was surprised and engaged with insights into the African, Caribbean, Hip Hop and even Country & Western music scenes. ...

  • Lorenzio Phillibuster Fireworks
    Apr 09, 2018

    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 to this as a 70's and 80's music aficionado with a deep and abiding love for Bowie, an...

    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 bit about the Thin White Duke, the man who is quickly becoming my philosophical, intell...

    The first part of this book was really interesting and informative. I never knew there were so many GLBT artists from the 1920's-50's that had such influence on music and the struggles they went through. I enjoyed that part the best. The second half, mostly the 70's to today, was kind ...

    Exactly what I wanted from this book, and exactly the kind of book I've been searching for over the past few years. A comprehensive, well-written but not overwhelming history of queer music and musicians over the past 100 years. A western focus overall, mostly within the US/UK/the occa...

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

    Overall, I found this a very disappointing read. I think the idea of the book (tracing the influences and performers of LBGT music) is great, and the introduction --- with a big focus on Bowie's importance --- makes an excellent case for the exploration. I learned a lot, including the ...

    The first half of this book is excellent and eye opening. Learning about queer, black New Orleans 100 years ago was eye-opening, and learning about how Tony Jackson figures into Jelly Roll Morton?s history was fantastic. I knew of Ma Rainey, but learning about Ethel Waters and Lucill...

    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. Bullock enhances these mini-biographies by placing them in context with historic adva...

    Let's get one thing straight - I learned a lot from this book and there are many interesting facets of information I did not know, and feel all the better for knowing. A tremendous amount of research obviously went into it, and that shows. My hat off to Darryl W. Bullock for that. T...

    First off, the title of this book legit made me laugh out loud. I just thought: ?If anyone had this magical power, it would totally be David Bowie.? Ok... so not the greatest book, despite my decently high rating. I?ve never felt the need to do much studying on music but the summ...

    An attempt at extensive review of gay and lesbian contributions to popular music. The author is a bit UK centric, so some of the material is obscure to this US reader. I'm grateful that one chapter was about women's music in the 70's and 80's-- at least we got some text, if quite abbre...

    A breezy survey of LGBT musicians from the late nineteenth century through to the present day. Because some of the information was new to me and interesting, I kept reading. But it was a slog, since there is little in the way of anaylsis or perspective or unifying themes--at times it's...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I entered for it just because The Title sounded interesting. There really wasn't a lot about David Bowie but it was interesting to learn about how much influence the gay community has had on the music business over the years. I wasn't really sur...

    Provided very interesting history, and I learned a lot. I also liked that there was more international focus instead of just US/UK. However, I did feel like it focused too much on cis men and sometimes provided too many background details (details of someone?s Mom/Dad and their lives...

    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 weird shifts in tone (formal/neutral to familiar/subjective). That being said, i learned...

    The title is quite deceptive: I had expected -due to the statement "Made ME gay" that it would be a personal biography of the author. The actual book is much more objective and entirely without a personal viewpoint. The information within was quite interesting in parts, but could be qu...

  • Kevin
    Jan 09, 2018

    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 to this as a 70's and 80's music aficionado with a deep and abiding love for Bowie, an...

    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 bit about the Thin White Duke, the man who is quickly becoming my philosophical, intell...

    The first part of this book was really interesting and informative. I never knew there were so many GLBT artists from the 1920's-50's that had such influence on music and the struggles they went through. I enjoyed that part the best. The second half, mostly the 70's to today, was kind ...

    Exactly what I wanted from this book, and exactly the kind of book I've been searching for over the past few years. A comprehensive, well-written but not overwhelming history of queer music and musicians over the past 100 years. A western focus overall, mostly within the US/UK/the occa...

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

    Overall, I found this a very disappointing read. I think the idea of the book (tracing the influences and performers of LBGT music) is great, and the introduction --- with a big focus on Bowie's importance --- makes an excellent case for the exploration. I learned a lot, including the ...

    The first half of this book is excellent and eye opening. Learning about queer, black New Orleans 100 years ago was eye-opening, and learning about how Tony Jackson figures into Jelly Roll Morton?s history was fantastic. I knew of Ma Rainey, but learning about Ethel Waters and Lucill...

    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. Bullock enhances these mini-biographies by placing them in context with historic adva...

  • John
    Feb 01, 2018

    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 to this as a 70's and 80's music aficionado with a deep and abiding love for Bowie, an...

    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 bit about the Thin White Duke, the man who is quickly becoming my philosophical, intell...

    The first part of this book was really interesting and informative. I never knew there were so many GLBT artists from the 1920's-50's that had such influence on music and the struggles they went through. I enjoyed that part the best. The second half, mostly the 70's to today, was kind ...

  • Lauren
    Jun 13, 2018

    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 to this as a 70's and 80's music aficionado with a deep and abiding love for Bowie, an...

    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 bit about the Thin White Duke, the man who is quickly becoming my philosophical, intell...

    The first part of this book was really interesting and informative. I never knew there were so many GLBT artists from the 1920's-50's that had such influence on music and the struggles they went through. I enjoyed that part the best. The second half, mostly the 70's to today, was kind ...

    Exactly what I wanted from this book, and exactly the kind of book I've been searching for over the past few years. A comprehensive, well-written but not overwhelming history of queer music and musicians over the past 100 years. A western focus overall, mostly within the US/UK/the occa...

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

    Overall, I found this a very disappointing read. I think the idea of the book (tracing the influences and performers of LBGT music) is great, and the introduction --- with a big focus on Bowie's importance --- makes an excellent case for the exploration. I learned a lot, including the ...

    The first half of this book is excellent and eye opening. Learning about queer, black New Orleans 100 years ago was eye-opening, and learning about how Tony Jackson figures into Jelly Roll Morton?s history was fantastic. I knew of Ma Rainey, but learning about Ethel Waters and Lucill...

    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. Bullock enhances these mini-biographies by placing them in context with historic adva...

    Let's get one thing straight - I learned a lot from this book and there are many interesting facets of information I did not know, and feel all the better for knowing. A tremendous amount of research obviously went into it, and that shows. My hat off to Darryl W. Bullock for that. T...

    First off, the title of this book legit made me laugh out loud. I just thought: ?If anyone had this magical power, it would totally be David Bowie.? Ok... so not the greatest book, despite my decently high rating. I?ve never felt the need to do much studying on music but the summ...

  • Alex
    Mar 26, 2018

    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 to this as a 70's and 80's music aficionado with a deep and abiding love for Bowie, an...

    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 bit about the Thin White Duke, the man who is quickly becoming my philosophical, intell...

    The first part of this book was really interesting and informative. I never knew there were so many GLBT artists from the 1920's-50's that had such influence on music and the struggles they went through. I enjoyed that part the best. The second half, mostly the 70's to today, was kind ...

    Exactly what I wanted from this book, and exactly the kind of book I've been searching for over the past few years. A comprehensive, well-written but not overwhelming history of queer music and musicians over the past 100 years. A western focus overall, mostly within the US/UK/the occa...

  • Véronique
    Jan 13, 2018

    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 to this as a 70's and 80's music aficionado with a deep and abiding love for Bowie, an...

    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 bit about the Thin White Duke, the man who is quickly becoming my philosophical, intell...

    The first part of this book was really interesting and informative. I never knew there were so many GLBT artists from the 1920's-50's that had such influence on music and the struggles they went through. I enjoyed that part the best. The second half, mostly the 70's to today, was kind ...

    Exactly what I wanted from this book, and exactly the kind of book I've been searching for over the past few years. A comprehensive, well-written but not overwhelming history of queer music and musicians over the past 100 years. A western focus overall, mostly within the US/UK/the occa...

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

    Overall, I found this a very disappointing read. I think the idea of the book (tracing the influences and performers of LBGT music) is great, and the introduction --- with a big focus on Bowie's importance --- makes an excellent case for the exploration. I learned a lot, including the ...

    The first half of this book is excellent and eye opening. Learning about queer, black New Orleans 100 years ago was eye-opening, and learning about how Tony Jackson figures into Jelly Roll Morton?s history was fantastic. I knew of Ma Rainey, but learning about Ethel Waters and Lucill...

    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. Bullock enhances these mini-biographies by placing them in context with historic adva...

    Let's get one thing straight - I learned a lot from this book and there are many interesting facets of information I did not know, and feel all the better for knowing. A tremendous amount of research obviously went into it, and that shows. My hat off to Darryl W. Bullock for that. T...

    First off, the title of this book legit made me laugh out loud. I just thought: ?If anyone had this magical power, it would totally be David Bowie.? Ok... so not the greatest book, despite my decently high rating. I?ve never felt the need to do much studying on music but the summ...

    An attempt at extensive review of gay and lesbian contributions to popular music. The author is a bit UK centric, so some of the material is obscure to this US reader. I'm grateful that one chapter was about women's music in the 70's and 80's-- at least we got some text, if quite abbre...

    A breezy survey of LGBT musicians from the late nineteenth century through to the present day. Because some of the information was new to me and interesting, I kept reading. But it was a slog, since there is little in the way of anaylsis or perspective or unifying themes--at times it's...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I entered for it just because The Title sounded interesting. There really wasn't a lot about David Bowie but it was interesting to learn about how much influence the gay community has had on the music business over the years. I wasn't really sur...

    Provided very interesting history, and I learned a lot. I also liked that there was more international focus instead of just US/UK. However, I did feel like it focused too much on cis men and sometimes provided too many background details (details of someone?s Mom/Dad and their lives...

    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 weird shifts in tone (formal/neutral to familiar/subjective). That being said, i learned...

  • Vicki
    Jan 07, 2018

    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 to this as a 70's and 80's music aficionado with a deep and abiding love for Bowie, an...

    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 bit about the Thin White Duke, the man who is quickly becoming my philosophical, intell...

    The first part of this book was really interesting and informative. I never knew there were so many GLBT artists from the 1920's-50's that had such influence on music and the struggles they went through. I enjoyed that part the best. The second half, mostly the 70's to today, was kind ...

    Exactly what I wanted from this book, and exactly the kind of book I've been searching for over the past few years. A comprehensive, well-written but not overwhelming history of queer music and musicians over the past 100 years. A western focus overall, mostly within the US/UK/the occa...

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

    Overall, I found this a very disappointing read. I think the idea of the book (tracing the influences and performers of LBGT music) is great, and the introduction --- with a big focus on Bowie's importance --- makes an excellent case for the exploration. I learned a lot, including the ...

    The first half of this book is excellent and eye opening. Learning about queer, black New Orleans 100 years ago was eye-opening, and learning about how Tony Jackson figures into Jelly Roll Morton?s history was fantastic. I knew of Ma Rainey, but learning about Ethel Waters and Lucill...

    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. Bullock enhances these mini-biographies by placing them in context with historic adva...

    Let's get one thing straight - I learned a lot from this book and there are many interesting facets of information I did not know, and feel all the better for knowing. A tremendous amount of research obviously went into it, and that shows. My hat off to Darryl W. Bullock for that. T...

    First off, the title of this book legit made me laugh out loud. I just thought: ?If anyone had this magical power, it would totally be David Bowie.? Ok... so not the greatest book, despite my decently high rating. I?ve never felt the need to do much studying on music but the summ...

    An attempt at extensive review of gay and lesbian contributions to popular music. The author is a bit UK centric, so some of the material is obscure to this US reader. I'm grateful that one chapter was about women's music in the 70's and 80's-- at least we got some text, if quite abbre...

    A breezy survey of LGBT musicians from the late nineteenth century through to the present day. Because some of the information was new to me and interesting, I kept reading. But it was a slog, since there is little in the way of anaylsis or perspective or unifying themes--at times it's...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I entered for it just because The Title sounded interesting. There really wasn't a lot about David Bowie but it was interesting to learn about how much influence the gay community has had on the music business over the years. I wasn't really sur...

    Provided very interesting history, and I learned a lot. I also liked that there was more international focus instead of just US/UK. However, I did feel like it focused too much on cis men and sometimes provided too many background details (details of someone?s Mom/Dad and their lives...

    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 weird shifts in tone (formal/neutral to familiar/subjective). That being said, i learned...

    The title is quite deceptive: I had expected -due to the statement "Made ME gay" that it would be a personal biography of the author. The actual book is much more objective and entirely without a personal viewpoint. The information within was quite interesting in parts, but could be qu...

    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 faced by our communities. ...

    An informative and compelling book that's a great start for anybody who looks for information on LGBT musicians. And it contains a detailed bibliography, so if after reading David Bowie Made Me Gay you want to know more, you know where to look. ...

    Comprehensive history of LGBT influences in modern music. I was expecting coverage of Broadway composers and Glam Rock idols but was surprised and engaged with insights into the African, Caribbean, Hip Hop and even Country & Western music scenes. ...

    3.75 Not 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 chapters would end really suddenly. Otherwise enjoyable. ...

    Excellent. Fairly comprehensive but entertaining survey of 100 years of LGTB artists. Sent me to You Tube! ...

    reads like a pop music magazine with innuendo & gossip too!! Covers a MASH of information ...

    Meh. Brief blurbs about LGBTQ musicians over the past century. I?m particularly fond of Bullock?s writing style, it lacks soul ...

    2.5 More of a name-droppy overview than I would?ve liked. ...

    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. ...

  • Alan
    Jan 02, 2018

    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 to this as a 70's and 80's music aficionado with a deep and abiding love for Bowie, an...

    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 bit about the Thin White Duke, the man who is quickly becoming my philosophical, intell...

    The first part of this book was really interesting and informative. I never knew there were so many GLBT artists from the 1920's-50's that had such influence on music and the struggles they went through. I enjoyed that part the best. The second half, mostly the 70's to today, was kind ...

    Exactly what I wanted from this book, and exactly the kind of book I've been searching for over the past few years. A comprehensive, well-written but not overwhelming history of queer music and musicians over the past 100 years. A western focus overall, mostly within the US/UK/the occa...

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

    Overall, I found this a very disappointing read. I think the idea of the book (tracing the influences and performers of LBGT music) is great, and the introduction --- with a big focus on Bowie's importance --- makes an excellent case for the exploration. I learned a lot, including the ...

    The first half of this book is excellent and eye opening. Learning about queer, black New Orleans 100 years ago was eye-opening, and learning about how Tony Jackson figures into Jelly Roll Morton?s history was fantastic. I knew of Ma Rainey, but learning about Ethel Waters and Lucill...

    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. Bullock enhances these mini-biographies by placing them in context with historic adva...

    Let's get one thing straight - I learned a lot from this book and there are many interesting facets of information I did not know, and feel all the better for knowing. A tremendous amount of research obviously went into it, and that shows. My hat off to Darryl W. Bullock for that. T...

    First off, the title of this book legit made me laugh out loud. I just thought: ?If anyone had this magical power, it would totally be David Bowie.? Ok... so not the greatest book, despite my decently high rating. I?ve never felt the need to do much studying on music but the summ...

    An attempt at extensive review of gay and lesbian contributions to popular music. The author is a bit UK centric, so some of the material is obscure to this US reader. I'm grateful that one chapter was about women's music in the 70's and 80's-- at least we got some text, if quite abbre...

    A breezy survey of LGBT musicians from the late nineteenth century through to the present day. Because some of the information was new to me and interesting, I kept reading. But it was a slog, since there is little in the way of anaylsis or perspective or unifying themes--at times it's...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I entered for it just because The Title sounded interesting. There really wasn't a lot about David Bowie but it was interesting to learn about how much influence the gay community has had on the music business over the years. I wasn't really sur...

    Provided very interesting history, and I learned a lot. I also liked that there was more international focus instead of just US/UK. However, I did feel like it focused too much on cis men and sometimes provided too many background details (details of someone?s Mom/Dad and their lives...

    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 weird shifts in tone (formal/neutral to familiar/subjective). That being said, i learned...

    The title is quite deceptive: I had expected -due to the statement "Made ME gay" that it would be a personal biography of the author. The actual book is much more objective and entirely without a personal viewpoint. The information within was quite interesting in parts, but could be qu...

    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 faced by our communities. ...

  • Luke Winders
    Mar 05, 2018

    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 to this as a 70's and 80's music aficionado with a deep and abiding love for Bowie, an...

    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 bit about the Thin White Duke, the man who is quickly becoming my philosophical, intell...

    The first part of this book was really interesting and informative. I never knew there were so many GLBT artists from the 1920's-50's that had such influence on music and the struggles they went through. I enjoyed that part the best. The second half, mostly the 70's to today, was kind ...

    Exactly what I wanted from this book, and exactly the kind of book I've been searching for over the past few years. A comprehensive, well-written but not overwhelming history of queer music and musicians over the past 100 years. A western focus overall, mostly within the US/UK/the occa...

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

    Overall, I found this a very disappointing read. I think the idea of the book (tracing the influences and performers of LBGT music) is great, and the introduction --- with a big focus on Bowie's importance --- makes an excellent case for the exploration. I learned a lot, including the ...

    The first half of this book is excellent and eye opening. Learning about queer, black New Orleans 100 years ago was eye-opening, and learning about how Tony Jackson figures into Jelly Roll Morton?s history was fantastic. I knew of Ma Rainey, but learning about Ethel Waters and Lucill...

    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. Bullock enhances these mini-biographies by placing them in context with historic adva...

    Let's get one thing straight - I learned a lot from this book and there are many interesting facets of information I did not know, and feel all the better for knowing. A tremendous amount of research obviously went into it, and that shows. My hat off to Darryl W. Bullock for that. T...

    First off, the title of this book legit made me laugh out loud. I just thought: ?If anyone had this magical power, it would totally be David Bowie.? Ok... so not the greatest book, despite my decently high rating. I?ve never felt the need to do much studying on music but the summ...

    An attempt at extensive review of gay and lesbian contributions to popular music. The author is a bit UK centric, so some of the material is obscure to this US reader. I'm grateful that one chapter was about women's music in the 70's and 80's-- at least we got some text, if quite abbre...

    A breezy survey of LGBT musicians from the late nineteenth century through to the present day. Because some of the information was new to me and interesting, I kept reading. But it was a slog, since there is little in the way of anaylsis or perspective or unifying themes--at times it's...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I entered for it just because The Title sounded interesting. There really wasn't a lot about David Bowie but it was interesting to learn about how much influence the gay community has had on the music business over the years. I wasn't really sur...

    Provided very interesting history, and I learned a lot. I also liked that there was more international focus instead of just US/UK. However, I did feel like it focused too much on cis men and sometimes provided too many background details (details of someone?s Mom/Dad and their lives...

    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 weird shifts in tone (formal/neutral to familiar/subjective). That being said, i learned...

    The title is quite deceptive: I had expected -due to the statement "Made ME gay" that it would be a personal biography of the author. The actual book is much more objective and entirely without a personal viewpoint. The information within was quite interesting in parts, but could be qu...

    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 faced by our communities. ...

    An informative and compelling book that's a great start for anybody who looks for information on LGBT musicians. And it contains a detailed bibliography, so if after reading David Bowie Made Me Gay you want to know more, you know where to look. ...

    Comprehensive history of LGBT influences in modern music. I was expecting coverage of Broadway composers and Glam Rock idols but was surprised and engaged with insights into the African, Caribbean, Hip Hop and even Country & Western music scenes. ...

    3.75 Not 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 chapters would end really suddenly. Otherwise enjoyable. ...

    Excellent. Fairly comprehensive but entertaining survey of 100 years of LGTB artists. Sent me to You Tube! ...

    reads like a pop music magazine with innuendo & gossip too!! Covers a MASH of information ...

    Meh. Brief blurbs about LGBTQ musicians over the past century. I?m particularly fond of Bullock?s writing style, it lacks soul ...

    2.5 More of a name-droppy overview than I would?ve liked. ...

    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! ...

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    ...

  • Jan Michaels
    Dec 28, 2017

    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 to this as a 70's and 80's music aficionado with a deep and abiding love for Bowie, an...

    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 bit about the Thin White Duke, the man who is quickly becoming my philosophical, intell...

    The first part of this book was really interesting and informative. I never knew there were so many GLBT artists from the 1920's-50's that had such influence on music and the struggles they went through. I enjoyed that part the best. The second half, mostly the 70's to today, was kind ...

    Exactly what I wanted from this book, and exactly the kind of book I've been searching for over the past few years. A comprehensive, well-written but not overwhelming history of queer music and musicians over the past 100 years. A western focus overall, mostly within the US/UK/the occa...

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

    Overall, I found this a very disappointing read. I think the idea of the book (tracing the influences and performers of LBGT music) is great, and the introduction --- with a big focus on Bowie's importance --- makes an excellent case for the exploration. I learned a lot, including the ...

    The first half of this book is excellent and eye opening. Learning about queer, black New Orleans 100 years ago was eye-opening, and learning about how Tony Jackson figures into Jelly Roll Morton?s history was fantastic. I knew of Ma Rainey, but learning about Ethel Waters and Lucill...

    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. Bullock enhances these mini-biographies by placing them in context with historic adva...

    Let's get one thing straight - I learned a lot from this book and there are many interesting facets of information I did not know, and feel all the better for knowing. A tremendous amount of research obviously went into it, and that shows. My hat off to Darryl W. Bullock for that. T...

    First off, the title of this book legit made me laugh out loud. I just thought: ?If anyone had this magical power, it would totally be David Bowie.? Ok... so not the greatest book, despite my decently high rating. I?ve never felt the need to do much studying on music but the summ...

    An attempt at extensive review of gay and lesbian contributions to popular music. The author is a bit UK centric, so some of the material is obscure to this US reader. I'm grateful that one chapter was about women's music in the 70's and 80's-- at least we got some text, if quite abbre...

    A breezy survey of LGBT musicians from the late nineteenth century through to the present day. Because some of the information was new to me and interesting, I kept reading. But it was a slog, since there is little in the way of anaylsis or perspective or unifying themes--at times it's...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I entered for it just because The Title sounded interesting. There really wasn't a lot about David Bowie but it was interesting to learn about how much influence the gay community has had on the music business over the years. I wasn't really sur...

    Provided very interesting history, and I learned a lot. I also liked that there was more international focus instead of just US/UK. However, I did feel like it focused too much on cis men and sometimes provided too many background details (details of someone?s Mom/Dad and their lives...

    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 weird shifts in tone (formal/neutral to familiar/subjective). That being said, i learned...

    The title is quite deceptive: I had expected -due to the statement "Made ME gay" that it would be a personal biography of the author. The actual book is much more objective and entirely without a personal viewpoint. The information within was quite interesting in parts, but could be qu...

    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 faced by our communities. ...

    An informative and compelling book that's a great start for anybody who looks for information on LGBT musicians. And it contains a detailed bibliography, so if after reading David Bowie Made Me Gay you want to know more, you know where to look. ...

    Comprehensive history of LGBT influences in modern music. I was expecting coverage of Broadway composers and Glam Rock idols but was surprised and engaged with insights into the African, Caribbean, Hip Hop and even Country & Western music scenes. ...

    3.75 Not 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 chapters would end really suddenly. Otherwise enjoyable. ...

    Excellent. Fairly comprehensive but entertaining survey of 100 years of LGTB artists. Sent me to You Tube! ...

    reads like a pop music magazine with innuendo & gossip too!! Covers a MASH of information ...

    Meh. Brief blurbs about LGBTQ musicians over the past century. I?m particularly fond of Bullock?s writing style, it lacks soul ...

    2.5 More of a name-droppy overview than I would?ve liked. ...

    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! ...

  • Ella
    Feb 19, 2018

    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 to this as a 70's and 80's music aficionado with a deep and abiding love for Bowie, an...

    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 bit about the Thin White Duke, the man who is quickly becoming my philosophical, intell...

    The first part of this book was really interesting and informative. I never knew there were so many GLBT artists from the 1920's-50's that had such influence on music and the struggles they went through. I enjoyed that part the best. The second half, mostly the 70's to today, was kind ...

    Exactly what I wanted from this book, and exactly the kind of book I've been searching for over the past few years. A comprehensive, well-written but not overwhelming history of queer music and musicians over the past 100 years. A western focus overall, mostly within the US/UK/the occa...

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

    Overall, I found this a very disappointing read. I think the idea of the book (tracing the influences and performers of LBGT music) is great, and the introduction --- with a big focus on Bowie's importance --- makes an excellent case for the exploration. I learned a lot, including the ...

    The first half of this book is excellent and eye opening. Learning about queer, black New Orleans 100 years ago was eye-opening, and learning about how Tony Jackson figures into Jelly Roll Morton?s history was fantastic. I knew of Ma Rainey, but learning about Ethel Waters and Lucill...

    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. Bullock enhances these mini-biographies by placing them in context with historic adva...

    Let's get one thing straight - I learned a lot from this book and there are many interesting facets of information I did not know, and feel all the better for knowing. A tremendous amount of research obviously went into it, and that shows. My hat off to Darryl W. Bullock for that. T...

    First off, the title of this book legit made me laugh out loud. I just thought: ?If anyone had this magical power, it would totally be David Bowie.? Ok... so not the greatest book, despite my decently high rating. I?ve never felt the need to do much studying on music but the summ...

    An attempt at extensive review of gay and lesbian contributions to popular music. The author is a bit UK centric, so some of the material is obscure to this US reader. I'm grateful that one chapter was about women's music in the 70's and 80's-- at least we got some text, if quite abbre...

    A breezy survey of LGBT musicians from the late nineteenth century through to the present day. Because some of the information was new to me and interesting, I kept reading. But it was a slog, since there is little in the way of anaylsis or perspective or unifying themes--at times it's...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I entered for it just because The Title sounded interesting. There really wasn't a lot about David Bowie but it was interesting to learn about how much influence the gay community has had on the music business over the years. I wasn't really sur...

    Provided very interesting history, and I learned a lot. I also liked that there was more international focus instead of just US/UK. However, I did feel like it focused too much on cis men and sometimes provided too many background details (details of someone?s Mom/Dad and their lives...

    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 weird shifts in tone (formal/neutral to familiar/subjective). That being said, i learned...

    The title is quite deceptive: I had expected -due to the statement "Made ME gay" that it would be a personal biography of the author. The actual book is much more objective and entirely without a personal viewpoint. The information within was quite interesting in parts, but could be qu...

    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 faced by our communities. ...

    An informative and compelling book that's a great start for anybody who looks for information on LGBT musicians. And it contains a detailed bibliography, so if after reading David Bowie Made Me Gay you want to know more, you know where to look. ...

    Comprehensive history of LGBT influences in modern music. I was expecting coverage of Broadway composers and Glam Rock idols but was surprised and engaged with insights into the African, Caribbean, Hip Hop and even Country & Western music scenes. ...

    3.75 Not 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 chapters would end really suddenly. Otherwise enjoyable. ...

    Excellent. Fairly comprehensive but entertaining survey of 100 years of LGTB artists. Sent me to You Tube! ...

    reads like a pop music magazine with innuendo & gossip too!! Covers a MASH of information ...

    Meh. Brief blurbs about LGBTQ musicians over the past century. I?m particularly fond of Bullock?s writing style, it lacks soul ...

    2.5 More of a name-droppy overview than I would?ve liked. ...

  • John
    Jan 25, 2018

    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 to this as a 70's and 80's music aficionado with a deep and abiding love for Bowie, an...

    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 bit about the Thin White Duke, the man who is quickly becoming my philosophical, intell...

    The first part of this book was really interesting and informative. I never knew there were so many GLBT artists from the 1920's-50's that had such influence on music and the struggles they went through. I enjoyed that part the best. The second half, mostly the 70's to today, was kind ...

    Exactly what I wanted from this book, and exactly the kind of book I've been searching for over the past few years. A comprehensive, well-written but not overwhelming history of queer music and musicians over the past 100 years. A western focus overall, mostly within the US/UK/the occa...

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

    Overall, I found this a very disappointing read. I think the idea of the book (tracing the influences and performers of LBGT music) is great, and the introduction --- with a big focus on Bowie's importance --- makes an excellent case for the exploration. I learned a lot, including the ...

    The first half of this book is excellent and eye opening. Learning about queer, black New Orleans 100 years ago was eye-opening, and learning about how Tony Jackson figures into Jelly Roll Morton?s history was fantastic. I knew of Ma Rainey, but learning about Ethel Waters and Lucill...

    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. Bullock enhances these mini-biographies by placing them in context with historic adva...

    Let's get one thing straight - I learned a lot from this book and there are many interesting facets of information I did not know, and feel all the better for knowing. A tremendous amount of research obviously went into it, and that shows. My hat off to Darryl W. Bullock for that. T...

    First off, the title of this book legit made me laugh out loud. I just thought: ?If anyone had this magical power, it would totally be David Bowie.? Ok... so not the greatest book, despite my decently high rating. I?ve never felt the need to do much studying on music but the summ...

    An attempt at extensive review of gay and lesbian contributions to popular music. The author is a bit UK centric, so some of the material is obscure to this US reader. I'm grateful that one chapter was about women's music in the 70's and 80's-- at least we got some text, if quite abbre...

    A breezy survey of LGBT musicians from the late nineteenth century through to the present day. Because some of the information was new to me and interesting, I kept reading. But it was a slog, since there is little in the way of anaylsis or perspective or unifying themes--at times it's...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I entered for it just because The Title sounded interesting. There really wasn't a lot about David Bowie but it was interesting to learn about how much influence the gay community has had on the music business over the years. I wasn't really sur...

    Provided very interesting history, and I learned a lot. I also liked that there was more international focus instead of just US/UK. However, I did feel like it focused too much on cis men and sometimes provided too many background details (details of someone?s Mom/Dad and their lives...

    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 weird shifts in tone (formal/neutral to familiar/subjective). That being said, i learned...

    The title is quite deceptive: I had expected -due to the statement "Made ME gay" that it would be a personal biography of the author. The actual book is much more objective and entirely without a personal viewpoint. The information within was quite interesting in parts, but could be qu...

    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 faced by our communities. ...

    An informative and compelling book that's a great start for anybody who looks for information on LGBT musicians. And it contains a detailed bibliography, so if after reading David Bowie Made Me Gay you want to know more, you know where to look. ...

    Comprehensive history of LGBT influences in modern music. I was expecting coverage of Broadway composers and Glam Rock idols but was surprised and engaged with insights into the African, Caribbean, Hip Hop and even Country & Western music scenes. ...

    3.75 Not 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 chapters would end really suddenly. Otherwise enjoyable. ...

    Excellent. Fairly comprehensive but entertaining survey of 100 years of LGTB artists. Sent me to You Tube! ...

    reads like a pop music magazine with innuendo & gossip too!! Covers a MASH of information ...

  • Maria
    Jun 15, 2018

    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 to this as a 70's and 80's music aficionado with a deep and abiding love for Bowie, an...

    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 bit about the Thin White Duke, the man who is quickly becoming my philosophical, intell...

    The first part of this book was really interesting and informative. I never knew there were so many GLBT artists from the 1920's-50's that had such influence on music and the struggles they went through. I enjoyed that part the best. The second half, mostly the 70's to today, was kind ...

    Exactly what I wanted from this book, and exactly the kind of book I've been searching for over the past few years. A comprehensive, well-written but not overwhelming history of queer music and musicians over the past 100 years. A western focus overall, mostly within the US/UK/the occa...

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

    Overall, I found this a very disappointing read. I think the idea of the book (tracing the influences and performers of LBGT music) is great, and the introduction --- with a big focus on Bowie's importance --- makes an excellent case for the exploration. I learned a lot, including the ...

    The first half of this book is excellent and eye opening. Learning about queer, black New Orleans 100 years ago was eye-opening, and learning about how Tony Jackson figures into Jelly Roll Morton?s history was fantastic. I knew of Ma Rainey, but learning about Ethel Waters and Lucill...

    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. Bullock enhances these mini-biographies by placing them in context with historic adva...

    Let's get one thing straight - I learned a lot from this book and there are many interesting facets of information I did not know, and feel all the better for knowing. A tremendous amount of research obviously went into it, and that shows. My hat off to Darryl W. Bullock for that. T...

  • Brea Batten
    Apr 22, 2018

    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 to this as a 70's and 80's music aficionado with a deep and abiding love for Bowie, an...

    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 bit about the Thin White Duke, the man who is quickly becoming my philosophical, intell...

    The first part of this book was really interesting and informative. I never knew there were so many GLBT artists from the 1920's-50's that had such influence on music and the struggles they went through. I enjoyed that part the best. The second half, mostly the 70's to today, was kind ...

    Exactly what I wanted from this book, and exactly the kind of book I've been searching for over the past few years. A comprehensive, well-written but not overwhelming history of queer music and musicians over the past 100 years. A western focus overall, mostly within the US/UK/the occa...

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

    Overall, I found this a very disappointing read. I think the idea of the book (tracing the influences and performers of LBGT music) is great, and the introduction --- with a big focus on Bowie's importance --- makes an excellent case for the exploration. I learned a lot, including the ...

    The first half of this book is excellent and eye opening. Learning about queer, black New Orleans 100 years ago was eye-opening, and learning about how Tony Jackson figures into Jelly Roll Morton?s history was fantastic. I knew of Ma Rainey, but learning about Ethel Waters and Lucill...

    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. Bullock enhances these mini-biographies by placing them in context with historic adva...

    Let's get one thing straight - I learned a lot from this book and there are many interesting facets of information I did not know, and feel all the better for knowing. A tremendous amount of research obviously went into it, and that shows. My hat off to Darryl W. Bullock for that. T...

    First off, the title of this book legit made me laugh out loud. I just thought: ?If anyone had this magical power, it would totally be David Bowie.? Ok... so not the greatest book, despite my decently high rating. I?ve never felt the need to do much studying on music but the summ...

    An attempt at extensive review of gay and lesbian contributions to popular music. The author is a bit UK centric, so some of the material is obscure to this US reader. I'm grateful that one chapter was about women's music in the 70's and 80's-- at least we got some text, if quite abbre...

    A breezy survey of LGBT musicians from the late nineteenth century through to the present day. Because some of the information was new to me and interesting, I kept reading. But it was a slog, since there is little in the way of anaylsis or perspective or unifying themes--at times it's...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I entered for it just because The Title sounded interesting. There really wasn't a lot about David Bowie but it was interesting to learn about how much influence the gay community has had on the music business over the years. I wasn't really sur...

    Provided very interesting history, and I learned a lot. I also liked that there was more international focus instead of just US/UK. However, I did feel like it focused too much on cis men and sometimes provided too many background details (details of someone?s Mom/Dad and their lives...

    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 weird shifts in tone (formal/neutral to familiar/subjective). That being said, i learned...

    The title is quite deceptive: I had expected -due to the statement "Made ME gay" that it would be a personal biography of the author. The actual book is much more objective and entirely without a personal viewpoint. The information within was quite interesting in parts, but could be qu...

    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 faced by our communities. ...

    An informative and compelling book that's a great start for anybody who looks for information on LGBT musicians. And it contains a detailed bibliography, so if after reading David Bowie Made Me Gay you want to know more, you know where to look. ...

    Comprehensive history of LGBT influences in modern music. I was expecting coverage of Broadway composers and Glam Rock idols but was surprised and engaged with insights into the African, Caribbean, Hip Hop and even Country & Western music scenes. ...

    3.75 Not 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 chapters would end really suddenly. Otherwise enjoyable. ...

    Excellent. Fairly comprehensive but entertaining survey of 100 years of LGTB artists. Sent me to You Tube! ...

    reads like a pop music magazine with innuendo & gossip too!! Covers a MASH of information ...

    Meh. Brief blurbs about LGBTQ musicians over the past century. I?m particularly fond of Bullock?s writing style, it lacks soul ...

    2.5 More of a name-droppy overview than I would?ve liked. ...

    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! ...

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  • Kamila
    Mar 30, 2018

    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 to this as a 70's and 80's music aficionado with a deep and abiding love for Bowie, an...

    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 bit about the Thin White Duke, the man who is quickly becoming my philosophical, intell...

    The first part of this book was really interesting and informative. I never knew there were so many GLBT artists from the 1920's-50's that had such influence on music and the struggles they went through. I enjoyed that part the best. The second half, mostly the 70's to today, was kind ...

    Exactly what I wanted from this book, and exactly the kind of book I've been searching for over the past few years. A comprehensive, well-written but not overwhelming history of queer music and musicians over the past 100 years. A western focus overall, mostly within the US/UK/the occa...

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

    Overall, I found this a very disappointing read. I think the idea of the book (tracing the influences and performers of LBGT music) is great, and the introduction --- with a big focus on Bowie's importance --- makes an excellent case for the exploration. I learned a lot, including the ...

    The first half of this book is excellent and eye opening. Learning about queer, black New Orleans 100 years ago was eye-opening, and learning about how Tony Jackson figures into Jelly Roll Morton?s history was fantastic. I knew of Ma Rainey, but learning about Ethel Waters and Lucill...

    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. Bullock enhances these mini-biographies by placing them in context with historic adva...

    Let's get one thing straight - I learned a lot from this book and there are many interesting facets of information I did not know, and feel all the better for knowing. A tremendous amount of research obviously went into it, and that shows. My hat off to Darryl W. Bullock for that. T...

    First off, the title of this book legit made me laugh out loud. I just thought: ?If anyone had this magical power, it would totally be David Bowie.? Ok... so not the greatest book, despite my decently high rating. I?ve never felt the need to do much studying on music but the summ...

    An attempt at extensive review of gay and lesbian contributions to popular music. The author is a bit UK centric, so some of the material is obscure to this US reader. I'm grateful that one chapter was about women's music in the 70's and 80's-- at least we got some text, if quite abbre...

    A breezy survey of LGBT musicians from the late nineteenth century through to the present day. Because some of the information was new to me and interesting, I kept reading. But it was a slog, since there is little in the way of anaylsis or perspective or unifying themes--at times it's...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I entered for it just because The Title sounded interesting. There really wasn't a lot about David Bowie but it was interesting to learn about how much influence the gay community has had on the music business over the years. I wasn't really sur...

    Provided very interesting history, and I learned a lot. I also liked that there was more international focus instead of just US/UK. However, I did feel like it focused too much on cis men and sometimes provided too many background details (details of someone?s Mom/Dad and their lives...

    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 weird shifts in tone (formal/neutral to familiar/subjective). That being said, i learned...

    The title is quite deceptive: I had expected -due to the statement "Made ME gay" that it would be a personal biography of the author. The actual book is much more objective and entirely without a personal viewpoint. The information within was quite interesting in parts, but could be qu...

    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 faced by our communities. ...

    An informative and compelling book that's a great start for anybody who looks for information on LGBT musicians. And it contains a detailed bibliography, so if after reading David Bowie Made Me Gay you want to know more, you know where to look. ...

  • Malinda Jane
    May 06, 2018

    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 to this as a 70's and 80's music aficionado with a deep and abiding love for Bowie, an...

    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 bit about the Thin White Duke, the man who is quickly becoming my philosophical, intell...

    The first part of this book was really interesting and informative. I never knew there were so many GLBT artists from the 1920's-50's that had such influence on music and the struggles they went through. I enjoyed that part the best. The second half, mostly the 70's to today, was kind ...

    Exactly what I wanted from this book, and exactly the kind of book I've been searching for over the past few years. A comprehensive, well-written but not overwhelming history of queer music and musicians over the past 100 years. A western focus overall, mostly within the US/UK/the occa...

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

    Overall, I found this a very disappointing read. I think the idea of the book (tracing the influences and performers of LBGT music) is great, and the introduction --- with a big focus on Bowie's importance --- makes an excellent case for the exploration. I learned a lot, including the ...

    The first half of this book is excellent and eye opening. Learning about queer, black New Orleans 100 years ago was eye-opening, and learning about how Tony Jackson figures into Jelly Roll Morton?s history was fantastic. I knew of Ma Rainey, but learning about Ethel Waters and Lucill...

    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. Bullock enhances these mini-biographies by placing them in context with historic adva...

    Let's get one thing straight - I learned a lot from this book and there are many interesting facets of information I did not know, and feel all the better for knowing. A tremendous amount of research obviously went into it, and that shows. My hat off to Darryl W. Bullock for that. T...

    First off, the title of this book legit made me laugh out loud. I just thought: ?If anyone had this magical power, it would totally be David Bowie.? Ok... so not the greatest book, despite my decently high rating. I?ve never felt the need to do much studying on music but the summ...

    An attempt at extensive review of gay and lesbian contributions to popular music. The author is a bit UK centric, so some of the material is obscure to this US reader. I'm grateful that one chapter was about women's music in the 70's and 80's-- at least we got some text, if quite abbre...

    A breezy survey of LGBT musicians from the late nineteenth century through to the present day. Because some of the information was new to me and interesting, I kept reading. But it was a slog, since there is little in the way of anaylsis or perspective or unifying themes--at times it's...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I entered for it just because The Title sounded interesting. There really wasn't a lot about David Bowie but it was interesting to learn about how much influence the gay community has had on the music business over the years. I wasn't really sur...

    Provided very interesting history, and I learned a lot. I also liked that there was more international focus instead of just US/UK. However, I did feel like it focused too much on cis men and sometimes provided too many background details (details of someone?s Mom/Dad and their lives...

    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 weird shifts in tone (formal/neutral to familiar/subjective). That being said, i learned...

    The title is quite deceptive: I had expected -due to the statement "Made ME gay" that it would be a personal biography of the author. The actual book is much more objective and entirely without a personal viewpoint. The information within was quite interesting in parts, but could be qu...

    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 faced by our communities. ...

    An informative and compelling book that's a great start for anybody who looks for information on LGBT musicians. And it contains a detailed bibliography, so if after reading David Bowie Made Me Gay you want to know more, you know where to look. ...

    Comprehensive history of LGBT influences in modern music. I was expecting coverage of Broadway composers and Glam Rock idols but was surprised and engaged with insights into the African, Caribbean, Hip Hop and even Country & Western music scenes. ...

    3.75 Not 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 chapters would end really suddenly. Otherwise enjoyable. ...

    Excellent. Fairly comprehensive but entertaining survey of 100 years of LGTB artists. Sent me to You Tube! ...

    reads like a pop music magazine with innuendo & gossip too!! Covers a MASH of information ...

    Meh. Brief blurbs about LGBTQ musicians over the past century. I?m particularly fond of Bullock?s writing style, it lacks soul ...

    2.5 More of a name-droppy overview than I would?ve liked. ...

    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! ...

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  • Sam
    Dec 17, 2017

    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 to this as a 70's and 80's music aficionado with a deep and abiding love for Bowie, an...

    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 bit about the Thin White Duke, the man who is quickly becoming my philosophical, intell...

    The first part of this book was really interesting and informative. I never knew there were so many GLBT artists from the 1920's-50's that had such influence on music and the struggles they went through. I enjoyed that part the best. The second half, mostly the 70's to today, was kind ...

    Exactly what I wanted from this book, and exactly the kind of book I've been searching for over the past few years. A comprehensive, well-written but not overwhelming history of queer music and musicians over the past 100 years. A western focus overall, mostly within the US/UK/the occa...

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

    Overall, I found this a very disappointing read. I think the idea of the book (tracing the influences and performers of LBGT music) is great, and the introduction --- with a big focus on Bowie's importance --- makes an excellent case for the exploration. I learned a lot, including the ...

    The first half of this book is excellent and eye opening. Learning about queer, black New Orleans 100 years ago was eye-opening, and learning about how Tony Jackson figures into Jelly Roll Morton?s history was fantastic. I knew of Ma Rainey, but learning about Ethel Waters and Lucill...

    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. Bullock enhances these mini-biographies by placing them in context with historic adva...

    Let's get one thing straight - I learned a lot from this book and there are many interesting facets of information I did not know, and feel all the better for knowing. A tremendous amount of research obviously went into it, and that shows. My hat off to Darryl W. Bullock for that. T...

    First off, the title of this book legit made me laugh out loud. I just thought: ?If anyone had this magical power, it would totally be David Bowie.? Ok... so not the greatest book, despite my decently high rating. I?ve never felt the need to do much studying on music but the summ...

    An attempt at extensive review of gay and lesbian contributions to popular music. The author is a bit UK centric, so some of the material is obscure to this US reader. I'm grateful that one chapter was about women's music in the 70's and 80's-- at least we got some text, if quite abbre...

    A breezy survey of LGBT musicians from the late nineteenth century through to the present day. Because some of the information was new to me and interesting, I kept reading. But it was a slog, since there is little in the way of anaylsis or perspective or unifying themes--at times it's...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I entered for it just because The Title sounded interesting. There really wasn't a lot about David Bowie but it was interesting to learn about how much influence the gay community has had on the music business over the years. I wasn't really sur...

    Provided very interesting history, and I learned a lot. I also liked that there was more international focus instead of just US/UK. However, I did feel like it focused too much on cis men and sometimes provided too many background details (details of someone?s Mom/Dad and their lives...

    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 weird shifts in tone (formal/neutral to familiar/subjective). That being said, i learned...

    The title is quite deceptive: I had expected -due to the statement "Made ME gay" that it would be a personal biography of the author. The actual book is much more objective and entirely without a personal viewpoint. The information within was quite interesting in parts, but could be qu...

    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 faced by our communities. ...

    An informative and compelling book that's a great start for anybody who looks for information on LGBT musicians. And it contains a detailed bibliography, so if after reading David Bowie Made Me Gay you want to know more, you know where to look. ...

    Comprehensive history of LGBT influences in modern music. I was expecting coverage of Broadway composers and Glam Rock idols but was surprised and engaged with insights into the African, Caribbean, Hip Hop and even Country & Western music scenes. ...

    3.75 Not 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 chapters would end really suddenly. Otherwise enjoyable. ...

  • Joshua
    Jan 09, 2018

    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 to this as a 70's and 80's music aficionado with a deep and abiding love for Bowie, an...

    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 bit about the Thin White Duke, the man who is quickly becoming my philosophical, intell...

  • Christopher Jones
    Oct 22, 2017

    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 to this as a 70's and 80's music aficionado with a deep and abiding love for Bowie, an...

    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 bit about the Thin White Duke, the man who is quickly becoming my philosophical, intell...

    The first part of this book was really interesting and informative. I never knew there were so many GLBT artists from the 1920's-50's that had such influence on music and the struggles they went through. I enjoyed that part the best. The second half, mostly the 70's to today, was kind ...

    Exactly what I wanted from this book, and exactly the kind of book I've been searching for over the past few years. A comprehensive, well-written but not overwhelming history of queer music and musicians over the past 100 years. A western focus overall, mostly within the US/UK/the occa...

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

  • Lindsay Finnell
    Jan 14, 2018

    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 to this as a 70's and 80's music aficionado with a deep and abiding love for Bowie, an...

    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 bit about the Thin White Duke, the man who is quickly becoming my philosophical, intell...

    The first part of this book was really interesting and informative. I never knew there were so many GLBT artists from the 1920's-50's that had such influence on music and the struggles they went through. I enjoyed that part the best. The second half, mostly the 70's to today, was kind ...

    Exactly what I wanted from this book, and exactly the kind of book I've been searching for over the past few years. A comprehensive, well-written but not overwhelming history of queer music and musicians over the past 100 years. A western focus overall, mostly within the US/UK/the occa...

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

    Overall, I found this a very disappointing read. I think the idea of the book (tracing the influences and performers of LBGT music) is great, and the introduction --- with a big focus on Bowie's importance --- makes an excellent case for the exploration. I learned a lot, including the ...

    The first half of this book is excellent and eye opening. Learning about queer, black New Orleans 100 years ago was eye-opening, and learning about how Tony Jackson figures into Jelly Roll Morton?s history was fantastic. I knew of Ma Rainey, but learning about Ethel Waters and Lucill...

    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. Bullock enhances these mini-biographies by placing them in context with historic adva...

    Let's get one thing straight - I learned a lot from this book and there are many interesting facets of information I did not know, and feel all the better for knowing. A tremendous amount of research obviously went into it, and that shows. My hat off to Darryl W. Bullock for that. T...

    First off, the title of this book legit made me laugh out loud. I just thought: ?If anyone had this magical power, it would totally be David Bowie.? Ok... so not the greatest book, despite my decently high rating. I?ve never felt the need to do much studying on music but the summ...

    An attempt at extensive review of gay and lesbian contributions to popular music. The author is a bit UK centric, so some of the material is obscure to this US reader. I'm grateful that one chapter was about women's music in the 70's and 80's-- at least we got some text, if quite abbre...

    A breezy survey of LGBT musicians from the late nineteenth century through to the present day. Because some of the information was new to me and interesting, I kept reading. But it was a slog, since there is little in the way of anaylsis or perspective or unifying themes--at times it's...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I entered for it just because The Title sounded interesting. There really wasn't a lot about David Bowie but it was interesting to learn about how much influence the gay community has had on the music business over the years. I wasn't really sur...

    Provided very interesting history, and I learned a lot. I also liked that there was more international focus instead of just US/UK. However, I did feel like it focused too much on cis men and sometimes provided too many background details (details of someone?s Mom/Dad and their lives...

    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 weird shifts in tone (formal/neutral to familiar/subjective). That being said, i learned...

    The title is quite deceptive: I had expected -due to the statement "Made ME gay" that it would be a personal biography of the author. The actual book is much more objective and entirely without a personal viewpoint. The information within was quite interesting in parts, but could be qu...

    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 faced by our communities. ...

    An informative and compelling book that's a great start for anybody who looks for information on LGBT musicians. And it contains a detailed bibliography, so if after reading David Bowie Made Me Gay you want to know more, you know where to look. ...

    Comprehensive history of LGBT influences in modern music. I was expecting coverage of Broadway composers and Glam Rock idols but was surprised and engaged with insights into the African, Caribbean, Hip Hop and even Country & Western music scenes. ...

    3.75 Not 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 chapters would end really suddenly. Otherwise enjoyable. ...

    Excellent. Fairly comprehensive but entertaining survey of 100 years of LGTB artists. Sent me to You Tube! ...

    reads like a pop music magazine with innuendo & gossip too!! Covers a MASH of information ...

    Meh. Brief blurbs about LGBTQ musicians over the past century. I?m particularly fond of Bullock?s writing style, it lacks soul ...

    2.5 More of a name-droppy overview than I would?ve liked. ...

    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! ...

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  • Vari Robinson
    Jan 29, 2018

    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 to this as a 70's and 80's music aficionado with a deep and abiding love for Bowie, an...

    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 bit about the Thin White Duke, the man who is quickly becoming my philosophical, intell...

    The first part of this book was really interesting and informative. I never knew there were so many GLBT artists from the 1920's-50's that had such influence on music and the struggles they went through. I enjoyed that part the best. The second half, mostly the 70's to today, was kind ...

    Exactly what I wanted from this book, and exactly the kind of book I've been searching for over the past few years. A comprehensive, well-written but not overwhelming history of queer music and musicians over the past 100 years. A western focus overall, mostly within the US/UK/the occa...

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

    Overall, I found this a very disappointing read. I think the idea of the book (tracing the influences and performers of LBGT music) is great, and the introduction --- with a big focus on Bowie's importance --- makes an excellent case for the exploration. I learned a lot, including the ...

    The first half of this book is excellent and eye opening. Learning about queer, black New Orleans 100 years ago was eye-opening, and learning about how Tony Jackson figures into Jelly Roll Morton?s history was fantastic. I knew of Ma Rainey, but learning about Ethel Waters and Lucill...

    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. Bullock enhances these mini-biographies by placing them in context with historic adva...

    Let's get one thing straight - I learned a lot from this book and there are many interesting facets of information I did not know, and feel all the better for knowing. A tremendous amount of research obviously went into it, and that shows. My hat off to Darryl W. Bullock for that. T...

    First off, the title of this book legit made me laugh out loud. I just thought: ?If anyone had this magical power, it would totally be David Bowie.? Ok... so not the greatest book, despite my decently high rating. I?ve never felt the need to do much studying on music but the summ...

    An attempt at extensive review of gay and lesbian contributions to popular music. The author is a bit UK centric, so some of the material is obscure to this US reader. I'm grateful that one chapter was about women's music in the 70's and 80's-- at least we got some text, if quite abbre...

    A breezy survey of LGBT musicians from the late nineteenth century through to the present day. Because some of the information was new to me and interesting, I kept reading. But it was a slog, since there is little in the way of anaylsis or perspective or unifying themes--at times it's...

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I entered for it just because The Title sounded interesting. There really wasn't a lot about David Bowie but it was interesting to learn about how much influence the gay community has had on the music business over the years. I wasn't really sur...

    Provided very interesting history, and I learned a lot. I also liked that there was more international focus instead of just US/UK. However, I did feel like it focused too much on cis men and sometimes provided too many background details (details of someone?s Mom/Dad and their lives...