After Woodstock and before Punk, Glam Rock reimagined the Rock ’n Roll experience as outlandish fantasy. By becoming objects of art themselves, Glam’s performers defined rock stardom as self-invention, stripping away common notions of identity, gender, and sexuality.
As David Bowie and the pillars of London Glam – The Sweet, Mott the Hoople, Slade, and T. Rex – dominated the pop charts, America’s Glam movement manifested in the form of Iggy Pop, New York Dolls, and The Velvet Underground; giving birth to a durable Rock ’n Roll aesthetic template to be embraced or rejected for decades to come.
Under The Influence shows how Glam Rock’s legacy helped give us Disco, Goth, Hair Metal, Prince, KISS, REM, Twin Shadow, Lady Gaga, filmmaker Todd Haynes, LGBT rights, platform boots, and a generation of young artists in the developing world reimagining life as art.
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