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Additional resources for Strange Fascination: David Bowie: The Definitive Story
Had Barrett endured, there could have been much less room for Bowie to manoeuvre within the Nineteen Seventies. yet he didn’t. through the early 1970’s, he was once, very unfortunately, a comatose damage, pop’s most famed acid casualty; an innovator destroyed earlier than his major. within the arms of Bowie, glam challenged pop’s masculine ethos. Bowie’s model of glam used to be approximately gender violence. Lou Reed and Iggy Pop simply began to put on glaring makeup on level as soon as Bowie and Bolan had all started to take action. by means of 1973 a level of laddish femininity had turn into an absolute prerequisite for even the main mainstream of father acts, as bands resembling dust and The candy had their lead guitarists camp it up probably advert nauseam for digicam 1 on most sensible of the Pops. quickly each self-respecting British teen-band was once to have not less than one among its contributors kitted out in a pretend leopard-skin jumpsuit with diversified glittery attachments. Bowie, notwithstanding, had little or no to do with those glitter rockers. Slapping at the slap used to be a surefire approach for hetero rockers to snap up the ladies, yet Bowie took it way past this, tapping right into a centuries-old culture of shamanistic sexual play. there has been an depth to Bowie that no different glam-rock act possessed. So while did all of it begin for him? The origins of glam, Bowie-style, might be traced again to the first actual months of the 70s, an period within which the lumpen-rock of the post-Woodstock new release and the overdone earnestness of the hot singer-songwriters fought opposed to the tide of bubblegum spilling into the charts from the likes of The Archies and Edison Lighthouse. on the Roundhouse in London in February 1970, Bowie and his band, Hype, a hard-rocking line-up in stark distinction to the one-man acoustic folk-pop of Bowie’s ill-starred travel as help to Humble Pie the former autumn, performed some of the most major and such a lot indifferently obtained concert events in rock heritage. Hype have been meant as a cartoonesque caper, a type of rock’n’roll pantomime for the hot decade, and the identify used to be meant to run counter to hippy-era notions of an anti-commercialistic rock group. the following was once a bunch which introduced itself as a fraud from the outset, and which embodied Bowie’s first faltering makes an attempt to attract awareness to the concepts positioned into position to promote pop, which the present rock orthodoxy of the time both disingenuously rejected or attempted to hide up. during this experience, Hype was once a dry run for Ziggy Stardust years down the road. Bowie used to be Rainbow guy, donning a cape of many colors and plenty of diaphanous scarves. Drummer John Cambridge used to be Cowboy guy, Mick Ronson on lead guitar was once Gangster guy, donning a borrowed gold lamé swimsuit from Bowie and matching fedora, and bassist Tony Visconti was once Hype guy, one of those comic-book superhero, in a white leotard, a cape and 2 crocheted knickers. the full occasion was once filmed professionally (Hype have been in reality only one of the acts at the invoice that evening) and a few of the pictures was once later utilized by the Biography Channel for a programme on Bowie. Bowie himself recollects that a few humans within the viewers have been so adversarial to this pioneering rock spectacle they didn’t even hassle to boo, and as a substitute easily became their backs to the level!