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Good overview of an unfairly maligned period in music,
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This review is from: Glam Rock: Dandies in the Underworld (Hardcover)
Entertaining and very nice to read. This book covers the glam period 70-74 with pre and post commentary on the influences and influenced.
Whilst I don't think it as good as Hoskyn's book on glam it does have a lot going for it. The writing is fluent and comfortably analytical and there are some nice images within. Given the book is a V&A publication I did expect more in the way of glam artifacts on display but this is a minor quibble. Photographs of an Eno ostritch featherd stage outfit from 73, tour posters and a selction of era contemporary pin badges help make up for this.
Bolan and Bowie are two of my favourite artists and they are both justifiably covered in the book. What I really would have liked to have seen however are photographs of the glam fans. The queues outside Newcastle City Hall for T.Rex in 1972, the Ziggy clones and the Roxy followers all sequined and styled in anticipation of their idols. Surely such a book is something we all need. Take heed publishers!
Anyway, lovely book. Throw on `All the young dudes' and drift back to a time when orange high wasted flares and `three star jumpers' were necessities for the teen around town!