All the Young Dudes, glam rock s rallying cry, turned 40 last year David Bowie wrote it, but Mott the Hoople owned it their version was, and will ever remain, glam s anthem, a hymn of exuberant disenchantment that also happens to be one of rock s all time irresistible sing alongs Bowie, glam, and All the Young Dudes are inseparable in the public mind, summoning memo All the Young Dudes, glam rock s rallying cry, turned 40 last year David Bowie wrote it, but Mott the Hoople owned it their version was, and will ever remain, glam s anthem, a hymn of exuberant disenchantment that also happens to be one of rock s all time irresistible sing alongs Bowie, glam, and All the Young Dudes are inseparable in the public mind, summoning memories of a subculture dismissed as apolitical escapism, a glitter bomb of fashion and attitude that briefly relieved the malaise of the 70s Now, cultural critic Mark Dery gives the movement its due in an 8,000 word exploration of glam as rebellion through style As polymorphously perverse as the subculture it explores, All the Young Dudes Why Glam Matters is equal parts fan letter, visual culture criticism, queer theory, and true confession In bravura style, Dery teases out lines of connection between glam, the socioeconomic backdrop of the 70s, Oscar Wilde as a late Victorian Ziggy Stardust, the etymology and queer subtext of the slang term dude, the associative links between the 20s style cover of the Mott album on which Dudes appeared and the coded homoeroticism of the 20s magazine illustrator J.C Leyendecker considered in the context of the 1970s fad for all things 1920s , and Dery s own memories of growing up glam in 70s San Diego, where coming out as a Bowie fan even for straight kids was an invitation to bullying.Glam emboldened kids in Ameri
All the Young Dudes Why Glam Rock Matters All the Young Dudes glam rock s rallying cry turned last year David Bowie wrote it but Mott the Hoople owned it their version was and will ever remain glam s anthem a hymn of exuberant disenc
A nice addition from BoingBoing to Kindle Singles Dery draws a fascinating number of culturally interesting observations from one central song, adding to my appreciation of it and the role of Bowie and Mott the Hoople in the glam scene of the period Great writing style brings the 70s to memory in vivid detail Does a great job drawing parallels between glam and the aesthetes and decadents of the Oscar Wilde era Nice short, nostalgic read.
The Dery cabinet of wonders reveals yet exhibits in All the Young Dudes, a tale of how English countercultural eccentricity expanded a youthful rebel s dandyfied consciousness via Glam Rock, heralded by the classic Mott the Hoople hit referenced in the essay s title Teenage Mark was eager to escape the narrow bonds of dudeness and jockism that were the only ways of being male in his world For this neophyte aesthete and dandy these options would simply not do, being far from commensurate with hi [...]
An interesting read, although American centric in the extreme There are huge holes in the history of the glam movement that began in Britain years before anyone in America had ever heard of it With this core flaw in mind, I found it to be a good read of one person s experience with one song, one artist, and what it meant to him growing up as a kid far from the European glam scene I was that kid too and was only exposed to the commercial aspects of glam that the media served up to America long a [...]
I m amazed at Mark Dery s gifts, and this essay is just a delight Glam is a topic that interests me very much, although I was born too late to experience it in real time This piece is a treat a deep analysis into the author s own personal attraction to and experience of Glam, the context of the times and interestingly, the culture of both 70 s California where Dery was a teenage glitter kid and the UK where Glam originated This compare contrast of US and UK experiences of cultural phenomena is s [...]
This is a great essay on glam rock and its godfather, David Bowie Starting with an analysis of the lyrics to All the Young Dudes, the book begins to develop how glam became a place for everyone who didn t fit into the molds society had laid out for them It appealed to anyone who saw themselves as different regardless of sexuality, gender or class and became a place where sexual ambiguity and gender bending became something to celebrate through its image and lyrics Bowie and glam rock set the sta [...]
Even given its brevity, this is no kind of account of glam generally It s a 33 1 3 on an even narrow topic one song, one single, and what it meant to a kid in a US cultural backwater But given the choice of song, that s all you need It could do with an edit to weed out repetition, weird formatting, and a certain overuse of anachronistic terms But on glam and queerness, it s good and on that one anthem, it s excellent I never knew about the unused cover art before, and I wonder how much differen [...]
Massively irritated by the author referring to England when he meant Britain And it s all in all a very North American reading of glam which I felt missed some of the point of it and its endearing appeal Not just to men The essay gives the impression that glam had has an exclusively male audience And that s patently nonsense Oh well.
Dense, rich language weaves diverse threads connecting the album to the 70s and its impact on sexuality But the words are too thick They cloak meaning in burdensome layers Perhaps they lack, at their micro level, the unity which the work has at its macro level.