The Dictionary of Glam Rock
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The Dictionary of Glam Rock

Alice Cooper: glam guignol Bowie: space glam Cockney Rebel: pub glam Jobriath: show-glam Kiss: arena glam Lou Reed: Warhol glam Mott the Hoople: Dylan glam New York Dolls: subway glam Queen: glamesty Roxy Music: Teutonic glam Slade: glam-ball Sparks: Jap-cabaret glam The Stooges: death glam Sweet: Hollywood glam T. Rex: Garden of Earthly Delights glam Advertisements Continue reading

Third
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Third

Alex Chilton was to Chris Bell as Lennon was to McCartney. He put a kink in Bell’s gift for bangle and build. And there is no substitute for mystique: Big Star got props for power-pop long after they broke up, turning a cult band cult. Bell was gay and God-fearing. Chilton was a Box Top … Continue reading

Lick My Decals Off, Baby
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Lick My Decals Off, Baby

Captain Beefheart is an acquired taste. He approaches the blues from the outside in: Straddling the avant-garde, forgoing at times the “mama heartbeat” rhythm so germane to pop, his freak-outs range from musical free fall (e.g., the superficially untutored Trout Mask Replica) to gutter-garage (e.g., Safe As Milk).1 The overall effect is instructive if not wholly satisfying. Rarely … Continue reading

Bryter Layter
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Bryter Layter

At the age of 26, Nick Drake died from an overdose of antidepressants. There was something vaguely adolescent about him:  His suffering could be insufferable, his mannerism mannered.  Yet he was more than a doomed romantic.  He was an enigma. His musical technique is assured.  And it’s not really folk music: odd tunings and a … Continue reading