Thursday, June 06, 2013

interesting book (a series) #1

kicking off a new, sporadic series, about interesting books, mostly but not exclusively music-related :

All the Young Dudes: Why Glam Matters by Mark Dery

Boing Boing's first-ebook, this fascinating 8000-word monograph uses Mott the Hoople's Bowie-gifted signature anthem to unpack the meanings of glam, ranging from the etymology of the term "dude" to the "20s-style cover" of Mott's album and its evocation of " the coded homoeroticism of the ‘20s magazine illustrator J.C. Leyendecke", and all sluiced through the memories and p.o.v. of an Anglophile "growing up glam in  in ‘70s San Diego". Get it here.

On which subject, check out also Mark Dery's recent  e-book treatise for Thought Catalog on the history of American Anglophilia: England My England: Anglophilia Explained.