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What is Glam Rock Music?

David Bowie in the early 1970s
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Glam Rock Music (sometimes known as Glitter Rock) emerged from the UK early in the 1970’s. It was performed by outrageous people wearing outrageous clothes, outrageous make-up and enormous platform soled boots with, you’ve guessed it, glitter and sparkle added to every component. They were flamboyant characters, often camp and definitely not afraid to be in touch with their feminine side. Glam rock had glamor, it had theatrics, it actually had lots of different musical styles but above all the singers all had oodles of showmanship.

Representative Glam Rock Musicians

Glam Rock Musicians were coming thick and fast and it’s really difficult to know where it all started. People like David Bowie (well, his alter ego Ziggy Stardust) are definitely one of the more well known glam rockers, although Marc Bolan with his group T Rex have been identified as one of the originals, who appeared on Top of the Pops in 1971 wearing lots of satin and glitter performing the hit single Hot Love. Gary Glitter followed soon after with his Glitter band, and even previously well known artists went through a “glam rock” stage – Elton John, Rod Stewart and Queen for example. Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones weren’t averse to a bit of satin either.


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