I would like to say a big thanks to Channel 4 for showing “Queer as Pop: From the Gay Scene to the Mainstream”. Just hope that some of my straight mates also watched it.
It’s the first of three programmes tonight on Channel 4 (Friday 27th December 2013) around the theme of the importance of the gay scene and its musical icons in pop culture. This documentary charts the men, music and moments that have brought pop music out of the closet and changed the world along the way. Queer as Pop details how the gay clubs and scene have inspired and affected the music mainstream over the last 40 years. This fascinating documentary shows how music has been influenced by the political and social liberation of gay men, charting key events from the repealing of laws banning homosexuality, through to the emergence of the disco era and the David Bowie-inspired New Romantics. Chic’s Nile Rodgers, DJ Paul Oakenfold, Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters and Erasure’s Andy Bell discuss the evolutionary music scene spanning disco, New Romantics and house, through to Lady Gaga and beyond.
Missed it and live in the UK? Then watch it via 40d at www.channel4.com/programmes/queer-as-pop-from-gay-scene-to-mainstream.