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1984: The Year Pop Went Queer

1984: The Year Pop Went Queer

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Author: Ian Wade

Rock & Pop music | Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups | Popular culture | Gender studies, gender groups | Sex & sexuality, sex manuals

Published on 6th June 2024 by Blink Publishing (Nine Eight Books).

Hardback |
216mm x 135mm | 160g

In 1984, pop came out of the closet - even if not all of the artists felt that they could - and, in the process, charted the course of the rest of the decade.

In 1984: The Year Pop Went Queer, writer and musician Ian Wade charts where these artists, including Queen, George Michael, David Bowie, Pet Shop Boys, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Madonna - who all enjoyed chart success in 1984 - were during that epoch-making year. It studies the impact these groundbreaking musicians had before, during and after on the gay community and popular culture, and it demonstrates how they were able to break down barriers, raise consciousness and set in motion the first nascent ripples in a pond that are still being felt today.

As a backdrop, it explores the strides made in the name of the cause and how the wider surrounding culture reacted with equal parts glee, bafflement and disgust.

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