The Secret Public: How LGBTQ Performers Shaped Popular Culture (1955–1979)

The Secret Public - How LGBTQ Performers Shaped Popular Culture (1955–1979) Book

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A monumental history of the LGBTQ influence on popular culture, from the award-winning, Sunday Times-bestselling author.

An electrifying look at key moments in music and entertainment history between 1955 and 1979, which helped move gay culture from the margins to the mainstream and changed the face of pop forever - from the ambiguous sexuality of stars such as Little Richard in the 1950s through to David Bowie, glam rock and Sylvester's 'You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)'.

The Secret Public 
is a searching examination of the fortitude and resilience of the gay community through the lens of popular music and culture; it reflects on the freedom found in divergence from the norm and reminds us of the need to be vigilant against those seeking to roll back the rights of marginalised groups.

"From England's Dreaming to 1966: The Year the Decade Exploded, Jon Savage's books are always a treat. Weighty, meticulously researched histories packed with super-sharp original analysis, they invariably shed new light on their subjects. His take on queer culture's impact on pop has been a long time coming, but will almost undoubtedly be worth the wait."
Guardian, The Best Pop and Classical Music to Look Out for in 2024

"The story of the shift of gay culture from the margins to the mainstream and how this changed the nature of pop music forever, as told through this lively account of key moments personalities in entertainment history."
Financial Times, What to Read in 2024


Author Jon Savage
Format Hardback
Pages 752
ISBN 9780571358373

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