Aug. 11, 2010
-- Glam rock is a Style of music the originated in England and also called Glitter Rock. Glam obviously stands for "glamour". So, the image is extremely important to the survival of many bands like KISS Abba and Blondie. Glam rock is basically a rock style/genre that came after the hippy movement. The glam rock performers tended to wear very colourful, outrageous clothing and often make up as well. It was a very theatrical style which matched the flamboyant lyrics. Largely a British phenomenon, glam rock peaked during the early 1970s. The "most famous exponents" of the movement were “Marc Bolan and T.Rex, Gary Glitter and the bands Sweet and Slade." Other influential performers were including Alice Cooper, David Bowie, Lou Reed, Roxy Music, Mud, Queen, Mott the Hoople, The Glitter Band, Brian Eno and Suzy Quatro. Glam rock (also known as glitter rock), is a rock music style that developed in the UK in the post-hippie early 1970s which was "performed by singers and musicians wearing outrageous clothes, makeup, hairstyles, and platform-soled boots." The flamboyant lyrics, costumes, and visual styles of glam performers were a campy, theatrical blend of nostalgic references to science fiction and old movies, all over a guitar-driven hard rock sound. Glam rock fashion includes platform shoes, lots of glittery make-up for both men and women, face painting, coloured and spiked hair, Victorian style shirts, vests, leather, feathers, lots of metallic and space-age colours. It had a futuristic look and was influenced by science fiction. It was very androgynous. Glam fans (usually referred to in the contemporary music press as "glitter kids") and performers distinguished themselves from earth-toned hippie culture with a deliberately “androgynous " look. This is derived in large part from a fusing of transvestism with futurism. Glitter rock lost considerable momentum when its shock value was ultimately pre-empted by genres willing to push theatrical conventions and fashion statements further to the edge. By the latter half of the 1970s most fans had defected to either the disco or heavy metal camps. Many of the leading glitter acts went on to even greater success as mainstream artists, albeit with either progressive or hard rock leanings.http://stylert.com/
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