So, what is glamrock? The style emerged in the early 70s, bringing all the rock scene of England to the new level. Its first appearance is traditionally associated with Marc Bolan’s (T.Rex) wearing a glittery “camouflage” consisting of a silver suit and sparks on his pretty cheeks celebrating new hit, “Hot Love”; that was how one performance at “The Top Of The Pops”, 1971, introduced brand-new fashion era to the world.
There is no possible way to depict the glamrock movement not referring to its idols. Roxy Music, Alice Cooper, Brian Eno – the pantheon of glammy rockers includes a lot of unique and well-known musicians. But the true Zeus above all of them is David Bowie whose Ziggy Stardust persona has brought the philosophy of glitters to masses.
From that moment it is the goal to look like an alien: androgynous and mysterious. Teenagers shock their parents with genderless looks (look up “Rebel, rebel” lyrics: “Got your mother in a whirl
She's not sure if you're a boy or a girl”) and, what’s more, social roles.
They were wild but wild with chic. A lot of make-up regardless to sex, they were rejecting everything old and boring, building a kind of cosmic generation, foreseeing it was time for the radically different ones as much as hippies believed to be children of the universe. The gap between girls and boys seems to be erased, you can be masculine and feminine at the same time not only in your dress and body type – but in the attitude to life. Rock, field of art for men opens to ladies, best example of whom is amazing Suzi Quatro. There is no more restrictions left, only creativity.
If taking the music itself, it was something between psychedelic and art rock and motifs of bubblegum pop, both catchy and spontaneous.
But is it a genre, trend or the way of life? Every each of us has an own answer to it. The thing that matters is how new and shocking it was and, important(!), how many people still want it alive. And you know what? WE WILL RESURRECT IT TOGETHER!
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