Glitter Glam Rock 

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Glitter Glam Rock 
Glitter Rock (also known as Glam Rock) is a style of rock and pop music that developed in the United Kingdom in the early 1970s performed by musicians who wore outrageous costumes, makeup, and hairstyles, particularly platform shoes and glitter.  Glam artists drew on diverse sources ranging from bubblegum pop and ’50s rock and roll to cabaret theatrics, science fiction, and complex art rock. The flamboyant clothing and visual styles of performers were often camp or androgynous, and have been described as playing with nontraditional gender roles.
Glam rock peaked during the mid-1970s with artists including Marc Bolan and T. Rex, David Bowie, Sweet, Slade, Roxy Music and Gary Glitter in the UK, and the Alice Cooper group, New York Dolls, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and Jobriath in the US. It declined after the mid-1970s, but had a major influence on other genres including punk rock, glam metal, New Romanticism, and gothic rock and has sporadically revived since the 1990s.
Glam rock can be seen as a fashion as well as musical subgenre.  Glam artists rejected the revolutionary principles of the late 1960s rock scene, instead glorifying decadence, superficiality, and the simple structures of earlier pop music.  Musically it was very diverse, varying between the simple rock and roll revivalism of figures like Alvin Stardust to the complex art rock of Roxy Music.  Artists drew on such musical influences as bubblegum pop, the brash guitar riffs of hard rock, stomping rhythms, and ’50s rock ‘n roll, filtering them through the recording innovations of the late 1960s.
Visually it was a mesh of various styles, ranging from 1930s Hollywood glamour, through 1950s pin-up sex appeal, pre-war cabaret theatrics, Victorian literary and symbolist styles, science fiction, to ancient and occult mysticism and mythology; manifesting itself in outrageous clothes, makeup, hairstyles, and platform-soled boots.[10] Glam is most noted for its sexual and gender ambiguity and representations of androgyny, beside extensive use of theatrics. It was prefigured by the showmanship and gender identity manipulation of American acts such as the Cockettes and Alice Cooper, the latter of which combined glam with shock rock.
Glam rock emerged from the English psychedelic and art rock scenes of the late 1960s and can be seen as both an extension of, and a reaction against, those trends.  Its origins are associated with Marc Bolan, who had renamed his folk duo T. Rex and taken up electric instruments by the end of the 1960s. Often cited as the moment of inception is his appearance on the UK TV programme Top of the Pops in March 1971 wearing glitter and satins, to perform what would be his second UK Top 10 hit (and first UK Number 1 hit), “Hot Love”. In 1973, a few months after the release of the album Tanx, Bolan captured the front cover of Melody Maker magazine with the declaration “Glam rock is dead!”.
From late 1971, already a minor star, David Bowie developed his Ziggy Stardust persona, incorporating elements of professional makeup, mime and performance into his act. Bowie, in a 1972 interview in which he noted that other artists described as glam rock were doing different work, said “I think glam rock is a lovely way to categorize me and it’s even nicer to be one of the leaders of it”. These performers were soon followed in the style by acts including Roxy Music, Sweet, Slade, Mott the Hoople, Mudand Alvin Stardust.
A heavier variant of Glam rock, emphasising guitar riff centric songs, driving rhythms and live performance with audience participation, were represented by bands like Sladeand Mott the Hoople, with later followers such as Def Leppard, Cheap Trick, Poison, Kiss, Bon Jovi, Quiet Riot and Oasis, some of which either covered Slade compositions, or composed new songs based on Slade templates. While highly successful in the single charts in the UK, very few of these musicians were able to make a serious impact in the United States; David Bowie was the major exception becoming an international superstar and prompting the adoption of glam styles among acts like Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, New York Dolls and Jobriath, often known as “glitter rock” and with a darker lyrical content than their British counterparts.
In the UK, the term glitter rock was most often used to refer to the extreme version of glam pursued by Gary Glitter and the independent band with whom he often performed known as the Glitter Band. The Glitter Band and Gary Glitter had between them eighteen top ten singles in the UK between 1972 and 1976. A second wave of glam rock acts, including Suzi Quatro, Roy Wood’s Wizzard and Sparks, dominated the British single charts from about 1974 to 1976. Quatro directly inspired the pioneering Los Angeles based all-girl group the Runaways. Existing acts, some not usually considered central to the genre, also adopted glam styles, including Rod Stewart, Elton John, Queen and, for a time, the Rolling Stones. Punk rock, often seen as a reaction to the artifice of glam rock, but using some elements of the genre, including makeup and involving cover versions of glam rock records, helped end the fashion for glam from about 1976.
In this page we’ll be looking at diverse acts such as: Marc Bolan, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Brian Eno, Bryan Ferry, Gary Glitter, Ian Hunter, Elton John, Kiss, Mott the Hoople, New York Dolls, Iggy Pop, Suzi Quatro, Queen, Lou Reed, Mick Ronson, Roxy Music,T.Rex, & Foxy Shazam.
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The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (often shortened to Ziggy Stardust) is the fifth studio album by English musician David Bowie. It is a concept album telling the story of a fictional rock star named Ziggy Stardust. It peaked at No. 5 in the United Kingdom on the UK Albums Chart and No. 75 in the United States on the Billboard 200,  then improved to a No. 21 position in the wake of Bowie’s death.
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Suzi Quatro is the debut solo studio album by the American glam rock singer-songwriter and bass guitarist of the same name. It was originally released in late 1973, by the record label Rak. The album was titled Can the Can in Australia.
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Kiss is the eponymous debut studio album by American rock band Kiss, released on February 18, 1974. Much of the material on the album was written by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, as members of their pre-Kiss band Wicked Lester. Simmons estimated that the entire process of recording and mixing took three weeks, while co-producer Richie Wise has stated it took just 13 days.
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Dandy in the Underworld is the twelfth and final studio album by English glam rock rock act T. Rex. It was released on 11 March 1977 by record label EMI. It reached No. 26 in the UK charts, the band’s highest-charting album since 1974’s Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow. The title track was released as a single but failed to chart, though “I Love to Boogie” and “The Soul of My Suit” achieved chart placings in the UK.
After three commercially weak albums, Dandy in the Underworld was regarded by many T. Rex fans as a comeback for the band. However, it would prove to be the band’s final album, as Marc Bolan died in a car crash in September 1977. The album was praised for the strength of the songwriting and Bolan’s vocal performances.
An album of unreleased tracks and alternate versions of songs from the sessions that produced the album was released in 2006 called “Final Cuts”. Most of these tracks were recorded at AIR Studios Oxford Street, with the addition of four tracks recorded at Decibel Studios in Stamford Hill in April 1977 after the release of Dandy in the Underworld . Seven of the twelve songs on “Final Cuts” were not released during Bolan’s lifetime. It includes an alternate cut of the final T.Rex single ‘Celebrate Summer’ as well as ‘Mellow Love’, ‘Write Me A Song’, ‘Hot George’, ‘Shy Boy’.
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