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

Faber & Faber
6th June 2024

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Join us on June 30th for Jon Savage, in conversation with Phil Eaglesham at the Glad Cafe to discuss the Secret Public.

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

An electrifying look at key moments in music and entertainment history between 1955 and 1979. From the secret sexuality of stars such as Little Richard in the 1950s through to the ambiguity of David Bowie, glam rock and Sylvester’s ‘You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)’. Jon Savage reflects on the figures and events that helped move gay culture from the margins to the mainstream and changed the face of pop forever.

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.

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