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A Star for the YouTube Generation

With the 2015 release of Blue Neighborhood, Sivan appears to be following his musical muse rather than the movies at present, and given his X-Men history and a certain savoir-faire for self-presentation, he may be crafting himself as the LGBT community’s very first action hero.

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In Search of Schubert’s ‘Secret Love Life’

If Schubert was the musical center of this mostly male cultural group, the literary center was his best friend Franz Schooner, …

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Metamorphosis of an Indie Rock Star

  Hopelessness by Anohni Secretly Canadian Records   In addition to the name- and gender-change, Anohni has radically altered her musical style on her solo album Hopelessness. Goodbye gloomy chamber rock, hello electronica. The new album contains eleven songs on nakedly political topics. It opens with “Drone Bomb Me,” sung from the perspective of a […]

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Prince’s Legacy: ‘Set your mind free’

  PRINCE ROGERS NELSON was as loved by fans at the end of his life as at any time of his career. When he took the stage of the 2015 Grammy Awards, even the stars were star-struck. The entire audience leapt to its feet at the sight of him and roared its approval. But the […]

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Short Reviews

This well-researched study of twenty formative years of lesbian community-building in Canada covers a lot of ground. Liz Millward describes the challenges for lesbians in Canada in the 1960s and beyond.

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Musical Inventions

Describing Sondheim as “a classically trained composer who chose the theater over the concert hall and Broadway over the opera house,” Mordden points out classical influences everywhere in the master’s scores

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Sappho Transfigured

IT SEEMS everyone’s boarding the Sappho boat these days, eager to travel with the ancient poet and tell the world who she was. One person well qualified to be Sappho’s herald and interpreter is singer, songwriter, and musician Jeri Hilderley, who pays homage to the poet with a stirring new CD, Time Traveling with Sappho.

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Janis Ian Brings a Lesbian Classic to Life

IT WAS just about fifty years ago that singer–songwriter Janis Ian had her first hit, “Society’s Child” (1967). Nearly a decade later she released “At Seventeen” (1975), which became her signature song. Since then, she has had a multifaceted career as a recording and touring artist, and she is an accomplished writer of essays, science fiction, and an acclaimed autobiography.

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How David Bowie Bent My Gender

  I AWOKE one morning in January to a message from my friend Roy in England that just said, “Sad day for music.” A sense of dread welled up. I know that I am likely to witness the passing of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Patti Smith. What will the world be like without them? […]

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What Ever Became of Lesley Gore?

  You Don’t Own Me by Trevor Tolliver Backbeat Books. 209 pages, $24.99   BORN JUST AFTER World War II, the late Lesley Gore (1946–2015) was, according to her parents, a musical prodigy. They claimed that she could vocally “duplicate the melody of a song” at the age of six months. As a toddler, she […]

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