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Homomusical Communities

Judith A. Peraino

in Listening to the Sirens

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780520215870
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520921740 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520215870.003.0005
Homomusical Communities

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The chapter explores the role of discs and tapes in constructing, transforming, and organizing queer identities during the 1970s, focusing on two recorded repertories that are women's music produced by lesbian feminists, and disco music produced by gay men. It highlights what the recordings are saying, as well as what the discussions about the recordings say. Lesbian-feminist, gay, and even mainstream newspapers and magazines reveal an intense debate surrounding these recorded repertories; a debate about the public image of lesbians and gays and their community, about constructions of same-sex desire, and about the public consumption of those constructions. It was also a debate that took place separately, within the different homosocial communities, but which nevertheless similarly concerned race, class, and gender.

Keywords: homomusical communities; organizing queer identities; lesbian feminists; gay men; same-sex desire

Chapter.  20120 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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