Rock music, and consequently, popular music, plays a significant role in the LGBT community. In many ways, the LGBT community can even be credited with architecting the phenomenal movement that this rock music. The roster of iconic LGBT figures in the rock community is endless, with these icons often working to ensure that a stamp of themselves and their community is left to the materials they produce. Iconic rockers have added a fresh and LGBT-like aesthetic to the music they produce, which has helped to fight the misconstructions that cause the development of oppressive social norms.
See, rock music is a perfect ground to release the innermost expressions of artistic vision and individuality, as seen in countless rock stars who have lived comic book like characters not just on stage, in the personal lives, or in their music, but in their everyday lives.
This is why rock music, comic books, and the LGBT community have a common thread that unites them, and seemingly fights the norms that have been ingrained in our culture as a whole.
Without much further ado, let’s take a look at 5 iconic LGBT Figures in rock and pop music, and get those Spotify playlists rolling. So put your headphones on (or get them at iThingum), take them anywhere you go, and listen to an aural orgasmic experience of epic proportions.
If you scour the internet for stories about Janis Joplin, you will soon discover that the icon was known for a few things; her enormous appetite for sex, with both men and women, drugs and alcohol. Friends and acquaintances of the legend have confirmed that the revered blues-rock singer had strings of relationships with women such as Peggy Casserta. Unfortunately, Janis passed away from a heroin overdose in 1971.
Dave Davis was one of the members of the band The Kinks. In the band, he was mainly on the guitar but he would also participate as a background singer. The band was started as a collaboration between his brother Ray and another friend known as Pete. His band successfully released albums all through the 80s, however, the band disbanded to pursue solo careers.
Ziggy Stardust himself in the flesh – and the man that almost singlehandedly changed rock music, and served as its master mind for decades until his untimely passing in 2016. David Bowie is one of those musicians that are famed for defining an era in music. Bowie rose to fame as a result of the 1969 hit Space Oddity. Bowie was famed for his flamboyant and sometimes androgynous personas, as well as for his unique taste and style in music. In the 70s, he and his wife admitted to both being bisexuals, which helped closeted people to be more willing and open to come out.
Well known for her hit song Chandelier, Australian artist Sia is one of the most successful artists today. She has helped to shape contemporary music by creating unique and expressive songs. Aside from collaborating with thousands of similarly successful artists, she has also written for superstars such as Rihanna (Diamonds) and Beyonce (Pretty Hurts).
Sam Smith started off his career like many other artists; he was new to the scene and was relatively unknown. However, his amazing voice and incredible falsetto soon became a regular in the airwaves. The openly gay musician has won numerous awards and is critically acclaimed in the music scene.