Re-Evaluating Jobriath, The World’s First Openly Gay Rock Star

If you’re unaware of Jobriath, take a read through this article at The Awl:

Jobriath was born Bruce Wayne Campbell on a military base in King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania in 1946, seventeen years before anyone thought the town would play home to the Country’s Largest Shopping Mall. Before he would die of HIV in 1983, relatively unknown and uneulogized, he would be a child prodigy pianist, a California prostitute, a member of Hair‘s Los Angeles ensemble, the first big-league openly gay rock musician, a tragic lounge singer, and briefly, with rock Svengali Jerry Brandt at the controls, a kind of spectacular firecracker flash in the pan of rock and roll history.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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