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Classic Rock feature on the birth of Glam Rock

 
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31 DECEMBER 2014

Classic Rock feature on the birth of Glam Rock

“And so the story goes, they wore the clothes“

The February 2015 issue of Classic Rock magazine has a six page feature by Rob Hughes debating the birth of Glam Rock.
Rob is among those that would argue David invented the genre during his performances at the Roundhouse with The Hype in February/March 1970 as the colourfully clad Rainbow Man, dressed in blue cape, silver jacket, spangly tights and thigh-length boots.
The rest of the band adopted the superhero theme with Mick Ronson borrowing a suit of David’s to appear as the not overly convincing Gangster Man. Drummer John Cambridge was possibly the least committed in hat and tassel-sleeved jacket as Cowboy Man. And Tony Visconti could easily have been committed, dressed as Hype Man...you’ve seen the pictures!
If stories are to be believed, Cambridge (who had travelled to the gig ’in character’), apparently had the last laugh when the band had to return home in their stage wear after their civvies were stolen from the dressing room while they were onstage!
By all accounts one person glued to the front of the stage during the flamboyantly dressed Hype’s set, was a very impressed Marc Bolan looking for a new angle himself. Perhaps he found one that night.
The Classic Rock piece is a good article, but the Glam Rock crown is one that many have attempted to gift either Bowie or Bolan, depending on their definition of Glam Rock.
In a December 1998 DavidBowie.com/BowieNet web chat with Bowie and Visconti, photographer Mick Rock proffered this theory: “Marc Bolan was Glitter Rock. David Bowie was Glam. It's a subtle difference, but a definite difference.“.
However, it seems it’s not an accolade Bowie is particularly bothered about either way. During the same web chat, David himself suggested another possible contender thus: “Wee Willie Harris started Glam. And I'm not joking.“.
It’s true that the diminutive Harris was the first Rock ’n’ Roller to dye his hair anything other than black. See the evidence for yourself in the colour photos from 1958 on this NPG page.
The February 2015 issue of Classic Rock is out now.

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