Are Jazz And Gay Culture Antithetical?
When an American friend of mine told me recently that gay men hate jazz, although that's not my experience in my part of the world, it got me thinking. But the article I found, by Francis Davis, only added to the mystery. Is the audience for Jazz overwhelmingly and creepily white, bourgeois, straight, macho and middle-aged (which, embarrassingly, just about describes this Jazz fan...
)? If it is, why the hell is it? Why are there so few outed gay Afro-American musicians
, for instance? Is there still a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell
" mentality? Or, more interestingly, does it have something to do with Jazz itself? Or even being gay? And what about the other musical stereotypes
(Garland, Streisand et al.) used in caricatures of gay men? Is there anything in them? [NYT reg. required for main link; atrocious text garbling in the second.
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Feb 22, 2003 -