Gary Glitter in the heyday of his careerGlam rock (from the English Glam rock, which in turn comes from glamorous – “spectacular”) is a genre of rock music that arose in the UK in the early 1970s and became one of the dominant styles of the first half of that decades. He enjoyed extraordinary success with rock fans.
Glam rock performers had a bright, catchy look, embodied for the most part through the theatrical performance of very strange and even eccentric costumes, the abundant use of makeup, androgynous look.
Musically, glam rock was heterogeneous, combining rock and roll, hard rock, art rock and pop music. Elements of the image of glam rock had a significant impact on disco, punk and the new wave. Continue reading