“This Charming Man”: Queer and Alternative Masculinities, 1970–1994

  • Kenneth L. Shonk
  • Daniel Robert McClureEmail author
Part of the Pop Music, Culture and Identity book series (PMCI)


This chapter utilizes various forms of alternative music to reveal a multi-faceted critique of post-war western masculinity. Artists ranging from David Bowie, to Devo, to Pansy Division, to Pearly Jam, among others, offered performative forms of masculinity that challenged or undermined the general concept of what it meant to be a man in the late twentieth century. In turn, this chapter utilizes queer and masculine theory to demonstrate how alternative artists helped to forge a fluid masculinity that defied traditional gender constructs.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Wisconsin–La CrosseLa CrosseUSA
  2. 2.Chapman UniversityOrangeUSA

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