All the Young Dudes: Why Glam Rock Matters by Mark Dery“All the Young Dudes,” glam rock’s rallying cry, turned 40 last year. David Bowie wrote it, but Mott the Hoople owned it: their version was, and will ever remain, glam’s anthem, a hymn of exuberant disenchantment that also happens to be one of rock’s all-time irresistible sing-alongs.
Bowie, glam, and “All the Young Dudes” are inseparable in the public mind, summoning memories of a subculture dismissed as apolitical escapism, a glitter bomb of fashion and attitude that briefly relieved the malaise of the ‘70s.
Now, cultural critic Mark Dery gives the movement its due in an 8,000-word exploration of glam as rebellion through style. As polymorphously perverse as the subculture it explores, “All the Young Dudes: Why Glam Matters” is equal parts fan letter, visual-culture criticism, queer theory, and true confession.
In bravura style, Dery teases out lines of connection between glam, the socioeconomic backdrop of the ‘70s, Oscar Wilde as a late-Victorian Ziggy Stardust, the etymology and queer subtext of the slang term “dude,” the associative links between the ‘20s-style cover of the Mott album on which “Dudes” appeared and the coded homoeroticism of the ‘20s magazine illustrator J.C. Leyendecker (considered in the context of the 1970s fad for all things 1920s), and Dery’s own memories of growing up glam in ‘70s San Diego, where coming out as a Bowie fan---even for straight kids---was an invitation to bullying.
Glam emboldened kids in America and England to dream of a world beyond suburbia’s oppressive notions of normalcy, Dery argues, a world conjured up in pop songs full of Wildean irony and Aestheticism and jaw-dropping fashion statements to match. More important, glam drew inspiration from feminism and gay liberation to articulate a radical critique of mainstream manhood---a pomosexual vision of masculinity whose promise remains only partly fulfilled, even now.
What is the meaning of "All the Young Dudes"?
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The, "All the young dudes carry the news" line refers to part of Bowie's story where there is no electricity, and Ziggy Stardust uses songs to spread the news.
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David Bowie - All the Young Dudes (Live at the Isle of Wight)
Just at the moment Mott the Hoople were calling it a day, David Bowie swooped in and convinced them to stick around. Bowie spearheaded an image makeover, urging them to glam themselves up. He gave them a surefire hit with "All the Young Dudes," had them cover his idol's "Sweet Jane," and produced All the Young Dudes , the album that was designed to make them stars. Lo and behold, it did, which is as much a testament to Bowie 's popularity as it is to his studio skill. Not to discount his assistance, since his production results in one of the most satisfying glam records and the title track is one of the all-time great rock songs, but the album wouldn't have worked if Mott hadn't already found its voice on Brain Capers. True, Dudes isn't nearly as wild as its predecessor, but the band's swagger is unmistakable underneath the flair and Ian Hunter remains on a songwriting roll, with "Momma's Little Jewel," "Sucker," and "One of the Boys" standing among his best.
With the sad passing of Mott drummer Dale Griffin earlier this week, here's the story of how long time fan David Bowie gave the band one of his best songs - just so they wouldn't split up. They were the stack heeled rockers who epitomised the '70s with their song All The Young Dudes. Their biggest chart success Mott the Hoople ever had, the tune was written by the late David Bowie , who'd donated it to the band to stop them from splitting up. But the track, which helped make them a household name, would also become the very thing that tore them apart. Luckily, not long after that in , success finally came knocking, with long-time Mott fan David Bowie offering them the track Suffragette City from his then still-to-be-released Ziggy Stardust album. But when they turned it down he wrote them All the Young Dudes instead in an attempt to stop them from packing it in. We'd never met him before but he just had this unmistakable star quality about him.