''Glamazons' of Pop: The Enigma of the Female Military-Styled Pop Star: Kate Bush and Madonna

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Female pop stars adopting a military look transform themselves by taking on archetypically male qualities, while at the same time assuming these same qualities for reasons by turns ironical, aggressive and 'caring.' But if there is an essential difference between the military look of the female pop star and that of the male, what does it consist in? In this brief review of pop 'glamazons,' I deal mainly with Kate Bush and Madonna. Both pushed boundaries in mainstream popular music by their lyrics and imagery. Art pop star Kate Bush has performed as a gun-slinging space cowgirl on the 'Tour of Life' (1979), engaged in field combat in 'Army Dreamers' and figured as an archetypal female warrior in 'Babooshka' (both: 1980). Pop rock star Madonna appeared smartly in a military greatcoat with epaulettes and big, brassy buttons in 'The Girlie Show' (1993), but had to pull her 'American Life' anti-war fashion statement (2003), while returning to military style on her 'Re-Invention tour' (2004). Paradoxes in the military-styled performances of both women are touched on; especially intriguing is that of a red, white and blue bikini-clad, caped and combat-booted Madonna, in her 'Rock the Vote' TV-spot (1990). In comparing Kate Bush and Madonna, I consider what their military look consisted in - including historical and mythological connotations, and whether the object was aesthetic or political, as well as how it could relate to what is being expressed in the lyrics. Were there common motives behind Kate's and Madonna's military looks?
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelFashion-Wise
RedaktørerMaria Vaccarella, Jacque Lynn Foltyn
Antal sider12
Udgivelses stedOxford
ForlagInter-Disciplinary Press
Publikationsdato2013
UdgaveeBook
Sider79-90
ISBN (Trykt)978-1-84888-160-0
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-1-84888-160-0
StatusUdgivet - 2013
NavnCritical Issues Series 'Ethos'

Bibliografisk note

First published in the United Kingdom in eBook format in 2013. First edition.

    Forskningsområder

  • Det Humanistiske Fakultet - Fashion, Politics, Ideology, Style, Fashion-as-performance, Gender, Sexuality, Fashion icons, Fashion-and-music, Cultural studies, Kate Bush, Madonna, Archetypes (female)

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