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The insignificance of David Bowie: Latin America’s refusal of a “world icon”

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posted on 18.06.2019, 08:21 by Jorge Saavedra Utman, Toby Miller
David Bowie doesn’t matter very much. That seems like a bizarre remark, particularly in a special issue dedicated to the opposite view. But in Latin America, he is of minimal importance by contrast with other prominent English-language pop-music exports that journal readers will know, such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Smiths or The Cure. How can this be true of an artist who is routinely labelled a world icon? Our paper identifies several reasons: nation-building and rock music’s first steps in Latin America, progressive cultural politics, conservative gender norms and a continent dominated by dictatorships when Bowie was becoming a putative ‘world icon’

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  • Loughborough University London

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Continuum

Volume

31

Issue

4

Pages

509 - 518

Citation

SAAVEDRA UTMAN, J. and MILLER, T., 2017. The insignificance of David Bowie: Latin America’s refusal of a “world icon”. Continuum, 31(4), pp. 509 - 518.

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© Taylor and Francis

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2017-07-10

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This paper is in closed access.

ISSN

1030-4312

eISSN

1469-3666

Language

en

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