24 Dec 2005, 20:19
I'd like to throw in a few thoughts here in my capacity as someone who can actually remember experiencing the Glam period from the early 70's at first hand. Incidentally, I live in the UK, so I can't speak for anywhere else.
To set the scene, this was long before satellite TV, videotape, pop videos, DVD's or the Internet. Cassette recorders were the ipods of the 70's, with tracks recorded from radio or records. Now it might seem obvious, but the most significant feature of Glam, was the VISUAL appearance of the artists. There was a lot of competition to "outdo" each other by wearing more and more outrageous costumes and make-up. Gradually platform boots, pink satin trousers, glitzy sequinned jackets and liberal sprinklings of glitter everywhere became (almost) normal. A watered-down version of this image even became fashionable (?) on the high street. I recall many mentions of injuries caused by platform soled shoes. I believe they were banned in my own school for that reason.