Martin Aston, author of Breaking Down the Walls of Heartache, sat down to discuss the book with BBC World Service Newshour. 


 

Onstage and Backstage

 

About the Book

Breaking Down the Walls of Heartache is not only the first book to tell the story of how music “came out” but to the first to shed light on these hidden pioneers alongside their famous counterparts.

Author Mark Aston's ambitious and comprehensive narrative unfolds over a hundred years, against a backdrop of social and political shifts, as gay liberation transmuted into LGBTQ rights, pushing for visibility and equality, from 1920s liberalism through to the closet of postwar years, the eventual breakthroughs of the '60s, the permissive '70s, the mainstream invasion and AIDS crisis of the '80s, and the advances of the '90s and noughties. Aston also documents the retrogressive steps in Russia and parts of Africa, where songs bravely encapsulating the LGBTQ experience signify how the journey from illegality and bigotry to freedom is far from over.

About the Author

MARK ASTON (London, England) has written about popular music for over 30 years. He has contributed to numerous publications, including MOJOQGuardian, the Times (London), AttitudeRadio TimesSpin, and BBC Music, covering TV, film, and LGBT culture. He is the author of three books: Pulp (1995), Björkgraphy (1996), and, most recently, Facing the Other Way: The Story of 4AD. Compiled from 120 new interviews, it was voted a Book of the Year in 2013 by NMETimes Literary SupplementSpinDaily Telegraph, and Rough Trade Shops.

About BBC World Service Newshour 

Interviews, news and analysis of the day's global events.

About this Podcast
A performing arts podcast, Onstage and Backstage features authors who write about theatre, music, film, or television with guests of their choice. This podcast is brought to you by Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. All books can be found at halleonardbooks.com, Amazon, B&N, and independent bookstores.

           

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