Jazz and Gay Culture

Are Jazz And Gay Culture Antithetical? When an American friend of mine told me recently that gay men hate jazz, although that’s not my experience in my part of the world, it got me thinking. But the article I found, by Francis Davis, only added to the mystery. Is the audience for Jazz overwhelmingly and creepily white, bourgeois, straight, macho and middle-aged (which, embarrassingly, just about describes this Jazz fan…)? If it is, why the hell is it? Why are there so few outed gay Afro-American musicians, for instance? Is there still a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” mentality? Or, more interestingly, does it have something to do with Jazz itself? Or even being gay? And what about the other musical stereotypes (Garland, Streisand et al.) used in caricatures of gay men? Is there anything in them? [NYT reg. required for main link; atrocious text garbling in the second.] [metafilter.com]

4 responses to “Jazz and Gay Culture

  1. non related to this article…but what about Xbench output result of your 12" powerbook?

  2. I posted the xbench results at MacMegasite:

    * 12" PowerBook G4: 60.62
    * G4/500 AGP Minitower: 46.06
    * iBook (Dual USB) 500 MHz: 28.59

  3. Thanks for showing.

  4. So I tested it to:

    On my iMac G4 800Mhz FP 15" 256 60GB

    no apps open 69.07

    met 4 apps open 50.93

    (i'm always running Skins)