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Justin Smallbridge: Radio, Records, and England

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 13, 2013 by segarini

justin_Smallbridge_headshot_01In 1975, my radio listening was shifting from CHLO and the AM stations. I was being influenced by the pronouncements Bowie with Saxof my peers. It never occurred to me at the time that they didn’t know anything more than I did. They seemed so sure . . . like a grammar school friend who, in 9th grade, dismissed David Bowie and everything he’d done because his older sisters had told him Bowie was gay. Because this friend of mine was to play the saxophone, and — as was a lot more common in southwestern Ontario and other places in 1975 — he was proudly homophobic, he was outraged that Bowie was depicted with a sax on the cover of Pin-Ups. I still liked Bowie. I just didn’t mention that to the guy who hated him.

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