An event with

Jon Savage in conversation with Michael Bracewell

The Secret Public

Thursday 1st August 2024 at 7:00pm

Daunt Books Marylebone

Tickets £10.00


We are thrilled to be joined by the legendary author, broadcaster and music journalist Jon Savage to discuss his new book The Secret Public: How LGBTQ Resistance Shaped Popular Culture (1955-1979).

Best known for his definitive history of the Sex Pistols and punk music, England’s Dreaming, Savage is an authority on music and popular culture. The Secret Public is an electrifying look at key moments in music and entertainment history between 1955 and 1979, which helped move gay culture from the margins to the mainstream and changed the face of pop forever – from the ambiguous sexuality of stars such as Little Richard in the 1950s through to David Bowie, glam rock and Sylvester’s ‘You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)’.

The Secret Public is a searching examination of the fortitude and resilience of the gay community through the lens of popular music and culture; it reflects on the freedom found in divergence from the norm and reminds us of the need to be vigilant against those seeking to roll back the rights of marginalised groups.

Joining Savage in conversation is the wonderful Michael Bracewell, fellow authority on popular culture and music, author of the magnificent non-fiction books Re-Make, Re-Model and Souvenir. His latest novel Unfinished Business remains a firm favourite of Daunt Books, and this is sure to be a fascinating conversation between two leading cultural commentators.


Ticket price includes a glass of wine or a soft drink.

Event Details

Thursday 1st August 2024 Event starts at 7:00pm

Venue address:

Daunt Books Marylebone
83-84 Marylebone High Street,
London W1U 4QW

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