Posted in movies | music on April 30, 2014

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Known as the first openly gay rock star, Jobriath's reign was brief, lasting less than two years and two albums. Done in by a over-hyped publicity machine, shunned by the gay community, and dismissed by most critics as all flash, no substance, Jobriath was excommunicated from the music business and retreated to the Chelsea Hotel, where he died forgotten in 1983 at the age of 37, one of the earliest casualties of AIDS. However, in the years since his death, new generations of fans have discovered his music through acts as diverse as The Pet Shop Boys, Gary Numan, Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, and Morrissey, all of whom have cited Jobriath as an influence. Through interviews, archival material and animation, experience the heartbreaking, unbelievable story of the one, the only, Jobriath.
Rock documentary Jobriath A.D. takes an in-depth look at the cult singer's life and death. The film will be screening at Brooklyn's ReRun Theater from May 2 - 8. Tickets are on sale now. For those not in NYC, the film can also be watched on-demand from a variety of sources. Trailer below.

If you're unfamiliar with Jobriath's brand of glam, you listen to his records via Spotify and stream a few cuts (and TV appearances) below.

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Jobriath A.D. - trailer

Jobriath - "Rock of Ages"

Jobriath - "I'maman"

Jobriath - Take Me I'm Yours

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Comments (11)

Joe Elliott is gay?

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 3:54 PM

Lando died when this movie came out.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 3:57 PM

Both Jobriath records are on Spotify if you want to check em out. Excellent 70's glam in the vain of Bolan/Bowie.

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 4:07 PM

So, does everyone who is gay get a book or article or even a movie mad about them being a hero? Zzz

Posted by Anonymous | April 30, 2014 9:16 PM

Right now, you’re probably feeling a little bit cheated. “Who the hell is Jobriath,” you’re probably asking. “Is this a trick? Is this some obscure indie artist who David Thorpe just happens to hate?” No, actually, Jobriath made quite a major bid for mainstream success. Back in 1973, Jobriath was the most hyped new act around. He was going to be the American David Bowie, a flamboyant glam-rock mystery man who would change the way we saw rock and roll and sexuality. There was a huge billboard of a sultry, lounging Jobriath in Times Square. He was signed to Elektra with a major contract. His album was produced by mega-producer Eddie Kramer, famous for his engineering and production work with The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Jimi Hendrix. The album included studio players like Peter Frampton and John Paul Jones. Full-page ads appeared in every major magazine. Jobriath would be huge. His live debut was to be a lavish concept show at the Paris Opera House, expected to cost two hundred grand; in the show, he would be dressed as King Kong, and would ascend a gigantic glass sculpture of the Empire State Building, which would, as he reached the top, transform into an erupting phallus; he would transform into Marlene Dietrich. No, I am not kidding. However, it never happened. The album was a flop, most likely because it was absolutely god-awful: when I had Zack "GeistEditor" Parsons give a listen to it, he described the discrepancy between its lavish production and awful content as being "like a statue of a retard carved out of white gold." The Paris show, and the subsequent opera-house tour, was called off. Copies of the album, “Jobriath,” are difficult to find nowadays. Jobriath was abandoned, and lived the rest of his days in, according to one article I read, a “pyramid-shaped triplex on the roof of New York's Chelsea Hotel.” He later resurfaced as a lounge singer, and unfortunately died of AIDS in 1983. Aside from the fact that his talent was minimal and his record was pretty much terrible, I have few bad things to say about Jobriath. He tops this list because he is the ultimate example of rock gone wrong. He has not even been granted the status of a cult hero or a mistreated underdog, despite being one of the first openly gay American rock singers. He is almost totally forgotten, despite being so ridiculously ambitious and overhyped. As far as I can tell, there has never been a more spectacular failure in the history of rock and roll. His failure was so overwhelming and complete that, unless you’re old and have a long memory or are a true aficionado of rock lore, this paragraph is most likely the first and last time you’ll ever hear of Jobriath.

Lowest Point – In 1992, the aforementioned mopester Morrissey tried to secure Jobriath as an opening act, being unaware of his death.

Mitigating Factor – At least he’s not still making terrible records.

Posted by Dr, David Thorpe | April 30, 2014 10:27 PM

Did Shepard "Fairy" do this poster?

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2014 9:51 AM

Saddest part (of 10:27 post) - he actually sat down and wrote all of that out, and not a single person will ever read it all the way through :-( whomp whaaa

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2014 10:11 AM

more than likely it's copied and pasted from somewhere else

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2014 11:35 AM

How can someone who nobody has heard of be labeled a "rock star". I guess that make Kim Kardasian a "film star".

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2014 12:48 PM

Keith Richards = rock star
Jobriath = dead fag

Posted by Anonymous | May 1, 2014 12:50 PM

Maybe the illiterate amongst us or those who's idea of a good read is picking up a junk mail pamphlet might not give a post with more than one paragraph a read there are some people who have read the post above and enjoyed the content so don't generalise equally 'whomp whaaa' is not English language or at least it wasn't last time I looked. I can wholeheartedly recommend this Jobriath documentary after seeing it in London a few years ago.

Posted by Marc Massive | May 2, 2014 10:33 PM

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