Boy George's 1970s Save Me From Suburbia

British pop star Boy George recalls, revis­its and assesses how the 1970's moul­ded the per­son and artist he has become. This is his music­al, social and sexu­al com­ing of age, when he dis­covered the power of his own sexu­al­ity before set­ting about turn­ing that per­sona into a pop­star. Set against a back­drop of social dis­cord, dis­en­fran­chise­ment and sexu­al repres­sion, the sev­en­ties was also con­versely the dec­ade that rev­elled in col­our and cre­at­ive chaos, giv­ing the world glam rock, disco and punk, and the young George O'Dowd was at the birth of them all. The doc­u­ment­ary includes con­tri­bu­tions from con­tem­por­ar­ies like Martin Degville (Sigue Sigue Sputnik), Andy Polaris (Animal Nightlife), DJ Princess Julia and pop­star Marilyn. This is, as George said, 'the last ever bonkers dec­ade', and it totally and com­pletely shaped him.

Boy George says: 'I think of the 70's as being this glor­i­ous dec­ade where I dis­covered who I was and dis­covered all these amaz­ing things – punk rock, elec­tro music, fash­ion, all of that. And yeah of course there was that dark side to the 70's, the rub­bish, the strikes, the poverty, and I'd get chased and con­fron­ted for the way I looked. But I was a teen­ager. I didn't have any time for misery. I was just hav­ing a great time with my friends!'.

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