glitter rock


: rock music characterized by performers wearing fanciful costumes and flamboyant makeup : glam rock
When the English pop star Leo Sayer first performed in this country in the mid-1970's, he wore Pierrot makeup and played the role of a sad clown. It was the age of glitter rock, and performers like Elton John and David Bowie were enjoying great success mixing rock with English music-hall theatricality.Stephen Holden

Examples of glitter rock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the first two decades of his career, Alice Cooper seamlessly transitioned from glitter rock to arena rock, New Wave, and even hair metal. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 23 Sep. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1972, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of glitter rock was in 1972

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“Glitter rock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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