Remembering Stonewall

Stonewall Uprising
On June 28, 1969, the Stonewall Uprising began, setting off social change, and giving us vital music. Image: Getty

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, the landmark uprising that gave birth to the Gay Rights Movement. This week on Music 101, we explore how that uprising by remembering Stonewall through music.

Beginning on June 28, 1969, the Stonewall Uprising took place across six days in the West Village of Manhattan. Now considered one of the transformative events in the fight for equality, Stonewall inspired a generation, including influential musicians who longed to contribute music known as “Songs Of The Stonewall.

The musicians featured in Music 101 this week come from just after the Uprising, and those inspired by the lasting impact of those fateful days in New York.

For more information on contributing support to the Stonewall Uprising, visit the Stonewall Veterans’ Association.

Songs featured in this week’s episode

Nilsson | “Everybody’s Talking”
David Bowie | “John, I’m Only Dancing”
Lou Reed |  “Walk On The Wild Side”
Donna Summer |  “I Feel Love”
Tim Curry |  “Sweet Transvestite”
Jobriath | “Rock Of Ages”
Tom Robinson Band |  “2-4-6-8 Motorway”
Pete Shelley |  “Homosapien”
Bronski Beat |  “Smalltown Boy”

To listen to last week’s Music 101, head here