Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Lonely Planet Boy 

Wednesday, Jan 22 2014
Comments

The latest in a string of great music documentaries about underappreciated artists, Jobriath A.D. is hands down the most heartbreaking and dazzling. Unlike the subjects of A Band Called Death or Anvil!, our prima donna got his big break. In fact, weeks before Jobriath's debut dropped, his smooth-chested visage towered over Times Square. He was pitched as "The True Fairy of Rock & Roll," more Bowie than Bowie, in every major mag; his first tour was to include a replica of the Empire State Building which morphed into giant phallus that Jobriath could climb as Fay Wray. It proved to be too much, even for the '70s. Some blame horrible mismanagement and the grotesqueries of hype; others blame sexual discrimination — in truth, even the gay community derided Jobriath, the first openly gay pop star, as a joke rather than an icon — but only the head of Elektra blames the music. These smart, beautiful pop songs, first rereleased by Morrissey in 2004, are haunting. Morrissey does not appear in the film, but plenty of superfans do, including Soft Cell's Marc Almond, Def Leppard's Joe Elliott, and Magnetic Fields' Stephen Merritt. Sadly, Jobriath, himself, is but a glittering specter — he died, alone (and unnoticed for four days) at the age of 36.


Tue., Feb. 4, 7 & 9:15 p.m., 2014

About The Author

Silke Tudor

Related Locations

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Slideshows

  • Third Eye Blind @ The Masonic
    Third Eye Blind performed on Sunday, July 26 at The Masonic to a sold out show with the support of Dashboard Confessional & Ex-Cops. Photographs by Christopher Victorio.
  • Morrissey @ San Jose Events Center
    The last stop for Morrissey serenaded the sold out crowd during his only Northern California date on Saturday, July 25 at the San Jose Events Center. Photographs by Christopher Victorio.

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed