There's a scene in the seminal rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch in which Hedwig, as a young boy growing up in East Berlin, shows how he used to lie with his head in the oven, listening to Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, and David Bowie on the American Armed Forces Radio. Living in a tiny apartment with a grouchy mother, Hedwig and the radio just had nowhere else to go.
It's a poignant display of the lengths that some will go to absorb the music that speaks to them. And that's partly what John Cameron Mitchell's story is about: Sometimes you like music so much, you put yourself through all kinds of discomfort just to get to it.
Luckily, there won't be much discomfort required to absorb the songs chosen by Mitchell himself when he comes to DJ this Sunday in S.F.