Shaking the Closet: Analyzing Johnny Mathis's Sexual Elusiveness, 1956–82

@article{Stephens2010ShakingTC,
  title={Shaking the Closet: Analyzing Johnny Mathis's Sexual Elusiveness, 1956–82},
  author={Vincent L. Stephens},
  journal={Popular Music and Society},
  year={2010},
  volume={33},
  pages={597 - 623}
}
In 1982 Johnny Mathis inadvertently revealed his homosexuality during what he thought was an off-the-record interview. The notion that Mathis was sexually “closeted” is insufficient for understanding his career. Mathis, who debuted in 1956, authored a sexually elusive persona that relied strategically on a non-threatening sexual image to curb the “threat” he posed to white audiences. He also conveyed an ambiguous sexual romanticism with room for heterosexual and homosexual audiences to project… Expand
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