Cole Porter

Cole Porter in 1934

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Cole Porter on Gay for Today and Who’s Who in Gay and Lesbian history

“In 1934, Porter began a long association with Hollywood, with The Gay Divorcée and Anything Goes (1936) and original film scores for Born to Dance (1936), Rosalie (1937) and Broadway Melody of 1940 (1939). Luxuriating in the film capital’s lifestyle, Porter took over Hollywood’s gay set with flamboyant nightclubbing and lavish, often orgiastic, pool parties, which nearly ruined his marriage.”

“In addition to the pervasive gay subtext and risqué innuendo in his lyrics (‘Find Me a Primitive Man’, ‘Love for Sale’, ‘I’m a Gigolo’, ‘Anything Goes’), which often were challenged by censors, Porter’s music is replete with contagious and erotic rhythms. His songs reveal a desperate need for love tempered by the constant fear of inconstancy and solitude (‘In the roaring traffic’s boom/In the silence of my lonely room/I think of you/Night and Day’). His deceivingly simple melodies convey the most complex of human emotions and relationships while sparkling with wit, grace and the blasé air of the sophisticate. Writer and critic Ethan Mordden has linked the voice in many Porter songs to the composer’s artistic stance as a ‘smart yet alienated commentator’, an appropriate description for a genius who remained an avid yet publicly closeted homosexual.”

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