Drag Combing through the big wigs of show business

Frank DeCaro, 1962-

Book - 2019

"Drag celebrates the fabulous current and historical influence of drag, and its talented and inspiring performers. Since man first walked the Earth...in heels, no other art form has wielded as unique an influence on pop culture as Drag. Drag artists have now sashayed their way to snatch the crowns as the Queens of mainstream entertainment. Through informative and witty essays chronicling over 100 years of drag, readers will embark on a Priscilla-like journey through pop culture, from televi...sion shows like The Milton Berle Show, Bosom Buddies, and RuPaul's Drag Race, films like Some Like It Hot, To Wong Foo..., and Tootsie, and Broadway shows like Hedwig and the Angry Inch, La Cage aux Folles, and Kinky Boots. With stops in cities around the globe, and packed with interviews and commentaries on the dramas, joys, and love that "make-up" a life in wigs and heels, Drag features contributions from today's most groundbreaking and popular artists, including Bianca del Rio, Miss Coco Peru, Hedda Lettuce, Lypsinka, and Varla Jean Merman, as well as notable performers as Harvey Fierstein and Charles Busch. It includes more than 100 photos--many from performers' personal collections, and a comprehensive timeline of drag 'herstory.'" -- Publisher's description

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Subjects
Genres
Comedy films
Published
New York, NY : Rizzoli International Publications, Inc 2019.
Language
English
Physical Description
256 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 27 cm
ISBN
9780847862351
0847862356
Main Author
Frank DeCaro, 1962- (author)
Other Authors
Bruce Vilanch (writer of foreword)
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Sequins older than dirt
  • Chapter 2: Boys will be girls
  • Chapter 3: Broads on the Boards
  • Chapter 4: The three Charles-es
  • Chapter 5: Big screen drag
  • Chapter 6: TV on TV
  • Chapter 7: Pyramid scheme
  • Chapter 8: Sashay your way across the U.S.A.
  • Chapter 9: California girls
  • Chapter 10: You better burp!
  • Chapter 11: Born naked
  • Chapter 12: Eating Cleveland
  • Drag-dendum: But wait, there's more!
  • A select timeline.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

Drag celebrates the fabulous current and historical influence of drag, and its talented and inspiring performers.Since man first walked the Earth...in heels, no other art form has wielded as unique an influence on pop culture as Drag. Drag artists have now sashayed their way to snatch the crowns as the Queens of mainstream entertainment.Through informative and witty essays chronicling over 100 years of drag, readers will embark on a Priscilla-like journey through pop culture, from television shows like The Milton Berle Show, Bosom Buddies, and RuPaul's Drag Race, films like Some Like It Hot, To Wong Foo..., and Tootsie, and Broadway shows like Hedwig and the Angry Inch, La Cage aux Folles, and Kinky Boots.With stops in cities around the globe, and packed with interviews and commentaries on the dramas, joys, and love that "make-up" a life in wigs and heels, Drag features contributions from today's most groundbreaking and popular artists, including Bianca del Rio, Miss Coco Peru, Hedda Lettuce, Lypsinka, and Varla Jean Merman, as well as notable performers as Harvey Fierstein and Charles Busch. It includes more than 100 photos--many from performers' personal collections, and a comprehensive timeline of drag "herstory."