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Glitter and Concrete: A Cultural History of Drag in New York City (Hardcover)

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Elyssa Maxx Goodman has crafted a fascinating love letter to the history of drag as an art form. This book is painstakingly researched and broken down into clear eras that document the phases of developing queer culture in New York City. This is a history written for the drag artists and fans, as well as those who only know of Drag Race and want to learn more. A fantastic, important work!

— Mo


*The Millions Most Anticipated List of 2023*

*A Vogue Best LGBTQ+ Book of 2023*

From journalist and drag historian Elyssa Maxx Goodman, an intimate, evocative history of drag in New York City exploring its dynamic role, from the Jazz Age to Drag Race, in queer liberation and urban life

From the lush feather boas that adorned early female impersonators to the sequined lip syncs of barroom queens to the drag kings that have us laughing in stitches, drag has played a vital role in the creative life of New York City. But the evolution of drag in the city--as an art form, a community and a mode of liberation--has never before been fully chronicled.

Now, for the first time, Elyssa Goodman unearths the dramatic, provocative untold story of drag in New York City in all its glistening glory. Glitter and Concrete ducks beneath the velvet ropes of Harlem Renaissance balls, examines drag's crucial role in the Stonewall Uprising, traces drag's influence on disco and punk rock as well as its unifying power during the AIDS crisis and 9/11, and culminates with the modern-day drag queen in the era of RuPaul's Drag Race.

Including original interviews with high-profile performers, as well as glamorous color photos from exclusive sources and the author herself, Glitter and Concrete is a significant contribution to queer history and an essential read for anyone curious about the story that echoes beneath the heels.

"Deeply researched and featuring a cast of characters who can truly be described as fabulous, Glitter and Concrete is urban history on fire." --Thomas Dyja, author of New York, New York, New York

Product Details
ISBN: 9781335449368
ISBN-10: 1335449361
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Publication Date: September 12th, 2023
Pages: 464
Language: English