Why Drag?

Why Drag?

Book - 2016
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For over a decade, Magnus Hastings has been photographing the world's greatest drag superstars and asking each of them a simple question: Why drag? The result is this mesmerizing volume in which the queens strut their stuff and reflect on their shared passion through a mixture of quips and philosophizing. Subjects include icons of reality TV and underground drag royalty, and photographs range from the divine to the trashy. Featuring the likes of Bianca Del Rio and Courtney Act, this collection is a beautiful celebration of drag as an art form and an exhilarating exploration of what drag means to its greatest artists.

Publisher: San Francisco :, Chronicle Books,, [2016]
Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 32 cm
ISBN: 9781452148977
Branch Call Number: 791.092 Has
Additional Contributors: Boy George, 1961-


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SnoIsleLib_LeslaW Jun 06, 2017

This gorgeously-shot photography volume is a perfect read for Pride month. Fans of RuPaul's Drag Race will recognize many of their favorite queens, but Hastings also features a great diversity of artists and drag styles. The book does an amazing job of exploring these larger-than-life performers' passion, inspiration and stories in their own words. Whether you're a long-time drag afficionado or a recent convert, Why Drag? is a fascinating and worthwhile look into the real people behind this subversive and beautiful performance art.

SnoIsleLib_KaleyC Dec 29, 2016

Absolutely stunning photo essay of well-known drag queens. Magnus Hastings not only shoots their portraits, but asks each Queen, "Why drag?" and records their answers that range from how they got started, what keeps them going, and their views on gender.

Aug 23, 2016

The photos are gorgeous, but the text is...pretentious at best.


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Jan 07, 2017

Why Drag?
"Creating chaos for a better tomorrow.
Warping the mind of reality and pissing on sadness.
Being a kaleidoscope of unusual attraction.
Questioning my existence in a world full of monkeys.
That's all we are after all, animals fighting to stay alive...Drag or Die."
--"Porcelain" from San Francisco

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