dr.a.g. is a coffee table book by bookthefilm published in 2012 showcasing top drag performers.
Author/Editor: Christopher Logan
Publisher: Tectum Publishers
Price: $39.95 USD
The drag coffee table book started out as a fundraiser for independent film production with each performer donating their work, talent, and images for the compilation.
A passage in the book defines the title dr.a.g. as: “[acronym for dressed as girl] from the early days of the theatre when men played both the male and female roles. One was either ‘dressed as a girl’ (dr.a.g.) or ‘dressed as a boy’ (dr.a.b.)”
One of the quotes from the book is “it’s amazing what a man can accomplish…when he’s wearing the right dress.”
I had a difficult time trying to narrow down which pictures I wanted to place here in the post. I managed to pick four, in no particular order:
The first picture is Dixie Longate, above.
The picture makes me smile. Why? I don’t
know. Maybe it’s the Tupperware she’s holding or her bouffant hair, but I like it.
Next up we have Philmah Bocks. I had to pick this photo because she reminded me so much of a character you would find in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Can’t you just see her along side Bernadette, Mitzi and Felicia? Looks like she’d give that Felicia a run for her money. I especially like the tattoo mixed in with the dress and then of course, the hair!
My next choice was that of Marilyn Monroe. I have to admit I stared at this photo far longer than any gay man should but Jimmy James looks AMAZING in this picture.
dr.a.g. devoted the centerfold to Jimmy and his Marilyn. This picture says it all and it’s no wonder they were picked for center stage. Sultry, elegant and classic.
Jimmy has since retired Marilyn and has been working on his successful music career.
The fourth and final picture I chose has to do with two things. The first, Lucille Ball. I love her. And second, the man in the middle is hot. I had no idea who he was until I was inserting the credits. Mike Ruiz is the model as well as the photographer. Job well done ladies and gents. Job well done.
I dubbed this picture The Last Drag Supper. I have no idea what they titled it, but I think it’s a fabulous photo!
I think dr.a.g. is a great book and is full
of wonderful photographs of amazing performers. There is a lot of talent within the pages, more than I can put into this review. What’s even funnier is that I didn’t pay any attention to the performer names but as I was typing, it hit me and I couldn’t stop laughing!
Go to bookthefilm’s website and make the purchase at www.bookthefilm.com for only $39.95 USD.
Cover: Jeffree Star
Photographer: Austin Young