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

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Hanover Square Press
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6.31 X 9.25 X 1.32 inches | 1.22 pounds

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About the Author
Elyssa Goodman is a writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture. Her work has been published in Vogue, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Vanity Fair, and others online and in print. Elyssa has also written about LGBTQ+ history and culture for Conde Nast's them, where she was the site's "Drag Herstory" and Queer Women's History columnist. She has been a freelance writer for 19 years and in love with drag for 27 years, since the age of seven.
"As drag's enemies attempt to eradicate it from public life, we'd do well to learn from its underground roots. Now more than ever, we need the stories of the artform's ancestresses. Glitter and Concrete provides a thorough and accessible introduction to this ancient tradition of resilience, resistance and divine shapeshifting."--Devin Antheus, co-author of Legends of Drag

"Glitter and Concrete is precise and comprehensive and beautifully written. It brings to life the whole long tragic-comic history of drag in New York. As a gay New Yorker I learned as much as I relived. It is indispensable!"--Edmund White

"Fascinating and delightful. Elyssa Maxx Goodman has written a comprehensive, thoughtful, yet thoroughly entertaining history of drag as experienced in New York from the Gilded Age to today."--Paulina Bren, bestselling author of The Barbizon

"Glamor. Survival. Performance. Community--That's drag... and that's New York. And that's why this remarkable book is so important. Elyssa Goodman takes us all the way to the 19th century and back to explore and explain the special role drag has played in making New York the place where the world comes to truly be itself. 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: Four Decades of Success, Excess, and Transformation

"Glitter and Concrete is so much more than a simple deep dive into the glamorously complex world of drag in New York City; it stands as a testament to the art form's roots of revolution and protest. Combining exhaustive research and razor-sharp prose, Elyssa Maxx Goodman pays homage to drag's vitally important, necessary role in the larger American consciousness and of its refusal to be culturally exorcised. I loved every minute of this dazzling book."--Alex Espinoza, author of Cruising: An Intimate History of a Radical Pastime

"Hey babes, take a read on the wild sides, past and present, of NYC's prismatic drag scenes."--Joe E. Jeffreys, Drag Historian

"The drag history book we've all been waiting for. Goodman tracks the history of drag in New York City from the Jazz Age to the age of RuPaul winning Emmys. Fans of Paris is Burning will get the spiritual follow-up to the seminal documentary. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn more about queer history."--Debutiful

"Every lawmaker who wants to ban drag should read this history... Convincing and heartwarming."--Washington Post

"[T]here's possibly never been a better time for Goodman's highly researched history of drag as a vital form of self-expression for the expansive LGBTQ+ community in New York City."--Vogue

"A cultural history of the art form's groundbreaking impact in New York City."--Elle

"Filled with vibrant character portraits and lesser-known histories, this is a comprehensive guide to New York's long tradition of drag performance and queer activism."--Publishers Weekly STARRED review

"Throughout this lively and celebratory book, Goodman portrays the dynamic forces of a fearless community bound by their love of performance and using 'glamour as a potent force of resistance.' An essential addition to the literature of both drag and queer history."--Kirkus STARRED review

"Goodman parlays her ardor for drag into a uniquely comprehensive, vibrant, and eye-opening history of the art form in New York City. ... Richly enlightening, enthralling, and invaluable."--Booklist STARRED review

"[Goodman's] reverence for the art form shows in her deeply thorough history of NYC's drag scene...vital."--Library Journal STARRED review

"Elyssa Goodman has achieved the near impossible; a history of drag that is as entertaining as it is comprehensive. From Eltinge to RuPaul, all of the great personalities with their triumphs and tragedies are woven into a vivid and vibrant tapestry of the city of New York."--Charles Busch, award-winning playwright and author of Leading Lady: A Memoir of a Most Unusual Boy

"As drag is absurdly under attack by the right wing, along comes this well researched book that celebrates its glittery renown. Elyssa Maxx Goodman lovingly explores drag's trajectory in NYC from 1865 to the present, spanning activism, oppression, flamboyance and Emmy awards. Brava!"--Michael Musto, author and journalist for The Village Voice

"What a gift downtown nightlife fixture Elyssa Maxx Goodman has given us with her glamorous, giddy history! A love letter to New York City past and present, Glitter and Concrete celebrates drag's shimmering potential for community, self-expression, and pure joy."--Ada Calhoun, New York Times bestselling author of St. Marks Is Dead