My name is Christopher Logan and I'm an actor and filmmaker who conceived the book project. I produced the book, contacting all the performers and photographers and arranging all the photos and licensing and worked with designer Mamio Marais to complete the book. I started Bookthefilm Publishing to continue to produce books to raise funding for independent film production, while celebrating diversity.
2. Why didn't you include a few stories or two on these people? Not just their beautiful photos?
I like the photos to speak for themselves. In this day and age, information is just a click away, so those who want to explore more can do so easily. This way, we stay focused on the art and the final product instead of dissecting the transformation and career.
3. Are you by chance also a dr.a.g or have you ever considered it?
I was a drag performer for several years, and appeared in drag in the film Connie and Carla.
4. Did you by chance get to meet any of these people?
I've met the majority of the performers in the book and most of the photographers through the process. Most of the in person meetings came at book launch events and after the book was put together.
5. How long did you do research on this book?
It took about two years from concept to completion. I had a great working knowledge of the drag scene to begin with, and was well versed on who were my must haves and who else to approach.
6. Have you ever been to any dr.a.g events or shows?
I've been to too many to count lol
7. Who is your favorite dr.a.g person, if you by chance do have 1 or two?
I'm most impressed by Jim Bailey who took drag to the next level with live impersonation, and a tribute that show a great amount of study and respect. He also 'went where no man had gone before' being an impersonator on the Carol Burnett Show and before drag was as well seen or accepted as it is today.
8. Who are your favorite authors?
I adore AS Byatt and keep a copy of her Little Black Book of Stories by my bed. I've reread them all numerous times and am always swept away by her evocative use of language. I also enjoy a good page turner and burner like John Grisham or Anne Rice. Something to sweep away a few hours on a place or get you out of your head for half the day.
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My rating: 5 of 5 stars
When Christopher sought me ought to review this book, as oft I am, I was honored. He sent me the PDF format and explained I wouldn't get what I needed from it. I truly needed to 'see' it. Seemed odd, but went with it.
After receiving the book, my grand daughter whom is nineteen months old was sitting beside me, and my Son on the other side. We began flipping through the pages. My grand daughter sat quietly still, viewing everything in awe. My son said, "Wow these are some damn fine women!" I looked over at him and explained the term: "drag." After explaining it to him, he answered with, "If any of these Dudes came up to me and kissed me I tell you what, I'd never know the difference and I certainly would kiss them back. And if they divulged to me afterwards they were a man in drag, I would be like: 'Amazing! You still look gorgeous!' And I wouldn't be mad! Anyone who puts that much work into looking that beautiful deserves respect and to be admired like art work! I would show him/her off everyday!" Serious words from my own Son, Dexter.
My Grand Daughter looked through the entire book with me and oohed over several pages. She was quite fascinated. I imagine the bright colors and art work helped too.
The book in itself is a piece of art. It is breath taking, as are the people within the book. They've went through great lengths to pick out their signature looks and make a signature statement. The book speaks for itself, although there are a few lines within it, as well as the definition of "drag" and how it came to exist.
The beautiful red head you see here is Jeffree Star. I chose to put him in my review because I personally love his look. Downright sexy and appealing. I love how the make up is worn, and I have a fetish with sexy eye brows if it can be considered a thing; as well as how brave he was to even pose in the photo on the next page, quite revealing to say the least. My husband loved his tattoos. Everything about him is enticing, but again: everyone in this book is, and sadly I can't post everyone. What good would the book be if I did that, I mean come on now?!
Here is another favorite. But before I continue, I'm going to say, I chose this one, because I'm prejudice and a big Cher fan. So truly I can't play fair with this choice. This however is not Cher; but is: Chad Michaels. I will point out a few things as a Cher fan though. There are definite differences in the two of you that I spotted immediately. Needless to say, I will be nice, and not point them out. I would love to know though? Can you sound or walk like her? How about the tongue roll? I'd still love to meet you though Chad, I won't lie. I definitely would hang on your arm and parade you around town proudly! There's no doubt in my mind! You're still sexy! "I got you Babe!"
This is Jim Bailey. Hard to believe isn't it? The aged look is so real isn't it? He has performed for the British Royal Family, which Christopher Logan explains to you at the end of the book. Jim has done a lot of film and TV appearances and is quite famous!
The purpose in the exquisite book, is to raise funds for independent film productions. All of the photographers, the performers who are featured within this amazing book, donated their work to help with this project. For that Christopher Logan and www.bookthefilm.com are and always will be eternally grateful!
I have already shown this book to many family of my family members who cannot put it down, and they just keeping looking at it again and again, in awe. I think, those of you who keep magazines on the coffee table, need to consider this book for the job. It would look much more enticing on a coffee table then any magazine could ever dream of! Not to mention, it has much more meaning than most magazines. Check it out! You'll be glad you did, trust me!
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