Glam I am
"Freaks, Glam Gods and Rock Stars" is an affectionate look at
the flamboyant subculture of drag queens and glam rockers that grew up in New York beginning in the 1970s.
By ROBIN EISGRAU
The documentary "Freaks Glam Gods and Rock Stars"
turns the spotlight on a gaggle of drag queens and a
fistful of rock bands that are based in New York, giving a number of
performers who've graced the stage at Wigstock and/or Don Hill's and/or
the Continental perhaps a little less than their 15 minutes of fame but
immortalizing them nonetheless.
Combining interviews with performance
footage, John T. Ryan presents an affectionate cornucopia of the underground
scene. By watching this film you'll find out where performers such as Kevin
Aviance, Dean Johnson, Jimmy James and Flotilla DeBarge are from, you'll
hear Jesse Malin explain exactly why Coney Island High had to close up, and
you'll witness Kembra Pfaler from the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black (in
outlandish makeup) talk about the need for rent control.
|FREAKS, GLAM GODS AND ROCK STARS|
|Full title: Freaks, Glam Gods and Rock Stars: The NYC Story.|
Directed by: John T. Ryan.
Performers also get
asked if they support themselves by their art some like dragster Miss
Understood do (she's done drag performances for Citibank parties), others
like female female impersonator Bob (a very voluptuous woman) do things
like sell their dirty underwear. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the
guitar player from the Brickbats is a kindergarten teacher in Garden City.
There's a lot of performance footage by the likes of Aviance (vogueing
onstage at CBGBs), Lady Bunny (doing a very off-color interpretation of "La
Vida Loca"), Miss Guy and the Toilet Boys, Nancy Boy and Starr.|
If you went
to Wigstock last Labor Day or Caught the Toilet Boys at Squeezebox once and
found yourself wanting to know more, you'll definitely enjoy this film.
|APRIL 26, 2001|
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