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July 24, 2019

Dressed to Kill: Classic Rock Stars in Drag

“Drag,” or the wearing of clothing of the opposite sex, has a venerable history in the world of music. Many male performers, from the age of glam rock to the new wave era, donned partial or full drag, some for jokes, some for photo shoots and some for enjoyment. This liberating act often seems to successfully and impressively break boundaries. Here is a collection of classic rockers putting on drag:

The Rolling Stones in drag for the single 'Have You Seen Your Mother Baby, Standing in the Shadow?,' 1966. Photo by Jerry Schatzberg.

Brian Jones in drag for the single 'Have You Seen Your Mother Baby, Standing in the Shadow?,' 1966.

Keith Richards in drag for the single 'Have You Seen Your Mother Baby, Standing in the Shadow?,' 1966.

Mick Jagger, 1996. Photo by Anton Corbijn.

Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger at Kenzo Party at Le Palace, 1978. Photo by Philippe Morillon.

Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, Château de La Fourchette, France, 1996. Photo by Brigitte Lacombe.

Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention, We're Only in it for the Money, 1968.

David Bowie wearing a floral-patterned dress in his house in Haddon Hall, 1971. Photo by Daily Mirror.

David Bowie in the music video of 'Boys Keep Swinging,' 1979.

The New York Dolls in their heyday, 1973.

Keith Moon as 'The Queen,' 1970s.

Keith Moon, Los Angeles, CA, 1973. Photo by Bob Gruen.

Queen in drag in their music video of 'I Want to Break Free,' 1984.

Freddie Mercury in Queen's 'I Want to Break Free,' 1984.

Roger Taylor in Queen's 'I Want to Break Free,' 1984.

Roger Taylor in Queen's 'I Want to Break Free,' 1984.

Brian May in Queen's 'I Want to Break Free,' 1984.

Brian May at Elton John's 50th birthday party at Hammersmith Palais, April 1997.

The flamboyant Elton John performing in concert, December 1984. Photo by Express.

Elton John pictured wearing a typically flamboyant costume, December 3, 1984. Photo by McCarthy.

Ozzy Osbourne in 1984. Photo by Mark Weiss.

Boy George attends a press conference in Sydney, Australia, 1980. Photo by Peter Carrette Archive.

Boy George in UK, May 1984. Photo by Rogers.

U2 in Berlin, February 1992. Photo by Anton Corbijn.




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