air guitar … celebrity impersonations

The NYT ran this article from New York’s reigning air guitar champ. [NYT 7/"10"] I wonder if these rock’n’rollers acknowledge the debt they owe to drag queens and lip-syncing celebrity impersonators, who have been competitively dragging since at least the 30s? [see Cherry Grove, Fire Island: Sixty Years in America’s First Gay and Lesbian Town (1993) and Mother Camp: Female Impersonators in America (1972), both by Esther Newton.] Probably — “clothes make the air guitarist” according to the author, and the clothes seem to be fabulous: Brooklynite C-Diddy won the world crown in 2003 “festooned with a Hello Kitty breastplate and crimson kimono”, and the author’s costume is a “silver jumpsuit and star-spangled armbands filled with dry ice”.

Rock on, dudes! I can’t wait to go to my first drag king air guitar show.