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LISTEN: This mid-century drag queen’s love song proves drag has always been political

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Decades before Rupaul’s Supermodel of the World or Divine’s My First Album, drag queen Minette’s topical tunes were immortalized on vinyl.The French-American queen’s 1968 recording album Come To Me At Tea-Time (available to stream in full here) isn’t full of campy or comedic performances.

Instead, she sang earnestly about issues of the time.Her song “LBJ, Don’t Take My Man Away” is as much a protest song against the Vietnam War as it is a vaudeville-blues ode to her beau.

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