Books

BOOK REVIEW: The First Rock & Roll BODYGUARD

Book Review by Gillian McCain of "The First Rock ‘n’ Roll BODYGUARD" by Alf Weaver with Robert Ashton - If Alf Weaver was still with us (R.I.P) he would be the guy I would want watching my back. Because he’s watched them all, and had “a few good laughs” doing so. Growing up in London, he was friends with the Kray Twins, and kind of fell into the rock & roll business when he started working for a limousine company. ...

PLEASE READ ME: Curtis Harrington

Curtis Harrington Nice Guys Don’t Work In Hollywood: The Adventures of an Aesthete in the Movie Business by Curtis Harrington (Drag City, paper, 272 pp.). Review by James Marshall Fans of esoteric film trash will be delighted to know that before passing director Curtis Harrington (1926-2007) left us with this dirt-filled and conversationally written volume about his five decades in Hollywood and beyond.  ...

GRAPHIC NOVEL REVIEW: My Friend Dahmer!

Review by Legs McNeil - When I got out of my last rehab in November of 2011, I spent a few months on the west coast and when I returned home, I saw that I had been invited via Facebook to a party somewhere in Ohio for the release of the graphic novel, My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf. So I clicked on "going" in the appropriate Facebook box and really planned on trying to make the event. I mean, what else did I have to do? My life was in shambles....
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P.K.M. Book Review: How Loathsome

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By Tristan Crane and Ted Naifeh

Review by Legs McNeil

HOW_LOATHSOME Graphic Novel How Loathsome is really hard to describe, so I will let one of the writer’s and illustrator, Ted Naifeh, in a 2006 interview with Manolis Vamvounis, for the website insidepulse.com, begin to explain it to you: “How Loathsome is a faux-autobiographical comic about a semi-gender-queer person named Catherine Gore, who lives in San Francisco. The story kicks off when she meets Chloe, a gorgeous transsexual girl, at an S&M play party. Problem is, Chloe isn’t attracted to girls, and though she’s eager for men to see her as female, she can’t get past the fact that Catherine isn’t really male.” Got it? We didn’t think so.  ...