“Nicholas Ray invented the meme of teenage anguish. His daughter Nicca lived it. The first miracle is that she survived. The second is that she created this beautiful, heart-breaking book, in which she maps the intersecting arcs of her life and her father’s, creating a dazzling geometry of self-creation and self-destruction.” —Peter Trachtenberg, author of 7 Tattoos and Another Insane Devotion
Nicholas Ray was cinema. He was an innovator, and as director of such classic as Rebel Without a Cause he was a force that dramatically changed the Hollywood landscape. He was also Nicca Ray’s dad, Nick. After he disappeared from her life in 1964, Nicca began to imagine her father as a hero who would return and whisk her away from a life in LA where she never felt safe. However, the man who reappeared in 1974 was not the legendary figure she dreamed of. Through his movies and letters along with her intimate interviews of family members and Hollywood icons, Nicca stitches together the seemingly disparate pieces of the real Nicholas Ray. A man so devoted to his craft he insisted on spending the last hours of his life surrounded by a film crew. A man who lost everything to drugs and gambling. An absentee father she longed for connection with. Both well-researched and deeply personal, Ray by Ray: A Daughter’s Take on the Legend of Nicholas Ray unravels the lives entangled in Nick’s, including those of Gloria Grahame, Dennis Hopper, John Houseman, and the Ray family itself. Nicca tracks her father’s whereabouts during the ten years he was missing from her life and works to reconcile his artistry with his persona. In discovering the truth about her father, she navigates her own path beyond the shadows cast by the Golden Age of Hollywood and into her own life. An essential new perspective on Nicholas Ray, Ray by Ray redefines this legendary figure through the eyes of a daughter searching for her father. READ MORE
“The Faking of the President is a wild, rollicking ride through the corridors of power both past and present. These stories are dark, humorous and thoughtful; they take the presidency and its environs and turn it into a fun house of noirish story-telling. Get this book and read it during the presidential campaign to help keep your head on straight.” —T. J. English, New York Times Best Selling author of Havana Nocturne and The Westies
What would the White House be like if U.S. Presidents of the past were not restricted by the time-honored hallmarks and traditional behavior of the office, leaving them free to do whatever they wanted, anytime and anywhere? THE FAKING OF THE PRESIDENT: Nineteen Stories of White House Noir pulls back the curtain on the “new norm” for America’s highest office, with a collection of bizarre new stories by a diverse group of renowned authors that take readers across the chasm of reality into an alternate universe—where Nixon takes a wacky psychedelic trip with Elvis Presley; where a time-traveling renegade targets members of the George Bush administration with disastrous results; where a spy seizes a sudden opportunity for power after Woodrow Wilson’s stroke. The stories are outlandish—but when it comes to the White House of today—strange behavior and kinky, zany antics are no longer implausible.
The line-up of award-winning authors includes Eric Beetner, Peter Carlaftes, Christopher Chambers, Sarah M. Chen, Angel Luis Colon, S. A. Cosby, Nikki Dolson, Mary Anna Evans, Kate Flora, Adam Lance Garcia, Danny Gardner, Alison Gaylin, Greg Herren, Gary Phillips, Travis Richardson, S. J. Rozan, Alex Segura, Abby Vandiver, and Erica Wright. READ MORE
by Alvin Orloff
with an introduction by Alexander Chee
“Disasterama takes us deep into the 80s and the daily creative resistance that saved the culture’s soul during the plague years.” —Michelle Tea, Against Memoir and Modern Tarot.
“No one is cooler than Alvin Orloff, and Disasterama! proves it.”” —Andrea Lawlor, Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl
“A darkly funny memoir depicting SF’s Queer Underground during the height of the AIDS Crisis when we were young, angry and horny as hell!” –Justin Vivian Bond, Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels.
“This book in your hands is one you could say I’ve waited for, and I’m not alone.” —from the introduction by Alexander Chee, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel.
DISASTERAMA! Adventures in the Queer Underground 1977–1997, is the true story of Alvin Orloff who, as a shy kid from the suburbs of San Francisco, stumbled into the wild, eclectic crowd of Crazy Club Kids, Punk Rock Nutters, Goofy Goofballs, Fashion Victims, Disco Dollies, Happy Hustlers, and Dizzy Twinks of post-Stonewall American queer culture of the late 1970s, only to see the “subterranean lavender twilit shadow world of the gay ghetto” ravaged by AIDS. READ MORE
WOMENTALITY: Thirteen Empowering Stories by Everyday Women Who Said Goodbye to the Workplace and Fellow to Their Lives
edited by Erin Wildermuth
“A stellar collection of stories from women around the globe who bucked nine-to-five jobs to go into business for themselves….This inspiring collection makes a strong case for how women can design their work lives to meet both personal and professional needs.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Get out your pen and paper and prepare to take notes on Erin Wildermuth’s short volume WOMENTALITY, a collection of stories from thirteen women who abandoned the traditional workplace and reclaimed the reins to their lives.” –Foreword Reviews, Lit Hit: Indie Books That’ll Blow You Away
“In the future, people will be able to work from any location, at any time, and live life completely on their own terms. What if the future is now?” —Booklist
Introducing a collection of powerful, personal essays by enterprising women from around the world who came to the same realization: work shouldn’t have to be painful and demeaning. Armed with an internet connection and plenty of creativity and ingenuity, they prove that it is possible to redefine the 9-to-5 work paradigm and create a flourishing career that is flexible and fulfilling outside the corporate structure. READ MORE
by Robert Silverberg
“Reaching back to the beginning of his career, SFWA Grand Master Silverberg collects 18 stories featuring alien encounters, some fond and some fearful. . . Silverberg fans and readers interested in the history of SF will find this worthwhile.”
“The latest in a series of Silverberg’s collections from Three Rooms Press focuses on stories about alien–human encounters, ranging from the deadly to the benign … Alien Archives still shows that Silverberg’s reputation as a skilled storyteller is well-deserved; it is still worth a look for those interested in a sampling of the SF Grandmaster’s prolific short story work.”
“Proving that human beings are sometimes the most alien creatures of all, Alien Archives is a delight for anyone who still wants to believe.” —Foreword Reviews
Aliens in all shapes and sizes—some fearsome, some outlandish, and some just plain fun—fill the pages of these hand-picked classic stories by sci-fi grand master Robert Silverberg, each featuring a new introduction by the acclaimed author. READ MORE
by Aaron Hamburger
“In language that’s both understated and visceral, Hamburger skillfully distills those moments when his characters experience crucial identity shifts, not just in wild, foreign encounters but more often while eating, bathing, and tending to the animal needs of love and safety that link us all.” – Booklist
“A beautiful, sad, coming-of-age story that is a heartily welcome addition to the LGBTQ pantheon.” – I Like to Read Reviews
“The delicacy and observational wit of Aaron Hamburger’s prose are a marvel.” – Louis Bayard, author, Courting Mr. Lincoln
Have you ever searched for your high school crush online?
For Ari Silverman, the past has never really passed. After 20 years, the trauma from a childhood assault resurfaces as he grapples with the fate of his ex-husband, a colleague accused of sexually harassing a student. To gain perspective, Ari arranges to reconnect with his high school crush, Justin Jackson, a bold step which forces him to reflect on their relationship in the segregated suburbs of Detroit during the 1990s and the secrets they still share. READ MORE
by Aimee Herman
“Page-turning prose…with great beauty.” – Kirkus Reviews
“A revelation, slowly unfolding to a shape that is vulnerable, raw and beautifully alive.” – Max Valerio, author, The Testosterone Files
“The grace, honesty, and bravery with which [Herman] addresses issues that many won’t touch with a ten-foot pole will shake you to the core.” – Lily Rex, Blotterature
Fifteen-year-old Eleanor Fromme just chopped off all of her hair. How else should she cope after hearing that her bully, James, has committed suicide?
When Eleanor’s English teacher suggests students write letters they’ll never send, Eleanor writers to James. With each letter she writes, Eleanor discovers more about herself, even while trying to make sense of his death. And, with the help of a unique cast of characters, Eleanor not only learns what it means to be inside a body that does not quite match what she feels on the inside, but also comes to terms with her own mother’s mental illness. READ MORE
edited by Steven Taylor
“A tangible, tender, and totally engaging tour de force, and balm for the dystopic time we’re caught in.” —Anne Waldman, feminist, activist, poet, Fast Talking Women
“Invaluable to scholars and avid readers who yearn to understand the original Beats.” —Rain Taxi
“A must-have resource for beat aficionados.” —Publishers Weekly
“A deeply personal and beautiful book. . . . Refreshing and fun. —Beatdom
“Devotees of these Beat Generation icons will find these conversations between longtime friends both entertaining and revealing.” —Library Journal
“A conversation loaded with details, ideas, analyses, and a profound understanding of a moment in American literary history and the people who lived it.” —New York Journal of Books
Burroughs. Ginsberg. A never-before-published conversation about poetry, literary influences, shamanism, punk, and peyote.
In DON’T HIDE THE MADNESS, the fathers of the Beat movement converse about deeply intimate and personal history while gathered at Burroughs’ house in Lawrence, Kansas. The conversation includes discussion of David Cronenberg’s film adaptation of Burroughs’ classic novel Naked Lunch; shamanism, including a detailed description of the shamanic exorcism of the demon Burroughs believes forced him to kill his common-law wife in 1951; literary associates, influences, techniques, and insights; punk rock’s contributions to counterculture lore; and more.
With the current political landscape mirroring many aspects of the early Beat period, DON’T HIDE THE MADNESS is particularly timely. Interest in both authors’ work is on the rise. Many consider these legendary icons’ perspectives to particularly prophetic. READ MORE
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by Julia Watts
“QUIVER is an amazing, heartfelt book with a powerful lesson to share. Nearly all young adults feel judged or excluded at some point in their lives; this story will help anyone, no matter their situation, see that acceptance is possible.” —Foreword Reviews, starred review
“A wonderful story of friendship…For anyone who has felt “different,” Watts’s novel will be ultimately relatable.” —VOYA Magazine, Perfect 10 Rating
“Sympathetic and believable.” —Publishers Weekly
“This just may be the perfect book for our times, when acknowledgement of common ground and empathy are sorely needed.” —New York Journal of Books
“[A] story about families and the difference between love and obedience. . . . Thoughtful.” —School Library Journal
“HIGHLY Recommend. This is the type of book that can make magic happen: it can open minds and challenge viewpoints through the unfolding of a truly beautiful story.” —Amy Christine Parker, author, Gated
Set in rural Tennessee, QUIVER, by LAMBDA Award-winning author Julia Watts, is a brilliant YA novel that focuses on the unlikely friendship between two teens from opposite sides of the culture wars.
Libby is the oldest child of six, going on seven, in a family that adheres to the “quiverfull” lifestyle: strict evangelical Christians who believe that they should have as many children as God allows because children are like arrows in the quiver of “God’s righteous warriors.” Meanwhile, her new neighbor, Zo is a gender fluid teen whose feminist, socialist, vegetarian family recently relocated from the city in search of a less stressful life.
Zo and hir family are as far to the left ideologically as Libby’s family is to the right, and yet Libby and Zo, who are the same age, feel a connection that leads them to friendship—a friendship that seems doomed from the start because of their families’ differences. READ MORE
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by Robert Silverberg
“Robert Silverberg is our best . . . Time and time again he has expanded the parameters of science fiction.” —The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fictions/span>
“One of science fiction’s modern masters . . . His words and his work have shaped the whole direction of the field.” —Chicago Sun-Times
“Done Silverberg’s way, science fiction is a fine art.” —Associated Press
“The John Updike of science fiction.” —The New York Times Book Review
Beloved sci-fi Grand Master Robert Silverberg collects all his best time travel fiction in one place, with new introductions detailing the back story behind each tale.
TIME AND TIME AGAIN: Sixteen Trips in Time by beloved science fiction Grand Master ROBERT SILVERBERG presents of all his best time travel fiction in one stunning collection. Silverberg introduces this new collection with a new essay praising early sci-fi icons that left a lasting impression on him as a young boy and launched his sixty-year voyage in time travel fiction. Over the course of his career, Silverberg expanded time travel’s incredible world of freedom and mystery and delivered imaginative and intriguing stories that are hailed globally. READ MORE
edited by Greg Herren
“When it comes to Florida, no crime is too unusual and no criminal too peculiar to be impossible. Florida is the one state where fiction has to catch up to the headlines, and the contributors to FLORIDA HAPPENS: Tales of Murder, Mayhem, and Suspense from The Sunshine State do not hold back!
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The brightest stars in mystery writing take on Florida—the state where no crime is too unusual and no criminal too peculiar to be impossible—in this anthology offering stories of pristine white sands and palm trees, snowbirds and theme parks, mangroves and manatees, pirates and policemen—from the redneck Riviera to the southernmost point of the United States.
Edited by award-winning author/editor Greg Herren, with an introduction by New York Times bestselling author Tim Dorsey, FLORIDA HAPPENS (The Bouchercon 2018 Anthology) is jam-packed with stories from top authors, including the legendary John D. MacDonald and Lawrence Block, plus fresh new fiction from bestselling mystery authors Susanna Calkins, Alex Segura, Brendan DuBois, Hilary Davidson, Reed Farrel Coleman, and Craig Pittman, and more. READ MORE
A Tale for a Mid-Winter Night
by William Least Heat-Moon
“Imaginative work about a man’s quest for true connection.” —Foreword Reviews
“In his fiction debut, Heat-Moon (Blue Highways) stages philosophical and spiritual debates in an elegant story of one man’s search for meaning in the cosmos. . . . This thought-provoking novel is rife with relatable and complex musings.” —Publishers Weekly
“An erudite, sophisticated, inherently engaging, and unfailingly entertaining read from beginning to end.” —Midwest Book Review
“A travelogue of the spirit.” —The Proximal Eye
“Darkly ethereal and engaging reading. …wrestles with profound ideas of contemporary urgency and significance.” —University of Toledo Digital Review
“The author of the best-selling travel memoir Blue Highways makes his fiction debut with this erudite novel. …Definitely for fans of philosophical novels and Least Heat-Moon’s nonfiction.” —Library Journal
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In this emotional tale of haunted love, CELESTIAL MECHANICS’s Silas Fortunato finds himself locked in a marriage descending toward darkness until the arrival of his sister-in-law and soon thereafter the appearance of a witching neighbor who may or may not be alive. In ways enigmatic, ghostly, and funny, the three women draw him into the equivocal nature of dreams and reality, their influences leading Silas on a journey toward what may be light and a new belonging to something vastly beyond him.The debut novel of famed Blue Highways author William Least Heat-Moon, CELESTIAL MECHANICS embarks on a journey through the mind and wrestles with life’s major questions, like the nature of the Cosmos, the value of knowledge, and the essence of truly being alive. READ MORE
DOWNDRIFT: an eco-fiction
by Johanna Drucker
“Wildly imaginative, laugh-out-loud funny, and ultimately heartbreaking . . . Drucker’s beautifully subtle message isn’t just for pet owners or environmentalists. It’s for all of us.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Laughing or crying, Drucker skewers the current cultural moment in a novel extrapolation of epic proportions. Taken to the furthest extreme, Downdrift is dogged by an urgent need to understand the difference between the domestic and the wild, measure it, and recalibrate its implications for survival.” —Foreword Reviews
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Narrated by an Archaeon, a 3.8 billion year old species, the oldest on earth, DOWNDRIFT is a work of speculative eco-fiction that describes the impact of ecological pressures on animals that are adopting human behaviors, with droll and sometimes alarming, results. Droll, melancholic, and poetic, the tale is crammed with witty vignettes and poignant reflections on the ways the pressures on the once-natural world are accelerating mutations in behaviors among the animals. READ MORE
Plays About Notorious Dissidents
by Kat Georges
“Far-out . . . compelling. For those who enjoy the theater of the absurd. … Brilliant in the abstract.”–Library Journal
“Three spiked drinks which will take you places you’ve never been. Tangy and dangerous.”–Dr. Larry Myers, playwright, “Jack Kerouac: Catholic”
“Kat Georges devours love, politics, memory, sex, feminism and whimsy and transforms them into a muscular poetry . . . an homage—not an imitation—to that black humor both the Surrealists and Dadaists championed.” –Ron Dakron, author, Hello Devilfish!, Hammers
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THREE SOMEBODIES: Plays About Notorious Dissidents (978-1-941110-54-6; Three Rooms Press; March 2018; $19.95) by poet-playwright-designer Kat Georges offers a trio of fascinating, cutting edge plays about notorious dissidents—people who shook up the world— for better or worse, including “SCUM: The Valerie Solanas Story,” “Art Was Here,” inspired by poet-pugilist and Dada precursor Arthur Cravan, and “Jack the Rapper,” a mash-up of Jack the Ripper and T. S. Eliot. Shakespeare had his kings and princes. Georges chose royalty of the infamous variety: Valerie Solanas, author of The SCUM Manifesto, who famously shot Andy Warhol. Arthur Cravan—nephew of Oscar Wilde, wild child pugilist and poet—whose legendary antics preceded and influenced the Dada movement. Jack the Ripper as sculpted through the words of T. S. Eliot’s poem “Rhapsody on a Windy Night.” READ MORE
A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art
edited by Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges
“Though people expect Dada to be silly, and sometimes it is here, it is also often political and usually poignant. . . It’s quite a smorgasbord for those who are sick and tired of it.”—Portland Book Review
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The art movement known as “Dada” began in response to the horrors of World War I as a artistic rejection of logic, reason, and aesthetics of capitalist society. The movement has continued since 1915 in various disguises—Beat, Pop, Punk—and it continues today, as evidenced in Three Rooms Press’ ongoing MAINTENANT contemporary dada journal series.
The new issue, MAINTENANT 12: A JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY DADA WRITING AND ART (978-1941110652, 200 pages, Three Rooms Press, June 5, 2018, $19.95), features work that explores the theme “We Are All A ‘Like.'” With the rise in social media use—and abuse—the concept of “like” has reached whole new levels. There’s the idea of an individual’s reaction to events, people, images, etc. as a reduction to “Like” or “Dislike” without need for deeper consideration. Then there is the status factor: that something which is “Liked” by the largest number of people is of value. The concept, while simple, has innumerable ways of looking at it. READ MORE
THE OBAMA INHERITANCE:
15 Stories of Conspiracy Noir
edited by Gary Phillips
“It’s a commonplace these days to say that real life has become so unpredictable that it outstrips anything anyone could dream up in fiction. … But that was before I read The Obama Inheritance, a collection of 15 stories so sly, fresh and Bizarro World witty, they reaffirm the resiliency of the artistic imagination.”–NPR Fresh Air
“Conspiracy theories about Obama spun out to their wackiest sci-fi conclusions … Resistance takes many forms, particularly in the current political climate. Few methods of protest are as cheerfully strange and purposefully bizarre as THE OBAMA INHERITANCE.” —The Washington Post
“Truth may be stranger than fiction, but why should the conspiracists have all the fun of creating fake narratives?” –Clarence Page, The Chicago Tribune
“Fifteen authors known for genre writing, many of color, take right wing tales and transform them into their own righteous pulp. … Who thought being militant could be this fun?” —The Hard Word
“Seven New Books That Will Make You Happy You Can Read. Writers take on the racist backlash against President Barack Obama in genres as diverse as spy thriller, noir mysteries and science fiction.” —Newsweek
“High-octane creativity at work. . . . Some of these stories are laugh-out-loud funny, while others are immensely disturbing simply because you know that somewhere, someone actually believes this ridiculousness for real. That’s a humbling and horrifying thought, even as your funny bone and your common sense are entertained.” —Manhattan Book Review
“Pulp fiction for the post-Obama era.” —Booklist
“The stories are adrift with white supremacists, secret locations, strange conflicts, and subtle aliens.” —Publishers Weekly
“A mashup of genre fiction . . . imagines the consequences of white supremacist politics on American society.” —Kirkus Reviews
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Noir meets diverse voices and transforms the genre into an over-the-top, transcendental psychedelic thriller ride of pulpy goodness in THE OBAMA INHERITANCE: Fifteen Stories of Conspiracy Noir (ISBN 978-1-941110-59-1, Trade Paper, 324 Pages, October 10, 2017, $19.95). The collection is curated by editor and award-winning crime novelist and activist Gary Phillips, and includes stories by Walter Mosley, Robert Silverberg, Nisi Shawl, Kate Flora, Christopher Chambers and more. In the tradition of satirical works of Swift and Twain, with nods to the likes of William S. Burroughs and Philip K. Dick, these tales contain vigilante First Ladies, Supreme Court judges who can clone themselves, gear-popping robots of doom, and races of ancient lizard people revealing their true master plan–all mashed up in the blender of fake news bots, climate change hoaxes, and outlandish spins of bizarro conspiracy theories. READ MORE
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FIRST-PERSON SINGULARITIES: Stories
by Robert Silverberg
with an introduction by John Scalzi
“Time and again, Silverberg sets the bar high for himself and then clears it. … This fine retrospective collection is worth any SF reader’s time.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Silverberg’s science fiction stands head and shoulders above other works in the genre. The short stories in FIRST-PERSON SINGULARITIES are inventive, sublime, and endlessly entertaining. … By any measure, FIRST-PERSON SINGULARITIES is grade-A reading.” —Foreword Reviews (starred review)
“One of the finest writers science fiction has ever produced, Robert Silverberg’s boundless imagination is on exquisite display in this career-spanning collection. I can say without hyperbole that this book contains some of the best works I have ever read.” —John Joseph Adams, series editor, Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy
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FIRST-PERSON SINGULARITIES (978-1-941110-63-8; Trade Paper, 418 Pages, October 31, 2017; $19.95) by science fiction Grand Master ROBERT SILVERBERG features eighteen tales written over the course of his long career, all told in the first-person singular. Inspired by W. Somerset Maugham’s Six Stories Written in the First Person Singular, Silverberg takes on the challenge, offering up his own unique sci-fi twists and “running the gambit of singularity.” Each story in FIRST-PERSON SINGULARITIES offers a one-of-a-kind narrator: a dolphin feeling the pangs of love for a human being; a computer eager to convince us of its sanity; a Greek good who has surreptitiously survived into modern times; an alien visitor living in disguise in a New York City hotel. READ MORE
Inside the New York City Underground 1972-1982
by Phil Marcade
Preface by Debbie Harry; Foreword by Legs McNeil
A suave evocation of a lost, grittier New York. —MOJO Magazine
A must-read for all Punk Rock fans and those looking to be entertained while getting a personal look at the birth of the NYC punk movement. —The Punk Site
“A must-read for all Punk Rock fans and those looking to be entertained while getting a personal look at the birth of the NYC punk movement.” —The Punk Site
“An incredible insider’s journey through New York’s 1970’s underground music scene. . . A must-read for anyone interested in a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the nascent Manhattan punk scene . . . or American rock ‘n’ roll history.” —Pleasant Gehman, author Showgirl Confidential
“A quick, engaging read. Chock full of great anecdotes and tales of shenanigans while also adding some color and flavor to a scene that too often suffers anymore from over-analyzation and the icy, sterilizing eye of academia.” —Razorcake
“Unstoppable tales from the inside of the inside — of his pals Johnny Thunders, Joe Strummer, Debbie Harry, Dee Dee Ramone, of Max’s, CBs and the long-ago Lower East Side, all told in a matter-of-fact style that only makes them more incredible. A definitive dispatch from the trenches (and gutters) of New York punk.” —Robert Duncan, Creem
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PUNK AVENUE: Inside the New York City Underground 1972-1982 is an intimate account of Paris-born author Phil Marcade’s first ten years in the United States, where—after drifting from Boston to the West Coast and back—he wound up in New York City and became deeply immersed in the start of the punk rock scene. With brilliant, often hilarious prose, Marcade relays first-hand tales of his experiences, such as having the Ramones play their very first gig at his party, working with Blondie’s Debbie Harry on French lyrics for her songs, enjoying Thanksgiving with Johnny Thunders’ mother, and starting the beloved NYC punk-blues band The Senders. Includes photos from the era, by renowned photographers including Nan Goldin, David Armstrong, Marcia Resnick, and Eileen Polk, and more. READ MORE
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