Check out this fun book trailer for Alvin Orloff’s forthcoming 3RP memoir, DISASTERAMA: Adventures in the Queer Underground 1977-1997, available everywhere October 8.
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Here’s what folks are saying about DISASTERAMA!:
“No one is cooler than Alvin Orloff, and Disasterama! proves it. Orloff’s madeleine is Day-Glo, his Balbec the lost queer punk scene in San Francisco at the height of the AIDS crisis. This is memoir in the classic (or classic Hollywood) sense: a witty and glamorous raconteur who’s lived a wild life tells all.” —Andrea Lawlor, author, Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl
“Alvin Orloff’s memoir of San Francisco queers facing the mounting AIDS crisis and freaking, caring, denying, performing, and carrying on is a witty remembrance that avoids cheap sentiment or easy responses. Tackling a mass of contradictions with unflinching realness, this book both entertains and inspires.” —Michael Musto, columnist, author, Fork on the Left, Knife in the Back
“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, author, How to Write an Autobiographical Novel
“Disasterama takes us deep into the 80s and the daily creative resistance that saved the culture’s soul during the plague years. With wit and flair Alvin Orloff gives us a guided tour of the era’s vibrant subcultures; glittering, pointed reactions to a cold-hearted status quo. Heartbreaking and hilarious, sexed-up and political, Disasterama is a deeply personal coming-of-age story. – Michelle Tea, author Against Memoir and Modern Tarot
“Alvin Orloff’s Disasterama! is 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! This is a remarkable evocation of a heroic time. Long live the queens!!!” —Justin Vivian Bond, author, Tango: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels
“Alvin Orloff’s wonderfully detailed elegy to San Francisco’s streets and clubs of the 1980s is not your typical AIDS memoir. Orloff and his friends dance, get high, create outrageous art and hustle while their world hovers briefly at the precipice, and then is gone. It is a beautiful remembrance.” —Cleve Jones, LGBTQ and Labor Activist; author, When We Rise: My Life In The Movement
“A book that all at once reads as a memoir, a eulogy and a love letter to San Francisco—set in those critical years between the death of disco and the first tech boom—Disasterama offers up a chronicle of fags, dykes, punks, freaks, and club kids partying on the Best Coast and the impact of AIDS, art, and activism on the post Baby Boomer/ pre-Millennial van garde. SPOILER ALERT: the last three chapters will completely rip yr heart out.” —Brontez Purnell, author, Since I Laid My Burden Down
“An irresistible and seminal work that gives us a glimpse into an explosive era of outspoken and unprecedented art, breathless interpersonal discourse and dysfunction, dug-in protest culture, and mind-bending fashion that put the word “flamboyant” to shame. —Richard Loranger, author, Sudden Windows
“I’ve never read a better story of the true love of friendship. Alvin tells the story of the San Francisco I lived in when I first arrived, when all kinds of social misfits and cultural weirdos could call it home. No matter who you were, you could come here and find a place to not only fit in, but to shine.” —Bucky Sinister, author, Black Hole
“Filled with such poignant and vivid detail you felt like you lived through it . . . oh wait, I did!” —Leigh Crow, aka Elvis Herselvis
“Wow, just wow. Disasterama! is the first book and situation that gently explains the life and sociology of a boy and his debating partner, in the grand form of Diet Popstitute, living before the woefully unexplored and common experience of friends, lovers, former lovers, and frenemies dying frequently and fast from the Virus, which took up roughly a decade. I think it was just too hard, fast, and inconceivable, plus a lot of the social talkers were the first to disappear. Do nightclubs change culture? is high culture elitism? glum vs chipper? and how do we talk to the bedridden?—all in this witty saucepan boiler of a book. Stay smart, read Diasterama!.” —Jennifer Blowdryer, author, Good Advice for Young Trendy People of All Ages