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A Clandestine History of Sex, Thrillers, and Kicker Cinema
. "A lavish and fiery 328pp retrospective of over 200 banned and cut films produced during the golden age of Swedish sin. 'I was born into a rising whirlwind of madness,' says author Daniel Ekeroth. 'As the '70s came along, all limits were forgotten. Sweden was flooded with sexually explicit and violent films of every kind, and all morals were gone.' Sweden's sexy reputation was sealed the moment Ulla Jacobsson bared her breasts for
One Summer of Happiness
in 1951, crushing the Hays Code and igniting a mad race to make sensationsfilms! Produced in the backyard of the Swedish film industry, these sexually daring films form a canon of countless movies dealing with shocking or taboo subjects: street punks, sadistic mobsters, space aliens, unruly housewives, ruthless drug pushers, bloodthirsty ninjas, teen temptresses, lingonberry cowboys, bearded perverts, and drunken vikings. Working far from the confines of Hollywood, the exploits of young director Ingmar Bergman, actress Christina Lindberg, ultra-villain Heinz Hopf, free-spirited Stellan Skarsgard, and American expats like Dennis Hopper, David Carradine, and Troy Donahue have spawned a legacy that inspired Stieg Larsson's
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
, Wes Craven's
The Last House on the Left
, and Quentin Tarantino's
. With dark humor and an eye for cultural quirks that will leave readers wondering whether these films are even real, Ekeroth paints the portrait of a national cinema run amok. Special sections include two historical overviews, a recollection by starlet Christina Lindberg, and a list of essential sensationsfilms, a rogue's gallery of directors and cast, and a hilarious guide to curious Swedish customs. Why does John Waters cite Ingmar Bergman as a role model? What are raggare, and why do they hate punk rockers? Can taking the name 'Marquis de Sade' really change a bachelor's luck with women instantly? Why won't France or Germany make films with Sweden anymore? Ekeroth reveals all...in
." Soft cover; 6.5"x9"; list price: $19.95.
TOUCH AND GO
The Complete Hardcore Punk Zine '79-'83
2nd printing now available! "
Touch And Go
fanzine was the brainchild of Tesco Vee and Dave Stimson and was launched in Lansing, Michigan, in 1979. Major fanatics of the new punk happenings in the late '70s, TV and DS set out to chronicle, lambaste, ridicule, and heap praise on all they arbitrarily loved or hated in the music communities in the US and abroad. In laughably minuscule press runs by today's standards, T & G was made by guys within the Midwest scene strictly for the edification of scenesters and pals in other cities like DC, Philly, Boston, LA, SF, Chicago, et al. Inspired by magazines such as
Search and Destroy
and writers like Claude Bessy and Chris Desjardines, TV and DS pumped out seventeen naughty, irreverent issues together, and TV did another five solo. Magazines like
, among others, soon fired up Xerox machines themselves, and the rest is history. So is the legendary independent record label launched from this zine, and so are the bands covered inside: Black Flag, Minor Threat, the Misfits, Negative Approach, the Fix, the Avengers, the Necros, Discharge, Iron Cross, Youth Brigade, Faith, Die Kreuzen, Crucifix, Poison Idea -- and all the other punks worth their weight in glorious black and white. Featuring new introductory essays by punk icons Tesco Vee (The Meatmen), Dave Stimson, Steve Miller (The Fix), Henry Rollins (S.O.A./Black Flag), Keith Morris (Black Flag/Circle Jerks), Peter Davis (
), Henry Owings (Chunklet), Byron Coley (
), Corey Rusk (Necros/Touch and Go Records), John Brannon (Negative Approach), and Ian MacKaye (Teen Idles/Minor Threat). Exclusive early interviews with the Fix, Necros, Minor Threat, Youth Brigade, Iron Cross, Misfits, Negative Approach, JFA, Battalion of Saints, Crucifucks, 7 Seconds, Faith, the Effigies, the Minutemen, Scream, Die Kreuzen, Crucifix, Poison Idea, SSD, & others. 8.5"x 11"x1.25", 4lbs., 101% offensive joy!" 546 pages; list price: $29.95.
Mellodrama: The Mellotron Movie
, a documentary film by Dianna Dilworth, explores the rising and falling fortunes of the Chamberlin and its better-known successor, the Mellotron -- the first musical keyboards to play the pre-recorded sounds of other instruments. From a California workshop to Royal Albert Hall,
tells the story of an ingenious contraption called the Mellotron. Essentially the first sampling instrument, its haunting sound changed the production and texture of popular music -- from the Beatles' 'Strawberry Fields Forever' and the Moody Blues' 'Nights in White Satin' to Radiohead's
and Kanye West's 'Gold Digger.' Featuring: Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys; Mike Pinder of the Moody Blues; Rod Argent of the Zombies; Ian McDonald of King Crimson; Patrick Moraz of Yes; Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick; Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath; Tony Banks of Genesis; Mikael Åkerfeldt/Per Wiberg of Opeth; Mitchell Froom of Latin Playboys; Claudio Simonetti of Goblin; Jesse Carmichael of Maroon 5; Brian Kehew of Moog Cookbook; Mattias Olsson of Änglagård; Pea Hicks of Optiganally Yours; Damon Fox/Steve Frothingham of Bigelf; Fabio Frizzi; Jon Brion; Michael Penn; Matthew Sweet; Woody Jackson; Zac Rae; Patrick Warren." NTSC, Region 0; English; 80 minutes.
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