Sunday, 3 December 2017

Rogue Angels - Peter Cave


NEW ENGLISH LIBRARY 25225
NEW EDITION MARCH 1975 (3RD PRINTING)
LONDON, UK

RUN FOR YOUR LIFE-
SUEDEHEADS ARE CLASHING WITH
ROGUE ANGELS

The Suedeheads have taken to buying up old American cars and riding them tooled-up and mob-handed. To the English Hell's Angels, that means war.

Against the background of a murderous personal vendetta, the conflict intensifies. Death comes to some in the mid-day heat of open battle. To others it comes in the night and alone.

Then the Glasgow Angels decide to move South. And, all Hell breaks loose!!

Sunday, 12 November 2017

The Cellar Boys - Howard Baker

They lived for kicks - maniacal tearaways who though they could beat the law


FIVE STAR 
FIRST PRINTING 1973
MANCHESTER, UK
PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED AS 'ESPRESSO JUNGLE' 1959
& 'THE CELLAR BOYS' 1965

THE CELLAR BOYS

FATSO...crack driver, expert at a quick getaway

SMILER...sadist and flick-knife artist

MARTY...confirmed 'purper', always at war with everyone

CHI-ANN...maniac-depressive tearaway, the leader

MISTER BIG...the faceless one whom nobody knew but whose orders were carried out without question

They thought they were invincible...until one night they picked on Ricky Castain...

Friday, 3 November 2017

The Cellar Boys - Howard Baker

THEY LIVED FOR KICKS-MANIACAL TEARAWAYS WHO THOUGHT THEY COULD BEAT THE LAW
CONSUL BOOKS 1367
FIRST PRINTING 1965
LONDON, UK
PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED AS 'ESPRESSO JUNGLE' BY FLEETWAY PUBLICATIONS 1959 AS PART OF THE SEXTON BLAKE LIBRARY NO. 435

FATSO...crack driver, expert at a quick getaway

SMILER...sadist and flick-knife artist

MARTY...confirmed 'purper', always at war with everyone

CHI-ANN...maniac-depressive tearaway, the leader

MISTER BIG...the faceless one whom nobody knew but whose orders were carried out without question

They thought they were invincible...until one night they picked on Ricky Castain...

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Jerry Cotton - Nichts Ist Spannender


ISSUE 2609
EUROPE 2007

Issued in 11 European countries, this detective magazine has been going since the 1940s and from what I have seen of them, they use a photograph from various films for the cover that has nothing to do with the actual story inside and are all non-English language publictations. This issue as you can see has "The Warriors" on the cover and that is why it's here, the story isn't JD but the cover is. These are probably more of interest to collectors of movie related books and digests, especially the early issues as the photo covers are pretty cool.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Reefer Boy - Hal Ellson

A SHOCKING NOVEL OF TEEN-AGE DOPE ADDICTS


PEDIGREE BOOKS 
1955 (?)
LONDON, UK
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY NEVILLE SPEARMAN 1955

From the reeking slums of a big city, from the twilight world of escape-hungry "junkies", comes this striking and powerful novel of tormented adolescents-neglected by society, victimised by ruthless dope-pedlars.

Published in cheap edition here for the first time its purpose is to focus attention upon a problem which is by no means confined to the big cities of the United States with which the book is concerned. It is now common knowledge that drug addiction is a widespread and rapidly growing evil in this country and the publishers believe that this factual account of its effects upon teenagers can serve as a timely warning and a deterrent.

The material of this book is sensational, but this is not a sensational novel. It is based on fact-the shameful, inescapable fact that society takes no responsibility for these lost and bitter children.

The author Hal Ellson, is a recreational therapist who comes into daily contact with the under-privileged and emotionally disturbed teenagers about whom he writes. More than two years of interviewing and several hundred pages of notes went into the preparation of the background of Reefer Boy. Mr. Ellson is also the author of Duke and Tomboy, whose total sales in America now top 3,000,000 copies.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Go Ask Alice - Anonymous

'No one can read this book without crying for the young who find the world we have built too much to bear.'
-Sunday Mirror


CORGI BOOKS 0 552 09332 7
SECOND PRINTING 1974 (1973)
LONDON, UK
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY EYRE METHUEN 1972

YOU CAN'T ASK ALICE ANYTHING ANYMORE.

BUT YOU CAN DO SOMETHING-READ HER DIARY. STRONG, PAINFULLY HONEST, CANDID. THE ACTUAL STORY OF A DESPERATE GIRL ON DRUGS AND ON THE RUN WHO ALMOST MADE IT.

"Go Ask Alice is a very frightening book-not because it is a story of how drugs can kill, but because it offers an insight, of remarkable naive force, into a style of life...because it is one person's story...because Alice was a born writer, with a natural gift of language and observation. It's not an enjoyable book but it is short and powerful-and dangerous-not for children."
Ray Gosling, The Times

"It shows the complexity of modern life, the awful pressures which plague even the 15-year-old who needs all her energies to cope with growing, it shows the realities of the much-discussed generation gap, the isolation of one who wanders off the track and, alone, finds it impossible to fight her way back."
The Guardian

"Everyone who reads it must ask that most agonising of all questions: 'Can it be that love is not enough?'"
Sunday Mirror

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Hell's Angels - Hunter S. Thompson

The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs of California


PENGUIN BOOKS 2801
FIRST PRINTING 1967
LONDON, UK
COVER PHOTO BY CURTIS PUBLISHING COMPANY

They shoot the hillcrest like a burst of dirty thunder, shoulder-length hair streaming from Cro-magnon faces, swastikas jangling, filthy death's-head-emblazoned denims cracking in the wind-the Hell's Angels are out on a run, and America's West Coast cowers in loathing...

Gang rape, pillage, murder...recent press reports of the Angels read like a plot-synopsis of a thriller-writer's worst dreams. Hunter Thompson found the reality different-but still disturbing. Here, with Rabelasian gusto, he tells of his experiences with Little Jesus, Charger Charlie the Child Molester, Big Frank ('You don't really jerk the eyeball, you just sorta spring it so it pops outa the socket') and a host of others. This is the inner truth of a phenomenon which relegates our Rockers to the nursery.

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Together Brothers - Jim Robinson

Some mother killed their main man
MR. KOOL
and all at once they're


AWARD BOOKS 426
FIRST PRINTING 1974
NEW YORK, USA
MOVIE TIE-IN

A WANTON MURDER
A MUTILATED BODY
A STALKING KILLER

"Mr. Kool? Why hit him?" the cop asked.

"Why?" His partner shrugged. "Because he was a black cop in a jungle...he just got too close to the animals."

Mr. Kool may have been the "fuzz"-"no better than any other jive-ass cop"-to most of the inhabitants of the ghetto. But to H.J., A.P., Monk, Gri'Gri' and Mau Mau he was a friend, a man who tried to understand young blacks and their problems. His death at the hands of a vengeful ex-con plunged the gang into a chilling manhunt-a race against time and terror in which five black kids pit their street know-how and motherwit against the steel cunning of a crazed killer...

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Post-Prison Writings And Speeches - Eldridge Cleaver



PANTHER BOOKS 586 03555 9
SECOND PRINTING 1972 (1971)
LONDON, UK
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY JONATHAN CAPE 1969
COVER ART BY PAUL MAY

'It may be that not only in America but elsewhere in the world the lines of a new and terrible war are being traced - a racial war in which there will be a holocaust of innocents. At least, after reading Cleaver, we cannot say we do not know what the struggle is about.'
Stuart Hood SPECTATOR

'An essential addendum to Soul On Ice...this new book contains as powerfully seductive a prose as any being written now anywhere in the world...the results are piercing, brilliantly oratorical, poisonously funny, and quotable until the cows come home.'
Clive James NEW SOCIETY

'I plan to be around for quite a while'
Eldridge Cleaver

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Sticking It To The Man! - Iain McIntyre

Pop, Protest and Black Fiction Of The Counterculture, 1964-75


LEDA TAPE ORGANISATION 978 1922 078 04 9
FIRST PRINTING AUGUST 2012
USA

ROCKING REVOLUTIONARY READS!

Over 120 book covers and reviews of novels drawing on the social and political upheaval of the counterculture era.

Utopia, dystopia and cultural myopia!

Rock and roll, dope, and frugging in the streets!

Blaxploitation, Sexploitation, Youthsploitation!

Bikers, hippies and Black Panthers!

(All photographs are in Black and White)

Monday, 12 June 2017

Yardie - Victor Headley

gang war hits London - yardie style!


PAN BOOKS 0 330 33042 X
FIRST PRINTING 1993
LONDON, UK
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED BY THE X-PRESS LIMITED 1992

At Heathrow Airport's busy immigration desk, a newly-arrived Jamaican strolls through with a kilo of top-grade cocaine strapped to his body. And keeps on walking...

By the time the syndicate get to hear about the missing consignment, D is in business-for himself-as the Front Line's newest don.

But D's treachery will never be forgotten-or forgiven. The message filters down from the Yardie crime lords to their soldiers on the streets:

Find D. Find the merchandise. And make him pay for his sins...

'A book which everyone should read, and soon'
THE VOICE

'Who said you need a review in the quality Sundays to have a hit?'
CITY LIMITS

'The black Godfather...quite simply. Headley knows what time it is'
THE JOURNAL

'It's the ruffest, the tuffest and the boo-yacka of all modern gangster novels'
CARIBBEAN TIMES

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Signal Thirty-Two - Mackinlay Kantor

Mackinlay Kantor's Famous, High-Voltage Novel Of A Cop Whose Beat Is The Roughest District In The U.S.A. - Spanish Harlem!


BANTAM BOOKS A2029
NEW BANTAM EDITION FEBRUARY 1960 - SECOND PRINTING
(FIRST BANTAM PRINTING FEBRUARY 1952)
NEW YORK, USA
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY RANDOM HOUSE SEPTEMBER 1950
ALSO PUBLISHED BY DOUBLEDAY DOLLAR BOOK CLUB JANUARY 1951

NEW YORK

is the biggest city in the world and the toughest. The men on its police force are all kinds, from those who collect a percentage from the prostitutes and bookies, to the ones who deliver babies in squad cars and pull suicides off the bridges.

SIGNAL THIRTY-TWO

is the story of one man who tried hard to be a good cop in the squalid, stinking slums of New York's Spanish Harlem, where children offer themselves for sale for money to buy heroin, and the switch knife and the zip gun are the toys a boy grows up with.

SWIFT PACED AND STACCATO
REAL AS A SIREN'S SCREAM
-CLEVELAND NEWS

Saturday, 10 June 2017

A Sweet Sweet Summer - Jane Gaskell



SPHERE BOOKS 37850
FIRST PRINTING 1971
LONDON, UK
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY HODDER & STOUGHTON 1969

The public execution of Ringo Starr

is the first demonstration of power by the aliens whose spacecraft hangs over Britain and seals off the country from the outside world. Out of the chaos the aliens have created emerges a new social order, dominated by mob rule drug farms, and gang warfare.

The hero is a teenage ponce, running a house which is part brothel and part headquarters for a group of Neo Nazi thugs. He operates in a derelict pop world, a savage parody of the permissive society, in which people make love and carve each other up with equal carelessness.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Protest : The Beat Generation And The Angry Young Men - Gene Feldman and Max Gartenberg

Rebels without a cause, they are shocked by nothing-defying society, conventions, the world, the 'beatniks' and the 'angries' speak their minds


PANTHER BOOKS 1075
FIRST PRINTING JUNE 1960
LONDON, UK
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY SOUVENIR PRESS 1959

The 'beatniks' and the 'angry young men' are considered the logical spokesmen for our age.

Out of its chaos, they have fashioned some of the most brilliantly dynamic literature of our time.

Rebels without a cause...

*JACK KEROUAC
*COLIN WILSON
*NORMAN MAILER
*JOHN OSBORNE
*JOHN BRAINE
*CLELLON HOLMES
*JOHN WAIN
*KINGSLEY AMIS

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Black Rice - Katharine Sim

THE OPIUM TRADE IN MODERN MALAYA
a story of the operators who make vast profits from human misery and vice


ACE BOOKS H512
FIRST PRINTING 1961
LONDON, UK
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY HODDER & STOUGHTON 1959

It is hard to imagine her rendering of the Malayan scene being bettered: the colouring is gorgeous without being lurid, the canvas packed with detail but never overcrowded.
-Times Literary Supplement

A very fine book...The central story tells of an attempt to smuggle large quantities of opium but readers will keep and remember this book because of its haunting description of Malayan life.
-Time and Tide

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Hell's Angels - Jan Hudson

The full story of America's motorcycle 'Wild Ones'


NEW ENGLISH LIBRARY (NEL) FOUR SQUARE 2092
SECOND PRINTING NOVEMBER 1967
(First printing September 1967)
LONDON, UK

They live on ton-up motorcycles-screaming across the roads of America, leaving behind a trail of drunken brawls, sexual assaults, destruction and terror.

They are Hell's Angels: a breed of wild young men who dress like pirates and wear Nazi emblems.

They defy law and order, live by their own violent code and dice with death every day.

Jan Hudson knows the Angels. He's mixed with them and their girls and heard their views on life, sex, violence-and, most important of all, motorcycles. His book is a startling inside picture of the most amazing rebels of the sixties.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Monkey Off My Back - Jack Brown

An ex-convict and drug addict relates his discovery of personal freedom


LAKELAND BOOKS 230
FIRST PRINTING 1972
LONDON, UK

The former 'con man' was always finding the easy way to make money for his expensive drug habit...yet the trail of shady tricks and crime always led Jack to the same place - stone walls, iron bars and guards.

Having served more than seventeen years in prison Jack Brown tells an almost incredible story - beatings, fights, riots, murders, immorality of every sort. He talks about people he met: the Birdman of Alcatraz - Machine-gun Kelly - Al Capone and other legendary figures of the underworld.

Most of Jack's life has been spent in various institutions: attempts to cure his criminal habits and his drug addiction failed repeatedly. But outside prison walls waited his devoted wife and family who prayed and encouraged Jack to take God seriously.

There is no 'happy ever after' routine at the end of his story - just the miracle that God changed the depraved drug addict convict, gave Jack the determination that Jesus shall control his life - and he can't keep it a secret!

*Apparently Jack Brown is the person that Johnny Cash wrote Cocaine Blues about.

Monday, 29 May 2017

R.I.P. Benji "Yellow Benji" Melendez 1952-2017

Yellow Benji of The Ghetto Brothers
I know this blog is normally a book blog but after hearing the sad news today of the death of Benji "Yellow Benji" Melendez of the Ghetto Brothers, I though I'd post this, after all these JD books we all collect are pretty much all about gang members like him.  "Yellow Benji" was best known for brokering the gang truce in the Bronx and Harlem in 1971, when he was President of the Ghetto Brothers and lead guitarist of the Ghetto Brothers band. He was also in the 2015 documentary Rubble Kings. If you haven't seen the documentary or heard the album the Ghetto Brothers released, I urge you to do so, you really are missing out.

R.I.P Benji

Go, Man, Go! - Edward De Roo

Highway Thrills, Race Car Kicks...
and Love-Hungry Chicks!
Lawless Hot-Rodders!
A Jungle on Wheels...


DIGIT BOOKS R357
NO DATE
LONDON, UK

Faster! Faster! Faster!
It's real cool, man. When you're a kid in a hot-rod you just wanta GO! And there ain't nothin' or nobody gonna stop you, 'cause behind that wheel you're the most.

And if you're in with the gang-you ain't never gonna chicken out on 'em, 'cause you can't, you'd die first!

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Young - Miriam Colwell

THE LOW-DOWN ON TWO WILD TEENAGE GIRLS IN SEARCH OF EXPERIENCE


ACE BOOKS (UK) H268
FIRST PRINTING 1959
LONDON, UK
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY WEIDENFELD AND NICHOLSON 1955
COVER ART BY JOHN VERNON

The American jungle of wolf-whistles and stalking Cadillacs through which the narrator, a wise-cracking girl in her teens, moves like a willing prey.
-MANCHESTER GUARDIAN

A graphic and uncensored account of how two adolescent American girls saunter through a summer's day, winding up with the spectacle of sudden death at a roadside beer-parlour.
-DAILY MAIL

A day in the life of two American girls in their late teens...One of them by British standards a juvenile delinquent; smart, wisecracking, knowing beyond her years, she unfolds a picture of a society with only the haziest ideas of manners and morals.
-THE TIMES

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Bethnal Green - Michael Fisher

Now filmed as...
A PLACE TO GO
STARRING RITA TUSHINGHAM, MIKE SARNE, BERNARD LEE
A RELPH-DEARDEN PRODUCTION
FOR BRITISH LION-BRYANSTON RELEASE THROUGH B.L.C.


PAN BOOKS X 230
FIRST PRINTING 1963
LONDON, UK
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY CASSELL & CO 1961

BETHNAL GREEN

...a brawling, dingy, decaying mass of street-markets and pubs, damp old houses, reeking gasometers and littered bomb-sites.

Ricky Flint knew no other world. Yet he craved to burst out, to win a better life somewhere for himself and his girl Catherine, an amoral slut, but fired by her own fierce pride...

How Ricky met his one violent chance is told with biting authenticity.

Friday, 26 May 2017

A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess

A novel of the near future by one of the most talented and imaginative writers of today


PAN BOOKS X 321
FIRST PRINTING 1964
LONDON, UK
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY WILLIAM HEINEMANN 1962

'HORRORSHOW'

-that's the adjective which Alex, the delinquent teenage villain of the piece would use to describe A CLOCKWORK ORANGE.

You, we are sure, will find it one of the most unusual and unforgettable novels you have read. The extreme in wickedness, social satire, abundant racy humour-all are here in this story of London in the none-too-distant future, a city terrorized at night by prowling toughs, where the powers-that-ought-to-be struggle to buy peace and order through the skills of brainwashing psychiatrists!

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Eff Off - Sandy Hutson



PAN BOOKS 0 330 02613 5
FIRST PRINTING 1971
LONDON, UK
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY ARLINGTON BOOKS 1969

An explosive, irreverent and brilliantly-characterized first novel by Sandy Hutson

eff off

Describes in sizzling style the problems of a young teacher thrust into the chaotic world of a 'special school' for violent and disturbed children.

Sends TO SIR, WITH LOVE back to the kindergarten! - 'The dialogue scenes are splendidly handled; noisy, witty and obscene.'
NEW STATESMAN

eff off

'Don't do any such thing. Read it-for its fierce pity of the neglected and maladjusted child.'
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

The Jury Is Still Out - Irwin D. Davidson and Richard Gehman

"This is a horrifying book, strongly recommended to all who are concerned about crime in young people."
-John O'London's


PANTHER BOOKS 1158
FIRST PRINTING JANUARY 1961
LONDON, UK
FIRST PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY PETER DAVIES LTD 1959

A NATION WAS SHOCKED...

and the reader will be shocked by this frightening account of a brutal killing and the sensational murder trial that followed it. The American Press gave detailed-often hysterical-coverage to the trial; now the Judge himself gives the complete story. It is one that contains a sobering thought for all of us.

"This book cannot merely be shrugged off with 'It would not happen here'. Reading it, you get an uneasy feeling that it could."
-Birmingham Mail

Monday, 22 May 2017

The Power Gods - Bud Clifton

A gang of young punks with a mania for speed and sex


PYRAMID BOOKS G410
FIRST PRINTING MAY 1959
NEW YORK, USA
COVER ART BY LOU MARCHETTI

GANG GIRL

She had never been in a convertible before, let alone driven one. It was a big yellow Buick and racing it up to seventy-five on the open Nevada roads excited her so much she began to giggle. She was eighteen. And she had stolen the car.

She slowed down. She didn't want some cop to pick her up for speeding. She'd just pulled a job-a big one-and she had to get back to the boys. They didn't know it, but those kids with their black leather jackets and goggles and motorcycles were sitting ducks. They might think they were doing her a favor, letting her hang around, loving her up. But Bella had other ideas. Big-time ideas. And this gang of speed-mad, sex-mad young punks was due for a shattering surprise.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Kill Me A Priest - John Farrimond



CORGI BOOKS GN7555
FIRST PRINTING 1966
LONDON, UK
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY GEORGE G. HARRAP 1965

KILL ME A PRIEST, BENNY BUCKEL!

Maxie was tough. Maxie was big-and cunning-and Maxie's gang was the best, the strongest, and the the most vicious on the street.

Benny didn't care what he did to get into Maxie's mob-anything at all, and he waited for Maxie-Maxie who was God-to decide.

'You want to join me, Benny? You want to get in the Mob? So what I want is for you to rub out the priest. Go kill me a priest, Benny Buckel.'

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Violent Sunday - James A. Brown

THE DRINKING DENS AND DANCE HALLS OF JOHANNESBURG


ACE BOOKS H349
FIRST PRINTING 1960
LONDON, UK
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY ROBERT HALE 1956

A compelling and sensitive portrait of life in the Negro shanty towns ringing Johannesburg
-DAILY SKETCH

Distressful, fiercely impressive novel...if his story is painful, it is so burningly and compassionately alive, so sure in characterisation, so unflinching in its posing of a bitter problem, that it demands to be read
-VANITY FAIR

Often it is brutal and sordid in a manner which cannot be paralleled in Europe, but it also offers poetry and humour
-TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

The tragedy of David, who envied the white man's wealth and sought to achieve parity by crime, is played out against an inclusive background of squalor and disillusionment
-BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Friday, 19 May 2017

Monkey On My Back - Wenzell Brown

Teen-Agers Caught In The Dope Racket


WDL BOOKS 275
FIRST PRINTING FEBRUARY 1958
LONDON, UK

Here are the true and terrifying experiences of "junkies" who started "blasting" for thrills and couldn't "kick" the habit - and the crimes they committed to get "the monkey off their backs." Told by a man who lived with them intimately, and who spares no one in exposing the menace of teen-age drug addiction, it is a social document of the highest importance.