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.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

The Pack - Brian Black

When speed turned the gang on, not even Jenny could make them put the brakes on


SOFTCOVER LIBRARY S60
FIRST PRINTING 1969
LONDON, UK
FULLY ILLUSTRATED THROUGHOUT

The gang wore black leather jackets and called themselves The Psychos. They rode their roaring motorcycles and loved their women hard and fast. Jenny loved being loved. By Chuck Ryan, by big Red Ahearn, by the gang who made her their queen. By sixteen, Jenny had been loved more than most adults are in a lifetime. But a lifetime, Jenny discovered, while racing through hers in a few fast months, was barely long enough to give one man what no girl could give while being gang-loved....

A sizzling new novel about today's crazy motorcycle packs.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Shake Him Till He Rattles - Malcolm Braly

Drifting between a very cool girl and a very warm one...A funky, nighttime love story so vivid you can taste it, hear it, feel it...


GOLD MEDAL 695
FIRST PRINTING 1964
LONDON, UK

Here is Braly's second novel. It is laid in San Francisco by night, where people, narcotics and jazz flow together and melt into the smoky blue world of North Beach by night...

"Braly has the true attributes of the novelist: he thinks honestly about people, and writes about them with an unstressed absolute realism which exposes most of the toughly 'realistic' writers as naive romantics."
-Anthony Boucher - New York Sunday Times

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

On The Road - Jack Kerouac

Explosive epic of the Beat Generation



PAN BOOKS X84
FIRST PRINTING 1961
LONDON, UK
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY ANDRE DEUTSCH 1958

This is the odyssey of the Beat Generation, the frenetic young men and their women racing furiously across America to wherever life is fastest, where girls are hottest, parties wildest, 'bop' is to be heard, marijuana to be smoked, or a road to be taken at ninety plus-a neuritic hunger for Sensation and Experience.

'Crazy-mixed-up novel about frustrated youth getting nowhere fast'
-Manchester Evening News

Monday, 15 May 2017

Hashish - Henry De Monfreid


PENGUIN BOOKS 527
FIRST PRINTING 1949
FIRST PUBLISHED IN FRANCE AS 'LA CROISIERE DU HACHICH'
THIS TRANSLATION ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 1935

Sunday, 14 May 2017

The Leather Boys - Eliot George

They didn't have to look for trouble- they made it


FOUR SQUARE BOOKS 813
FIRST PRINTING 1963
LONDON, UK
FIRST PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY ANTHONY BLOND 1961

The boys on the bikes.

The boys who do a ton on the by-pass.

Aimless, lawless, sometimes cowardly and vain, they spend a packet on their clothes and hair-styles.

Working-class boys with big wages, and nothing much to do with their money.

This is the story of two of them, Dick and Reggie.

Reggie was the married one-he was only seventeen when he got tied up and just didn't know what it was all about. He left his wife and went to stay with Dick, and the relationship that developed between them was just too hot to handle.

This is a book with a vicious kick to it. Here are the problems of delinquent youth which growl and grumble under the facade of our society, threatening to blow it sky-high. You have read about these boys in the newspapers; this book takes you right there with them; under their leather jackets-under their skins.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Juvenile Jungle Sticker


LIMITED EDITION JUVENILE JUNGLE STICKER 2017

Friday, 12 May 2017

Wheelie! - Stuart Hall

Bikies on a rampage of sex, sin & destruction


SCRIPTS 14
FIRST PRINTING 1973
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

"What do you chicks want?" demanded Onley.

"What do you think?" asked Jane, looking pointedly at Holmes' groin, than across at the joint Tait was smoking. "a little bit of fun and maybe some grass?" "I haven't got much left!" snapped Tait, not looking at the scared Sondra standing near him. "So you can forget about that for a start!"
"Now there's no need to be like that," soothed Jane. "Tell you what! You take little Sondra there and have a little sleep with her in one of the rooms upstairs, and maybe you'll think otherwise later on." Tait swung his eyes slowly towards Sondra, noting her short-cut mousy-coloured hair, and the attractiveness of the young girl. "Is she old enough?" he asked quietly.
"They're never too young," grinned Frances, moving closer to Onley. "They've all got to learn some day." "You mean she's a virgin?" asked Tait, interest in his eyes. "Well, she's never had a man," said Jane cryptically, then looked at Holmes. "Now, big boy, how about you and me?"

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Skinhead - Richard Allen

The savage story of Britain's newest teenage cult of violence


NEW ENGLISH LIBRARY 2758
FIRST PRINTING JULY 1970
LONDON, UK

AGGRO - That's what Joe Hawkins and his mates were looking for, with their shaven heads, big boots and braces.

Football matches, pub brawls, open-air pop concerts, hippies and Hell's Angels all gave them chances to vent their sadistic violence.

SKINHEAD is a story straight from todays's headlines - portraying with horrifying vividness all the terror and brutality that has become the trademark of these vicious teenage malcontents.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The Day Of The Sardine - Sid Chaplin

'A NOVEL WHICH NOBODY SHOULD MISS'
-SUNDAY TIMES


PANTHER BOOKS 1895
FIRST PRINTING AUGUST 1965
LONDON, UK
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY EYRE & SPOTTISWOODE 1961

Arthur thinks most people live like sardines and are easily caught. But at sixteen he doesn't want to be packed head to tail, tail to head, into a tin coffin. He wants to be 'Somebody'. He wants to get away from home where his mother has taken up with the lodger, to dress how he wants, to do as he wishes. But being 'Somebody' for Arthur means joining a gang, being a bum, and an adulterer, and eventually, involvement in a murder.

'A FINE FULL-BLOODED NOVEL...RICH, VIVID'
-Sunday Telegraph

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

The Dope Den - Fenton Robins

Dynamic Long Novel of Mystery in the East End


THE THRILLER
NO.119 VOL.4 MAY 16TH 1931
LONDON, UK

Monday, 8 May 2017

Dope! - L. C. Douthwaite


THE THRILLER MAGAZINE 
NO.66 VOL.2 - MAY 10TH 1930
LONDON, UK

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Nobody's Brother - C. F. Griffin

HE CRIED OUT IN ANGUISH FOR LOVE...BUT FOUND ONLY LONELINESS TO LIVE AND DIE WITH


PANTHER BOOKS 1544
FIRST PRINTING JULY 1963
LONDON, UK
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY BARRIE& ROCKLIFFE 1960

If you're a slum kid you've got to be tough to survive, and Kenny is tough-on the surface. But his adolescence is a desperate struggle against a growing physical affliction. He suffers the nightmare of rejection, even by his 'hero' Dan, who has his own torments, a shameful obsession indulged only behind locked doors and with a girl friend who is a prostitute.

It is these dark secrets that lead to Kenny's final solitary act of horrifying destruction.

'DYNAMITE'
-N.Y. HERALD TRIBUNE

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Without Shame - Kitty Hanson

A Story of New York's Girl Gangs


TOWER BOOKS
NEW YORK, USA

This looks like/is the third edition of Rebel in the Streets with a new title and new cover art, that is a little more 'sleaze'. The title page still says Rebel in the Streets and the first printing date of 1964. There is no 'blurb' on the back cover, just part of the front cover in black and white. The inside of the front cover has "Also known as Rebel in the Streets" printed on it. It seems to me that Tower Books just re-covered old stock with a new sleazy Lesbian themed cover, maybe to cash in on a "sleaze" trend, just get rid off the dead stock or to fool people into thinking that they were getting a brand new book, whatever their reasons were, it's another cool book for us to collect!

Friday, 5 May 2017

Rebels In The Streets - Kitty Hanson

The Story of New York's Girl Gangs
A dramatic expose of one of the most shocking and least publicized problems of the big cities


HORWITZ PUBLICATIONS PB 228
FIRST PRINTING 1965
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Here is a strange and savage story of the Dagger Debs, a girl gang. Girls between childhood misbehavior and adult crime. Girls who get drunk on cheap wine and high marijuana. Girls who are profane, sexually promiscuous, aggressive and anti-social. Here is their gripping, shocking story. A piercing social document, it will hold you in profound fascination and utter disbelief.

Written by the author of award-winning "I Lived with a Teen-Gang," a series which appeared in the New York Daily News, REBELS IN THE STREETS is a compelling narrative, a truthful, moving portrait of the violence that courses through a great city, of those who try and stop it, and of the lives it touches and tears. It is a true story. Names and neighborhoods have been changed, but the people are real, the events are true.