Friday, 31 March 2017

Viper - Raymond Thorp

THE TRUE AND TERRIFYING STORY OF A DRUG ADDICT


WDL BOOKS T.S.891
FIRST PRINTING 1960
LONDON, UK
FIRST PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY ROBERT HALE 1956

The Confessions of a Drug Addict

For the first time in this country since de Quincey, a drug addict has written his astounding confessions; a documentary that horrifies yet compels the reader to walk with Thorp into the half-light of London's drug world.

The author, a young clerk from suburbia, haunts the jazz clubs of Soho and finally begins to smoke Indian hemp - or marijuana. It is the first step on the road to prison and to a living death. Soon he is a "pusher" - agent for a drug ring selling hemp and heroin. He tells how London's two big dealers obtain their supplies, how they are distributed and where they are sold. Thorp holds nothing back. He writes of clubs and cafes where addicts gathered until Scotland Yard's vice squad, by raiding them, split up the gatherings. At one time he is living in a luxury flat, bought from the proceeds of illegal sales, but slowly he begins to slide to degradation.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Wild Water - Ray Slattery

The waves peaked like WoW and the fights got fiercer on the second leg of Rick and Jonnie's surfari shindig


HORWITZ PUBLICATIONS SURFARI HIGHWAY SERIES #2
FIRST PRINTING 1966
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Ever tried night surfing at Surfers with a curvey Italian bird?

Jonnie felt the swell beneath his board and looked beyond Maria to the beach, and beyond that. It was strange to see only the lights of the highway breaking the blackness, and the moving headlights of cars silent and ghost-like, flickering. "Let's try this one for size!" And together they cracked an enormous wave.

It was all darkness and dazzle, a black shine of water and the street lights tipping crazily in the distance. The sting of spray at his neck and shoulders and the uncanny life of the board beneath his feet were the only familiar sensations. He thought he heard Maria scream in the smashing thrill of the break as he swept into the beach.

He couldn't see her anywhere.

My God, where is she now, in the wild watery darkness of the night?

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

The Crucifiers - Carl Ruhen

She had broken their rules and knew she deserved to be punished


SCRIPTS BOOKS NO 6
FIRST PRINTING 1969
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

The Crucifiers were a gang of kids, wild kids who rode motorcycles and lived by their own laws.

Laws, not of the jungle, but of sadistic, perverse outlaws from society.

Their bikes were their lovers and their wives and their passports to power.

The girls who rode with them were possessions less exciting, less respected than their bikes. These girls, forced into promiscuity and a life of loveless sex, had only one function-to belong to the group and to obey its every rule.

When one girl disobeyed, she was nailed to a tree. But that was only the beginning of the horror. She was accused of treachery, of selling out to the cops, and that meant she would die, hard and nasty, when the gang found her again.

In the meantime, she found love with another haunted girl, but that love, like her whole life, was soon nailed to the wall...

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Quant By Quant


PAN BOOKS M209
FIRST PRINTING 1967
LONDON, UK
FIRST PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY CASSELL & CO 1966
COVER PHOTO BY DAVID BAILEY

'The girl who became the "enfant terrible" of British fashion tells the riotous St. Trinianite tale of her life, in a zooming high-octane series of intimate pen sketches...It's a frank, often outrageous, laugh-laden account of her headlong plunge to success'
EVENING NEWS

'Mary Quant's autobiography is a must, the success story not only of a young designer but also of the pop revolution'
ECONOMIST

'Mary Quant's story has all the fascination of her own gay and exciting whirl through the fashion world'
BIRMINGHAM EVENING MAIL

'There's hardly a single peaceful moment in Mary Quant's autobiography...and that's all absolutely right'
DAILY TELEGRAPH

Monday, 27 March 2017

The Savage Kick - Neil Pritchie

This is the life of Roy Haney, who moves through the wild hipster world of the new amoralists looking for...


GOLD MEDAL BOOKS 647
FIRST PRINTING 1963
LONDON, UK

a stud in samarkand

Peddling cut dope to the beats, blackmailing any welshers, nourishing himself on other men's women...Roy Haney doesn't bleed over a screwed-up world out for itself. Roy wants to hit bottom so he can look for the truth under the slime. Maybe Roy and Ava, his soft-mouthed 19-year-old goddess can make it together. Maybe.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

The Gods Of Our Time - Cothburn O'Neal

With Rusty it was always another fix...another woman


PANTHER BOOKS * 
FIRST PRINTING JANUARY 1964
LONDON, UK
FIRST PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY GIBBS & PHILLIPS 1962

"Oh, Rusty," she said. "Rusty, baby". She relaxed her grip and struggled to get her arms around my neck. I lifted her clear of the floor as my mouth found hers. Her lips were open, her tongue sweet and busy. 

"Hm-m-m," she moaned and pulled away slowly after long contact. She said "Now, Rusty, now!"

Rusty Meaghan had been a successful sportsman in college and was a talented musician. But suddenly he went on a mental bender in a 'beat' world of drugs, orgiastic parties, promiscuity-and tragedy.

*The publisher number is unreadable on my copy of this book.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Run Like A Thief - Michael Niall

An Exciting Novel By The Author Of BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK


MONARCH BOOKS 421
FIRST PRINTING MARCH 1964
DERBY, CONNECTICUT, USA
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY M.S.MILL AND WILLIAM MORROW 1962
COVER ART BY STAN BORACK

THE BARRACKS...

that's what the neighbors called the sprawling Old-Law tenement on Manhattan's East Side. Now empty of all but four apartments, it loomed dark and brooding, a magnet for violence while awaiting destruction.

Clem Regan was one of the four occupants of The Barracks. A simple man, Clem never looked for trouble. But trouble came with the teen-aged Elena-and a knife-wielding, vengeful gang. Then Frankie Zitek, an escaped murderer, found The Barracks a perfect hideout from the police.

From then on, the two threads of violence enmeshed Clem with ever-increasing tension, making his life a nightmare of terror.

All the chilling suspense that made Bad Day at Black Rock such a memorable book and movie distinguishes this latest novel by Michael Niall.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Buttons: The Making Of A President - Jamie Mandelkau


SPHERE BOOKS 58041
FIRST PRINTING 1971
LONDON, UK
FIRST PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY OPEN GATE BOOKS 1971
WITH EIGHT PAGES OF ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS

This is the true story of Buttons, President of the London Chapter of the Hell's Angels, England, as told to Jamie Mandelkau

Buttons traces the rise of the leader of Britain's Hells Angels from his days as a rocker, through his visit to the United States where he received his Angel colours, to his return and subsequent adventures in Britain. 

It is not a book for the squeamish: Hells Angels are not always gentle, nor does their life style always reflect the accepted norms of society. It is, however, an honest account of one part of the New Culture.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

The Mods - Sandra Lawrence

Her love for David would make her a social outcast but that love made Julie deaf to all advice


LANCER BOOKS 72-171
FIRST PRINTING 1967
NEW YORK, USA
A LANCER PHOTO NOVEL - NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED
COVER PHOTO BY PROFESSIONAL MODELS

Outcasts

David Johnson was the picture of the British Bohemian, the social outcast; an aimless and lawless person. Driving around London on his motorcycle looking for trouble was his idea of getting kicks. Then he met Julie. Julie Williams, the daughter of the man who was hated by the Johnson family for what he did to David's father years ago. Was this family hate to be carried on by David? Could he be in love with Julie and hate her father also?

Here is the touching story of two young people desperately seeking to find a haven for the love they shared; a love that was nor permitted by their families and friends, yet which had to survive because in their crazy, mixed up lives it was the one thing that was true.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Tristessa - Jack Kerouac

Kerouacs wildest tale of love. He says completely new and important things about the real tragedy of narcotics and prostitution.

Consul Books - Beatniks - Vintage Paperbacks

CONSUL BOOKS 235
FIRST PRINTING 1963
LONDON, UK
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY ANDRE DEUTSCH 1960

Here is a new novel, unlike anything you have ever read before. Jack Kerouac is an author of astonishing virtuosity. In spinning out this, his wildest tale of love, he says completely new and important things about the real tragedy of narcotics and prostitution. He tells the heart-breaking story of Tristessa, a girl of throat-stopping Aztec loveliness, eternally hooked on morphine, and a young American writer staggering between the forces of desire for her and horror for what she has become.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Daughter Oh My Daughter - Mildred Mesurac Jeffrey

An absorbing novel. Nothing since 'The Blackboard Jungle' has so stirred the reality of life in New York's slumland.

Vintage Paperbacks - Juvenile Delinquents

MAYFLOWER DELL 1670
FIRST PRINTING MAY 1966
LONDON, UK

The Girl...Natividad-Puerto Rican, black-eyed, feline, sensitive, savage; but loyal.

The Boy...Jose, teenage gang-leader-He wanted her for her budding breasts, and her sleek black hair. But most of all to win a five dollar bet.

The Mother...A prostitute-She wanted her daughter to learn the same trade and there-by increase the family income.

The Teacher...had learned to walk through the slum canyons, but she could not blind herself to the misery and violence in her own classroom.

An absorbing, colourful novel 'Intensely Dramatic'

Monday, 20 March 2017

The Losers - Clifford Irving

A REALISTIC NOVEL OF YOUTH IN REVOLT

Poular Library

POPULAR LIBRARY GIANT G311
FIRST PRINTING FEBRUARY 1959
NEW YORK, USA
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED BY COWARD-MCCANN OCTOBER 1957

THRILL CRAZED

This tense novel explores the inside-out world of those desperate youngsters who try every experiment to fill up their empty, thrill-crazed lives.

It's the deeply personal story of Dave Stern and Charlie Hall, two talented New York career boys, and the girls they exchanged for one mad week in Greenwich Village.

For one emotional risk led to others more reckless-until only violence could straighten out their tangled lives.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

H Is For Heroin - David Hulbard

A TEEN-AGE NARCOTIC TELLS HER STORY


DOUBLEDAY & CO 1952
NEW YORK, USA
COVER ART BY VINCENT NUCERA

This is the story of Amy Burton, seventee-year-old dope addict:

"It sure is a horrible life to lead, you can take that from me. Every time you go out of the house you think you're going to get busted. But when you're down all you want is another jolt.

"You're never normal when you're hooked, nothing you do is normal. And when you're down for a few hours, why, that just makes it worse. The longest I was off, while I was married to Eddy and living in Coast City, that is, was twelve or fourteen hours.

"Once when Eddy was working and I decided to clean the house up a little I found five caps Eddy'd stashed away someplace, so I called a girl friend and we jolted and went to a show. When Eddy came home I said I was sick, you know, like I was down, so he gave me a jolt like I hadn't had one all day. You don't care who you lie to when you're hooked. And you don't care what you do."

Saturday, 18 March 2017

So Sharp The Razor - Bruce Graeme

Bruce Graeme

HUTCHINSON & CO 1955
LONDON, UK
COVER ART BY LEY KENYON

THIS drama of Alf Betts and the Tiger Boys is a shockingly realistic and macabre story of London's adolescent hooligans; and few readers will deny that So Sharp The Razor is an arresting and strangely poignant novel of why juvenile crime is on the increase. Nor will there be many who can read this story without experiencing a disconcerting conviction that if we could secure for the teenagers of our larger cities happier and more comfortable homes for their formative years; green playing fields instead of bombed-sites for their robust games; worthier subjects for their conversation than sex and sadism, crime and coppers; if in fact, we assured for them these very ordinary amenities of civilisation, then there would be no Tiger Boys, no River Boys, no razor slashings, no gang rivalries, no futile murders of young Sams.

But, in those happier circumstances, this story could not have been written, and we should have been deprived of a dynamic and fast-moving tale that loses nothing by having real life for its inspiration.

Friday, 17 March 2017

On Prescription Only - Jean Freustie

Elek Books - Drugs

ELEK BOOKS 
FIRST PRINTING 1954
LONDON, UK
COVER ART BY DERRICK SAYER

On his own prescription, a doctor obtains the drugs for which he craves. This story of a drug addict is told with intense frankness, maturity and realism, indicating autobiographical origin. Michael Louviot, a French Army doctor, finds himself cooling his heels in Algiers during the last war after the fall of France. Even the arrival of the Allies does not bring him active participation in the war and slowly he succumbs to the stagnant hopelessness of waiting. In the course of a love-affair with a colleague's wife, a drug addict, he injects himself for the first time and is set on the road he is to follow with tragic persistence. His decline and gradual disintegration are described vividly, yet at no point is the reader wholly alienated or made unsympathetic, for the the man's personality is not completely destroyed, even by degradation. A twilight world of intoxication is brilliantly conveyed, giving the book complete authenticity and making its reading a memorable and lasting experience.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Jailbait Street - Hal Ellson

She Belonged To Every Boy In The Gang

Monarch Books

MONARCH BOOKS 399
FIRST PRINTING DECEMBER 1963
DERBY, CONNECTICUT, USA
COVER ART BY RAY JOHNSON

JAILBAIT STREET

Running Wild from darkness till dawn-snatching at love in deserted alleys or lonely rooftops-today's tough juvenile punks have turned our city streets into asphalt jungles of terror and lawlessness.

This is the savagely realistic story of teen-age gang-the Sultans-and their mixed-up leader, Silkie Meegan, whose desperate search for manhood drove him into frenzied excesses of violence and vice...

From the vengeance beating with bicycle chains of a rival gang...to the degraded sharing of sweet, virginal Carol with the rest of his gang. And finally to the fateful family feud with his own father over Charlotte-his father's prostitute mistress-who first taught Silkie her own kind of Jailbait Street love, then hired him to dig up new "business" for her.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Burial Of The Fruit - David Dortort

A GRIPPING NOVEL OF YOUTH IN THE SLUMS

Avon Books

AVON BOOKS 183
AVON REPRINT EDITION 1948
NEW YORK, USA
COVER ART BY ANN CANTOR

Conflict, Romance and Tragedy in the Slums of Brooklyn

What makes a boy or girl go bad? Why do some of the boys and girls of our city slums succumb so quickly to moral decay? In this tensely realistic novel of slums and gangs, of bitter love and violent death, much of the bitter truth is unashamedly revealed.

In these pages we live and die with young "Honey" Halpern through his hot-blooded, tragic career. From his neglected boyhood in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, he rose to be trigger-man for Lupo's mob of thugs and poolroom racketeers. When his best friend was killed, Honey only lived for revenge-until a new passion entered his life. Beautiful Renee was, like himself, a slum product, a devil-may-care girl pushed around by life. It may be that he shouldn't have loved her, body and soul, the way he did. But like all men, Honey had a good side too, and this new love proved it even to himself.

In this arresting novel David Dortort has given us a searing picture of the conflict of love and evil-of passion and criminal violence-in the mind and heart of one young man. When you have read BURIAL OF THE FRUIT, you will probably say, as the noted journalist Gerald W. Johnson said, that it is truly "A powerful and beautiful piece of work."

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Mama - Peter Cave

CHOPPER MAY BE DEAD BUT HIS GIRL LIVES ON

New English Library

NEW ENGLISH LIBRARY 450 01454 1
THIRD EDITION JUNE 1973
LONDON, UK

CHOPPER MAY BE DEAD BUT HIS GIRL LIVES ON
A MOTORCYCLE GROUPIE BECOMES QUEEN OF THE HELL'S ANGELS

Monday, 13 March 2017

Night Is For Violence - David Bateson

Juvenile Delinquents

ROBERT HALE LIMITED
FIRST PRINTING 1958
LONDON, UK

A THOUSAND pounds is a mountain of money-when you're broke. That's how Paul Hamilton felt before the cheque came. And when the big windfall arrived, he made plans for spending the money abroad, on his own.

But he hadn't bargained for the intrusion of his wayward wife. Nor had he expected to become entangled with a bunch of teenage delinquents, such as left-handed Nick, a youth with a grudge against society; and Jennie, a pale-faced girl in jeans, struggling towards womanhood through vandalism and scandal. And he hadn't foreseen Diane Summers, mature, good for him, and desirable; nor, somewhere out of sight, the Violent One, with a mind full of hatred and murder.

In The Soho Jungle David Bateson exposed a vice racket in London's seamiest quarter. Now he offers a story of the all-too-prevalent vicious crimes in the darker streets and alleys of any city...your city.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

It's A Swinging Life - Johannes Allen

New English Library

NEL FOUR SQUARE 2137
FIRST PRINTING MAY 1968
LONDON, UK
FIRST PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY THE HOGARTH PRESS 1966

Copenhagen. A city of bars, brothels and the good life. For some, a life bordering on the hysteria, boredom and spiritual bankruptcy. Martin Finch, an aspiring writer, returns to this. Here is Fritz, the old friend who runs an unsuccessful literary magazine. Here is Frank, Anita's smooth and heartless lover. Finally, here is Lulu, who becomes Martin's mistress.

The brittle, feverish surface of life is shattered when Anita takes a trip too many and commits suicide, and martin releases upon Frank al his pent-up fury and frustration.

A successor to the best-selling YOUNG LOVE, this is a vital novel of today, epitomizing the younger generation's moral and social dilemma.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Marilyn Monroe - Maurice Zolotow

"Astonishingly intimate...shockingly frank"
-N.Y.JNL. AMERICAN

Panther Books

PANTHER BOOKS 1327
FIRST PANTHER EDITION FEBRUARY 1962
LONDON, UK
FIRST PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY W.H.ALLEN 1961

"REALISTIC, SHOCKINGLY FRANK...DOES NOT SPARE ITS SUBJECT THE TELLING OF HER UTMOST INTIMACIES"
-San Francisco Examiner

A girl-plain, born out of wedlock, violated as a child...

A woman-beautiful, internationally famous, acknowledged as an accomplished actress...

What possible connection could there be between these two? In this fascinating and compelling book, Maurice Zolotow, who spent six years finding out, provides the answers....

Friday, 10 March 2017

Jadie Greenway - I. S. Young

THE STORY OF A GIRL'S FIGHT FOR DECENCY IN BROOKLYN'S HARLEM

Avon Books

AVON 269
AVON REPRINT EDITION 1950
NEW YORK, USA
FIRST PRINTED IN HARDBACK BY CROWN PUBLISHERS 1947

The Realistic Story of a Girl Delinquent

Young Jadie Greenway was hard. On the squalid slum-streets where she was raised, a girl had to fight to survive...and fiery-spirited Jadie, demanding every child's right to grow up into decent maturity, never ceased fighting.

This powerfully realistic story of an adolescent girl's struggle against a brutal environment and easy temptations makes gripping reading. Seldom has Avon been privileged to bring its readers so authentic an indictment of one of society's most shocking flaws. The meaning of JADIE GREENWAY is starkly implicit in every scene, on every exciting page.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

The Circle Of Guilt - Frederic Wertham M.D.

Frederick Wertham

DOBSON BOOKS 
FIRST EDITION 1958
LONDON, UK

DR WERTHAM has had many years' experience with disturbed and delinquent youngsters. His newest book exposes the sobering facts and hidden causes behind one of America's most shocking murders-the true story of Frank Santana, the so-called 'hoodlum' who killed the so-called 'model boy', Billy Blankenship, in a New York street fight.

In this book he describes how a psychiatrist examines a case and tries to understand the psychological and social background. He has here set down what he found when called in by the defence to examine the seventeen-year-old Santana.

A fatherless boy, oldest in a family which had recently moved from Puerto Rico, Santana had belonged to a stick-ball club which had evolved into a gang for self-protection. All members were Puerto Ricans living in a neighborhood where prejudice against them was very strong. What is not generally known is that his victim was also a member of a gang which made practice of beating up Puerto Ricans. Tragedy was inevitable, and actually both boys were victims of their environment and the standards they had been taught to accept. If all the clues are followed, the circle of guilt enlarges in every case. A lesser plea (of second degree murder) was accepted in the case and the damning data Dr Wertham has included here was never heard in court. This book is a plea for understanding, published with the hope that it may guide others concerned with building ethical and social standards of the young.

G.A. Lyward, of Mr Lyward's Answer, relates Dr Wertham's findings and thesis to contemporary England and emphasizes their importance for us.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

I Swing - Mamie Van Doren

The uninhibited, uncensored, heretofore unpublished autobiography-behind-the-autobiography of the one sex symbol whose naked private life is even more shocking than her nude screen image...

Novel Books

NOVEL BOOKS 7N769
FIRST PRINTING 1965
CHICAGO, USA

For the first time, the one and only Mamie tells all, revealing everything on subjects ranging from...

HER MOTHER'S ADVICE

My mother turned to me and appeared to be angry with me. "Let that be a lesson to you," she muttered. Even when you wear a bra."

to

NUDE PHOTOS

I think I should talk about the endless procession of still photographs that are passed around in Hollywood which show various stars in various stages of undress and in peculiar positions...

to

LIZ TAYLOR

Liz is dumpy. Her legs are too short and she is built to close to the ground. She is heavy.

to 

MARILYN MONROE

The sweater was loose but not loose enough to hide firm large bosoms and her duck pants held tightly to her buttocks for all to be fascinated. To me and to everyone there she had an animal magnetism that yelled, "woman-woman-woman..." My desire...

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

The Cool Book - Art Unger

A Teen-Ager's Guide To Survival In A Square Society


MONARCH SELECT BOOKS MS21
FIRST MONARCH PRINTING SEPTEMBER 1963
FIRST PUBLISHED BY PRENTICE-HALL INC 1961
ILLUSTRATED BY CHRISTIANE CASSAN

Start living the c-o-o-l way...
Find out how to...

Ask for a Date
Talk to a Date
Choose a College
Find a Summer Job
Hold on to a Steady
Break off with a Steady
Get Asked to the Prom
Get Along with your Family
Meet the Class Dreamboat

Here's a book that swings for real! It tells all the "ins" and "outs" about everything from choosing a career to things to do on a date besides necking! Plus the coolest, newest "Beatnik" and "Martian" jokes going.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Baron's Court, All Change - Terry Taylor

A young man's diary about London
....the darker side of London....


FOUR SQUARE BOOKS 1231
FIRST FOUR SQUARE EDITION 1965
LONDON, UK
FIRST PUBLISHED IN HARDBACK BY MACGIBBON & KEE 1961

'The place where I live is called Greater London. To get to the London which isn't so great you have to board a tube train which goes on a twenty minute journey above ground till you come to a station called Baron's Court...At that point, where the train first goes into the tunnel, you are leaving Greater London, where the natives starve themselves to buy a new car...and enter the manor of the real London'.

The hero of this novel, a shocking engaging teenage refugee from Greater London, recounts his experiences of the real London. Here he joins a Spiritualist group where he finds a woman who supervises his initiation into more earthly mysteries. A meeting in a jazz club leads him into partnership with a dope peddlar. From then on things begin to move fast-too fast...

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Mix Me A Person - Jack Trevor Story



W.H. ALLEN 
FIRST PRINTING 1959
LONDON, UK
COVER ART BY 'KING'

At a time when most crime stories conform increasingly to one or two well-worn patterns, it is refreshing to come across so original a writer as Jack Trevor Story, whose short novel, The Trouble with Harry, was made into a successful film by Alfred Hitchcock. This new book, his first full-length thriller, is a thoroughly unusual, originally planned and entertaining novel.

Harry Jukes is a rock 'n' roll, skiffle-playing Teddy Boy convicted of the murder of a policeman, but Dr. Anne Dyson, a young and somewhat unconventional psychiatrist, is convinced he is innocent, and sets out to prove it. How she does so keeps the reader spellbound.

The author's huge sense of humour gives the book an altogether unexpected quality, and his ingenious weaving of plot and sub-plot compels attention. This book is at the same time a cynical and sentimental, a crude and accomplished, slice of life-in fact an explosive experiment in impudence which adds up to one of the most inventive thrillers in years.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

The Immortal - Walter Ross


FREDERICK MULLER LTD
FIRST PRINTING 1958
LONDON, UK

Johnny Preston, the handsome, tough idol of a million teenage fans, was born into a crazy, mixed-up generation of postwar American adolescence. Soon his ability to convey emotion on a movie screen made him one of its leading representatives. But adulation wasn't enough for Johnny. He had to move faster and live wilder than everyone else. He had to drive his car hard and fly a 'plane carelessly, for kicks-and one day that was the end of Johnny Preston.

With a major film starring Preston still to be released, the studio wasn't talking much about the ghoulish free publicity that it was getting from the teenagers, who rioted around his grave chanting that Johnny wasn't dead.

Others were not so reticent. There was a woman, old enough to know better, but, like the others, tempted by the something that hung like a charm around Johnny Preston. She kept a diary. The girl from the acting school had a shorthand record of her life with Johnny. The psychoanalyst whose male patient initiated Johnny into homosexuality had only to go to his detailed, clinical file. The film starlet talked off the record to a journalist about her relationship with Johnny, and it was a lot franker than the article which subsequently appeared in a magazine. And there was a press agent who had a couple of things to add about a personality that was extravagant even by Hollywood standards.

In this novel Walter Ross builds up, with astonishing skill, a character-study of a talented young man who sought the unattainable and who became so much a part of the world of illusion and shadow that he seemed to exist even after his death.

Friday, 3 March 2017

The Cool Crowd - Albert T. Quandt

The story of Vinnie-
Lolita of the New York Streets


PAPERBACK LIBRARY 52-224
FIRST PRINTING JULY 1963
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AS CELLAR CLUB 1951

vinnie

At fourteen she was ripe with knowledge of sex and every kind of evil. Her companions were cool, hard-eyed young hoodlums. Her meeting places were the cellar clubs of New York's West Side. The price of swinging with Vinnie was to offer her a new kind of kick.

Shocking, explosive, savagely realistic-a frightening novel of today's thrill-hungry youth