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By Tom Brinkmann – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk The Flip Side of Popular Culture As Seen Through Magazines and Tabloids BAD MAGS illuminates the darker recesses of pop lit focusing upon magazines and tabloids that had articles and features on vario The Flip Side of Popular Culture As The Strangest, Kindle Õ Seen Through Magazines and Tabloids BAD MAGS illuminates the darker recesses of pop lit focusing upon magazines and tabloids that had articles and features on various themes of interest such as, Mondo Bizarre, Sexploitation, Sharon Tate, Charles Manson, Ed Wood, Outlaw Bikers, Devilish Men s Mags, Violent World, Punks, and pre code comic book artist turned pulp publisher Myron Fass, as well as pieces on Rene Bond, Criswell, Titus Moody, and others BAD MAGS gives background info and Bad Mags: Epub / publisher details on most titles covered, along with anecdotal information BAD MAGS includes entries on such titles as Violent World, Crime Does Not Pay, Sluts Slobs, Official UFO, Mobs and Gangs, Bizarre Life, True Sex Crimes, Colors Motorcycle Magazine, Shocker, Love In, Horror Fantasy, Wildest Films, National Enquirer, Esquire, National Informer, Punk Sex, Horror Sex Tales, Freakout, Biker Orgy, Bitchcraft, National Insider, Way Out, and hundreds. This book will appeal to fans of the wilder fringes of the popular culture of the 1960s and 1970s The sleazier magazines found on U.S newsstands in that era were another world This first volume of Brinkman s two volume overview is divided into four sections devoted to soft porn magazines sexploitation film magazines magazine coverage of outlaw bikers and trash film director Ed Wood s fiction and non fiction writing for magazines Brinkman writes about these magazines with a fanatic s eye This book will appeal to fans of the wilder fringes of the popular culture of the 1960s and 1970s The sleazier magazines found on U.S newsstands in that era were another world This first volume of Brinkman s two volume overview is divided into four sections devoted to soft porn magazines sexploitation film magazines magazine coverage of outlaw bikers and trash film director Ed Wood s fiction and non fiction writing for magazines Brinkman writes about these magazines with a fanatic s eye for detail and an enthusiasm for their weirdness I wish he d been able to include larger illustrations andin colour There are four pages of colour reproductions of magazine covers The rest of the illustrations covers, page spreads, etc are black and white and many of the covers are small But this is enough to illustrate and to whet the appetite If you want to see large colour reproductions of the covers of these kinds of magazines you can find them on the net In fact the Bad Mags Facebook page is worth following if you want to see a flood of great pulp magazine covers.One of the things I like about sixties sexploitation films is that many of them are mind blowingly eccentric When audiences were paying to see nudity and they didn t really care about the context in which it occurred, it could have a liberating influence on film makers They could put any weird idea that was passing through their head up on the screen It didn t matter People would pay to see the film either way And, apparently, this same principle applied with many of the girlie magazines of that era They had to contain a certain amount of text in order to demonstrate that they had literary or educational value Just pictures was not allowed But since the words weren t what most people were buying the magazines for, they could slap together any nonsense they wanted, and many did Brinkman gives plenty of choice passages of bizarre insanity In the late sixties the magazines gave a lot of coverage to the hippies after all hippies liked to get naked and LSD use And it sounds as if those producing the magazines were under the influence of such chemicals themselves a lot of the time In some cases the photos and artwork would get psychedelic as well with jumbled photo and clip art montages being common Here is an example from 1970 It comes from a magazine called Eve It is the intro to the magazine apparently published beneath a close up photo of a spread vagina On the short river of mankind, 1900 was a ripple ago Christ writhed screaming that you were both man and god, just downstream But your next 30 years shall equal mankind s progress of the preceding 30 million What will you be like then, when humans near maturity as a species, when we contact the higher intelligences of the universe, when you know your eternal soul as well as your toes What will nudism mean thenwhat will sex be then Fading grey from the knowledge of good and evil, the nothing sins, Eve outstretched her arm through the morning mistsand time froze on earth Life and death, until sin was paid for You are the last of the debtors, and your sentence is served Eve holds her hand to youshall you embrace her flesh or grab the apple The next section deals with the magazines devoted to sexploitation films This will be of interest to fans of these films, but really we are in similar territory to the other soft porn magazines as the saucy photos were the main point of these magazines, so some magazines would attribute a bunch of photos to film that didn t exist, a lot of coverage was of short loops rather than features, many photos were published with no captions to say what film they were from and, when real feature films were covered, it tended to be many of the same ones over and over again Still it is fun to read about these lurid magazines and see some of their covers.The section on outlaw bikers compares the sensationalistic media coverage of these groups with later magazines such as Colors and Easyriders which were a mouthpiece for the bikers themselves Brinkman has a particular fascination with actor, director and motorcyclist Titus Moody who provided and posed in a lot of nudie photos for the soft porn mags, was a major source of stills for the sexploitation movie magazines and was a friend of the bikers, directing a very early half hour documentary about them Outlaw Motorcycles 1966 There is a short essay on Moody at the end of the first section of the book.For Ed Wood fans, the last section of the book is a must Wood directed his last movie a hardcore porn film called The Young Marrieds in 1971 But from the late sixties into the mid seventies he wrote scores of porno paperbacks and articles and short stories for sleazy magazines Judging by some of the extracts from his magazine stories included here he sometimes wrote very well in the sensationalistic pulp style The subject matter of his stories if often pretty gross sex crazed monsters, rape, necrophilia Brinkman also gives some coverage to appearances in the trash magazines of Wood associates Vampira, Bunny Breckenridge, Criswell, Rene Bond and Lynn Harris Of particular interest is a gossip magazine story involving Vampira, voodoo and the death of James Dean and a story in a joke tabloid about Lynn Harris growing a giant black penis
- 312 pages
- Bad Mags: The Strangest, Sleaziest, and Most Unusual Periodicals Ever Published!
- Tom Brinkmann
- 19 June 2018 Tom Brinkmann