Shock Value

Shock Value : A Tasteful Book About Bad Taste

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To me, bad taste is what entertainment is all about. If someone vomits watching one of my films, it's like getting a standing ovation. Thus begins John Waters's autobiography. And what a story it is. Opening with his upbringing in Baltimore (Charm City as dubbed by the tourist board; the hairdo capital of the world as dubbed by Waters), it covers his friendship with his muse and leading lady, Divine, detailed accounts of how Waters made his first movies, stories of the circle of friends/actors he used in these films, and finally the sort-of fame he achieves in America. Complementing the text are dozens of fabulous old photographs of Waters and crew. Here is a true love letter from a legendary filmmaker to his friends, family, and fans.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 180 x 253 x 13mm | 462g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 3rd edition
  • Photographs
  • 1560256982
  • 9781560256984
  • 107,399

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"The memoirs of John Waters are as outrageous and entertaining as his films."
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About Simon Doonan

John Waters has written and directed twelve films, including Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Hairspray, Cecil B. DeMented, and the Fall '04 release A Dirty Shame. He's also written four books and been referenced in countless others. The 2003 Broadway production of Hairspray was nominated for thirteen Tony Awards and won eight, sweeping the main musical categories with best musical, best actor, best actress, and best direction. The runaway success of Hairspray has put Waters squarely in mainstream American culture.
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