Tuesday, October 26, 2010

"Bela Lugosi" from THE WORST!




From THE WORST! Josh Alan's original musical based on the life of Ed Wood.

THE WORST! is available on CD and digital download from CD Baby. Click here to purchase.

© 1994, 2010 Josh Alan Friedman
Video by Wyatt Doyle, with artwork by Drew Friedman (from WARTS AND ALL by Drew Friedman and Josh Alan Friedman). Visit DrewFriedman.net

Monday, October 25, 2010

CRACKER Talk: News & Reviews

Here are nine posts on Black Cracker, the novel, of particular interest:

"In these peculiar times when "political correctness" fights it out with Ann Coulter, while the rest of us keep our heads down, try and pretend that none of it matters, and avoid the tough questions, I simply can not recommend this book highly enough."
— The Hound, The Hound Blog

"What Friedman offers the reader is more like a rich look at a vanished world that was vaporizing just as his memory recorded it."

"Friedman splits sides, breaks hearts and always remains ruthlessly honest about the real world, a place that doesn't conform to the politically correct wishes of liberals or conservatives."
— Michael Simmons, "White Like Me," L.A. Weekly

"Against the background of civil rights and the shifting mores of the decade Friedman dramatizes with cinematic relish not only his unique childhood but a cast of local characters (in all senses of the word) that has lived inside of him for decades."
— Joe Bonomo, "Coming of Age With Josh Alan Friedman," No Such Thing As Was


"I just finished reading Black Cracker. Wow, whew, and Holy Sh_t."
— Georgina Spelvin, Georgina's World

"It's the funniest thing I've ever read, bar none."
— J.D. King, Drawger

"He's the kind of guy whose books are so fucking good that I never have any on my shelves; I'm always giving them away!"

See also:

D Magazine

Luke Ford

...And click here to read ten 5-star reviews on Amazon.com.

Black Cracker is, of course, available NOW; signed copies are available here.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Black Student Demands, 1970

Artifact from my high school in 1970 (long after Black Cracker):

(click to enlarge)

© 2010 Josh Alan Friedman

Thursday, October 14, 2010

WANTED! More Readers Like...

From the editor's desk:


Let 'er Rip! Mr. Taylor does the cover.

Visit the amazing Rip Taylor on his website here.

Black Cracker is available NOW; signed copies are available here.

photo © 2010 Wyatt Doyle

Monday, October 11, 2010

Josh Alan's "Thanksgiving at McDonald's..." in Los Angeles




Live at Alias Books in West L.A., July 2010. Part of New Texture Nights.

To purchase your digital copy of the original "Thanksgiving at McDonald's in Times Square" single, click here.

© 2010 Josh Alan, Wyatt Doyle

Thursday, October 7, 2010

WANTED! More Readers Like...

From the editor's desk:


Bonzo CRACKER!

The great Neil Innes—of The Rutles and The Bonzo Dog Band—does the cover.

Visit Neil online at the Innes Book of Records.

Black Cracker is available NOW; signed copies are available here.

photo © 2010 Wyatt Doyle

Monday, October 4, 2010

Josh's Lost New York: Don Normal of 42nd St. (Part 2)

Editor's note: Once more into the archives for another visit with Don Normal...
(Part 1 can be found here)

Photos by the great Regent Sound engineer, Vince McGarry












© 2010 Josh Alan Friedman, Vince McGarry

Josh's piece on Don Normal, "The Human Being of 42nd Street," can be found in his collection When Sex Was Dirty.