The follow-up to Hos, Hookers, Call Girls and Rent Boys, the groundbreaking anthology that appeared up on the cover of the New York Times Book Review. “Eye-opening, astonishing, brutally honest and frequently funny… unpretentious and riveting — graphic, politically incorrect and mostly unquotable in this newspaper.”
Johns, Marks, Tricks and Chickenhawks: Professionals & The Clients Writing about Each Other editors: David Sterry & RJ Martin
Soft Skull Press, March 12, 2013
Page Count: 220
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The Worst of While You Were Sleeping
This is a 496-page compilation of The Worst of While You Were Sleeping magazine. With over 900 images of the graffiti crazed, boozed-up partiers, and scantily clad ladies that were WYWS, this magazine content pushed the envelop of morality, sanity, and maturity.
Features Shawna’s profiles of Gary Coleman, Joe Strummer, Selene Luna, the Distillers and a 95-year-old “club kid.” Photos of Gary Coleman by Shawna’s husband, Rich Dolinger.
The Worst of While You Were Sleeping editor: Roger Gastman
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (June 28, 2012)
Page Count: 496
For nearly 30 years, Madonna has been at the center of the media spotlight. She has sold more than 200 million records worldwide, launched her own record label, headlined an Oscar-award-winning film, authored bestselling books for both adults and children, inspired global street-fashion trends, and instigated international debates over a range of feminist issues from sexual fetish to adoption ethics. Masterfully harnessing her talent and power to navigate her ascent to stardom, she has become the very definition of iconic.
Madonna and Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop editor: Laura Barcella
Soft Skull Press; Original edition (March 6, 2012)
Page Count: 272
Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boys: Professionals Writing on Life, Love, Money, and Sex
Says Toni Bentley of the NY Times Book Review: “This collection is a wonderful reminder that good writing is not about knowing words, grammar or Faulkner, but having that rare ability to tell the truth, an ability that education and sophistication often serve to conceal. While we are all, I suppose, in the business of surviving, some really are surviving more notably than others. The collective cry for identity found in this unsentimental compilation will resonate deeply — even, I suspect, with those among us who pretend not to pay for sex.”
Features Shawna’s story “Seven Minutes”.
Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boys: Professionals Writing on Life, Love, Money, and Sex editors: David Henry Sterry and R. J. Martin Jr.
Soft Skull Press; Original edition (July 7, 2009)
Page Count: 333
My First Time. A Collection of First Punk Show Stories
Everyone remembers their first punk show.
Contributors include: George Hurchalla, Harrison Haynes, Jack Rabid, Rob Fish, Joe Queer, Shawna Kenney, Chris Rest, Al Quint, Ben Sizemore, Boff Whalley, Shannon Stewart, Pete Slovenly, Paul Curran, Darren Walters, Scott Kelly, Jillian Lauren, Scott Bourne, and many, many more.
My First Time: A Collection of First Punk Show Stories editor: Chris Duncan
AK Press (May 1, 2007)
Page Count: 225
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Without a Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class (Live Girls)
While many recent books have thoughtfully examined the plight of the working poor in America, none of the authors of these books is able to claim a working-class background, and there are associated methodological and ethical concerns raised when most of the explicatory writing on how poverty affects women and girls is done by educated, upper-class journalists. It was these concerns that prompted indie icon Michelle Tea—whose memoir, The Chelsea Whistle, details her own working-class roots in gritty Chelsea, Massachusetts—to collect these fierce, honest, tender essays written by writers who can’t go home to the suburbs when their assignment is over. These wide-ranging essays cover everything from stealing and selling blood to make ends meet; to “jumping” class; how if time equals money, then being poor means waiting; surviving and returning to the ghetto; and how feminine identity is shaped by poverty.
Contributors include Dorothy Allison, Diane Di Prima, Terri Griffith, Daisy Hernandez, Frances Varian, Eileen Myles, Shawna Kenney, Siobhan Brooks, Terry Ryan, and more.
Features “Something From Nothing” by Shawna Kenney.
Without a Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class (Live Girls) editor: Michelle Tea
Seal Press (February 6, 2004)
Page Count: 256
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Pills, Thrills, Chills and Heartache: Adventures in the First Person
Thirty-seven writers. One rule. Each story must be told in the first person. Clint Catalyst (Cottonmouth Kisses) and Michelle Tea (The Chelsea Whistle) bring together what can only be described as a dream cast of literature’s new avant-garde, sandwiched with a few writers appearing in print for the first time. Catalyst calls the end product “a wonderful sampling of oddities, like a dangerous box of chocolates or an unmarked prescription bottle.” Oddities? Oh, yeah. These stories offer scary, funny, chaotic, moving, poignant, intimate glimpses into lives on the fringe, and they will get you up close and personal with speed freaks, scat freaks, gender benders, shoplifters, sober virgins, cybersexualists, Tourette’s syndrome fetishists, and even a naked Butoh dancer. What can we say? We’re not sure if we’re proud or if we should apologize!
Features “Shiny Baubles” by Shawna Kenney.
Pills, Thrills, Chills, and Heartache: Adventures in the First Person editors: Clint Catalyst and Michelle Tea
Alyson Books; 1 edition (February 1, 2004)
Page Count: 328
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Adult Crash – Photographs By Dave Brown
Adult Crash: Photographs by Dave Brown (Vicious Circle Records). Features over 400 photos on 88 pages from Punk/Hardcore shows from 1988 to the present. Features write ups about surviving the adult crash.
Click here to hear DISSONANCE, a biweekly harDCore show broadcasting on 97.5 FM Radio CPR, Washington, DC, hosted by Danger Mike. This episode, entitled “Adult Crash” and recorded on September 30, 2008, features Dave Brown and Dave Byrd (Striking Distance, Set to Explode) as guest DJs. Brown promotes Adult Crash in this podcast.
Adult Crash – Photographs By Dave Brown photographs by Dave Brown
Vicious Circle (2008)
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Putting Your Passion into Print
How to get a book published remains a mystery to most aspiring authors. Literary agent/author Arielle Eckstut and author/performer David Sterry demystify the publishing process and explain how anyone can put his personal passion into print. Readers will learn how to find a top-of-the-heap idea, come up with a blockbuster title, write a door-opening query letter, create an air-tight proposal, find the perfect, agent, editor and publisher, get people to actually buy their book, and much more.
“This book demystifies the process of getting published and is a must-have for every aspiring writer with a dream to see his or her passion in print. With input from agents, editors, and writers, this book is thorough, forthright, and importantly, also quite entertaining.” — Khaled Hosseini, author of The Kite Runner.
Putting Your Passion into Print by Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry
Workman Publishing (July 18, 2005)
Page Count: 448
Let Fury Have the Hour: The Punk Rock Politics of Joe Strummer
Joe Strummer’s untimely death at the age of fifty in December 2002 took from us one of the truly unique voices of modern music. The quintessential Rude Boy, punker, rebel musician, artist and activist, Strummer wrote some of the most important and influential music of the last century including “Guns of Brixton,” “The Washington Bullets,” “Spanish Bombs,” “White Man in Hammersmith Palace,” “London’s Burning,” “Lost in the Supermarket,” and “Garageland.” Effectively melding raw creativity with radical politics, Strummer transformed punk rock from its early associations with reactionary, right wing and nihilistic politics into a social movement. From Rock Against Racism to the Anti-Nazi League Festival to supporting the H-Block protests, Strummer and The Clash led the charge for human rights. Let Fury Have the Hour collects articles, interviews, essays and reviews that chronicle Strummer’s life both as a musician and a political activist. Included in this collection are essays and interviews by Antonino D’Ambrosio, alongside contributions from Peter Silverton, Barry Miles, Anya Philips, Sylvia Simmons, Vic Garbarini, Caroline Coons, Todd Martens, Joel Schalit and others. This book also includes original lyrics, photography, art, posters, and flyers, and offers the first serious examination of the life of this extraordinary man.
Let Fury Have the Hour: The Punk Rock Politics of Joe Strummer editor: Antonino Dambrosio
Nation Books (November 3, 2004)
Page Count: 320
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The Underground Guide to Los Angeles
“You want edgy, go for Pleasant Gehman’s Underground Guide to Los Angeles, which packs more piss, energy, raw interest and just-plain useful info into its 240 pages than the usual businesslike fluff from Fodor’s.”—LA Voice
In The Underground Guide to Los Angeles you can find all the usual stuff—like theme parks and landmarks and famous restaurants—but there’s also all this insider stuff that no tourist books would ever mention . . . like the best car-wash taco stands, places rock stars died, weird architecture, underground art galleries, Charles Bukowski’s grave, cool swap meets, tranny hooker dive bars . . . whatever. A lot of locals actually buy it for the information on cheap eats, wild entertainment, and queer, punk, and kink scenes.
Shawna Kenney wrote the “punk LA” chapter to this alternative travel reference.
Also includes chapters by Pleasant Gehman, Iris Berry, Suzy Beal, S.A. Griffin, Dan Epstein, Nancy Whalen, Karen Cusolito, E.A. Gehman, Jayson Marston, MX Lingua, Aida Cynthia DeSantis, Libby Molyneaux and Joe Hill, Mary Herczog, Anthony Bernal, and Margaret Cho.
The Underground Guide to Los Angeles editors: Pleasant Gehman and Iris Berry
Manic D Press, Inc.; 3 edition (October 1, 2006)
Page Count: 240
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Ettiquette For Outlaws
From Publisher’s Weekly: “Advising on badass behaviors from body piercing to fetish clubs to Harley protocol to getting in with “the professionals” rock star, porn star, dominatrix, gang-banger these hipsters, in a markedly unhip and risky moment of generosity, welcome readers into the cognoscenti. In a delightful blend of irony and gravitas, Cohen and Wollock reveal, at long last, the secret recipe and ingredients for cool.”
Etiquette for Outlaws by Rob Cohen and David Wollock
It Books; 1 edition (May 8, 2001)
Page Count: 320