Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats
Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats

Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats

Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950 to 1980

Edited by Iain McIntyre, Edited by Andrew Nette, Foreword by Peter Doyle

SOCIAL SCIENCE

336 Pages, 8 x 10

Formats: Trade Paper, Mobipocket, PDF, EPUB

Trade Paper, $29.95 (US $29.95) (CA $33.95)

Publication Date: December 2017

ISBN 9781629634388

Rights: WOR X UK

PM Press (Dec 2017)

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Overview

The first comprehensive account of how the rise of postwar youth culture was depicted in mass-market pulp fiction. As the young created new styles in music, fashion, and culture, pulp fiction shadowed their every move, hyping and exploiting their behavior, dress, and language for mass consumption and cheap thrills. With their lurid covers and wild, action-packed plots, these books reveal as much about society's deepest desires and fears as they do about the subcultures themselves. Featuring approximately 400 full-color covers, many of them never before reprinted, along with 70 in-depth author interviews, illustrated biographies, and previously unpublished articles, the book goes behind the scenes to look at the authors and publishers, how they worked, where they drew their inspiration and—often overlooked—the actual words they wrote. It is a must read for anyone interested in pulp fiction, lost literary history, retro and subcultural style, and the history of postwar youth culture.

Reviews

"Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats is populated by the bad boys and girls of mid-twentieth-century pulp fiction. Rumblers and rebels, beats and bikers, hepcats and hippies—pretty much everybody your mother used to warn you about. Nette and McIntyre have curated a riotous party that you won't want to leave, even though you might get your wallet stolen or your teeth kicked in at any given moment." —Duane Swierczynski, two-time Edgar nominee, author of Canary and Revolver 

"The underbelly of literature has been ignored for too long. This book redresses that imbalance, as over twenty authors explore low-life fiction in Australia, the UK, and the USA. Thoughtfully written and delightfully accessible, this is a book for all seasoned readers." —Toni Johnson-Woods, author of Pulp: A Collector's Book of Australian Pulp Fiction Covers

"The authors of this volume have paid their dues. They've haunted the junk shops and flea markets, combed through the ratty cardboard boxes, smelled the mildew, inhaled the dust. They've turned a fresh and fearless eye to the unambiguously collectible, blue-ribbon 1950s and '60s pulps, and then turned that same awareness to later material, from the '70s—and they've identified a surprisingly durable pulp tradition which we can refer to as 'tribe pulp,' a tradition which to my knowledge hasn't been really named till now, certainly not as clearly and cogently as here." —From the foreword by Peter Doyle, author of City of Shadows and The Big Whatever

"The underbelly of literature has been ignored for too long. This book redresses that imbalance, as over twenty authors explore low-life fiction in Australia, the UK, and the USA. Thoughtfully written and delightfully accessible, this is a book for all seasoned readers." —Toni Johnson-Woods, author of Pulp: A Collector's Book of Australian Pulp Fiction Covers

"The authors of this volume have paid their dues. They've haunted the junk shops and flea markets, combed through the ratty cardboard boxes, smelled the mildew, inhaled the dust. They've turned a fresh and fearless eye to the unambiguously collectible, blue-ribbon 1950s and '60s pulps, and then turned that same awareness to later material, from the '70s—and they've identified a surprisingly durable pulp tradition which we can refer to as 'tribe pulp,' a tradition which to my knowledge hasn't been really named till now, certainly not as clearly and cogently as here." —From the foreword by Peter Doyle, author of City of Shadows and The Big Whatever

"Most eye-catchingly, Girl Gangs brings together the most outlandish, hilarious and beautiful pulp cover-art . . . . If anything, the book is an important attempt to present the history of the pulp novel as a site of valid cultural importance and fascination." —MOJO Magazine

Author Biography

Peter Doyle is an Australian author, musician, and visual artist. His book Get Rich Quick won the 1996 Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel. Iain McIntyre is a Melbourne-based author, musician, and community radio broadcaster, who has written a variety of books on activism, history, and music. Andrew Nette is a writer and pulp scholar based in Melbourne, Australia. He is one of the founders of Crime Factory Publications and coedited Hard Labour and LEE.