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Sticking It to the Man
Sticking It to the Man

Sticking It to the Man

Revolution and Counterculture in Pulp and Popular Fiction, 1950 to 1980

Edited by Andrew Nette, Edited by Iain McIntyre


336 Pages, 8 x 10

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $29.95 (US $29.95) (CA $39.95)

Publication Date: September 2019

ISBN 9781629635248

Rights: WOR X UK & EUR

PM Press (Sep 2019)

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: September 2019


The first comprehensive examination of the ways pulp and popular fiction depicted radical movements in the US, UK, and Australia from the 1950s onward

From Civil Rights and Black Power to the New Left and Gay Liberation, the 1960s and 1970s saw a host of movements shake the status quo. The impact of feminism, anticolonial struggles, wildcat industrial strikes, and antiwar agitation was felt globally. With social strictures and political structures challenged at every level, pulp and popular fiction could hardly remain unaffected. While an influx of New Wave nonconformists transformed science fiction, feminist, gay, and black authors broke into areas of crime, porn, and other paperback genres previously dominated by conservative, straight, white males. For their part, pulp hacks struck back with bizarre takes on the revolutionary times, creating vigilante-driven fiction that echoed the Nixonian backlash and the coming conservatism of Thatcherism and Reaganism. Sticking It to the Man tracks the changing politics and culture of the period and how it was reflected in pulp and popular fiction in the US, UK, and Australia from the late 1950s onward. Featuring more than three hundred full-color covers, the book includes in-depth author interviews, illustrated biographies, articles, and reviews from more than thirty popular culture critics and scholars. Works by science-fiction icons such as J.G. Ballard, Ursula K. Le Guin, Michael Moorcock, and Octavia Butler, street-level hustlers turned bestselling black writers Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines, crime heavyweights Chester Himes and Brian Garfield, and a myriad of lesser-known novelists ripe for rediscovery, are explored, celebrated, and analyzed. Contributors include Gary Phillips, Woody Haut, Emory Holmes, Michael Bronski, David Whish-Wilson, Susie Thomas, Bill Osgerby, Kinohi Nishikawa, Jenny Pausacker, Linda Watts, Scott Alderberg, Andrew Nette, Danae Bosler, Michael Gonzales, Iain McIntyre, Nicolas Tredell, Brian Coffey, James Doig, Molly Grattan, Brian Greene, Eric Beaumont, Bill Mohr, J. Kingston Smith, Steve Aldous, David Foster, and Alley Hector.

Author Biography

Andrew Nette is a writer of fiction and nonfiction based in Melbourne, Australia. He is the coeditor of Girl Gangs, Biker Boys and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950 to 1980 (2017), and the author of a monograph on Norman Jewison's 1975 dystopian science fiction film, Rollerball, published by the independent film and media studies publisher, Auteur, in 2018. He has written two novels, Ghost Money (2012), a crime story set in Cambodia in the mid-90s, and Gunshine State (2016), and his short fiction has appeared in numerous print and online publications. Iain McIntyre is a Melbourne-based author, musician and community radio broadcaster who has written a variety of books on activism, history and music. Previous publications include On the Fly: Hobo Literature and Songs, 1879–1941 (2018), Girl Gangs, Biker Boys and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950 to 1980 (2017), How to Make Trouble and Influence People: Pranks, Protest, Graffiti and Political Mischief-Making from across Australia (2013), Wild About You: The Sixties Beat Explosion in Australia and New Zealand (2010), and Tomorrow Is Today: Australia in the Psychedelic Era, 1966–70 (2006).