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A Tasteful Book About Bad Taste
By (author) John Waters Foreword by Simon Doonan

Summary

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.

about John Waters and 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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  • Paperback | ISBN 9781560256984
    Pub date: 04/05/2005 | Price: 23.00 Canada/$20.00
    256 Pages
    PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General
    PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / History & Criticism

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