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Hedwig and the Angry Inch [Paperback]

Stephen Trask
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24 Sep 2013
The complete companion to the international hit cult musical. Hedwig tells the story of internationally ignored song stylist Hedwig Schmidt, the victim of a gruesomely botched sex-change operation, and is dazzlingly recounted by Hedwig (née Hansel) in the form of a sleazy lounge act and backed by the band The Angry Inch. Innovative, inspired and oddly endearing, Hedwig is a spectacular love story that has been knocking the socks off New York theatre-goers with a much-needed jolt of twisted bathos and wigged-out histrionics (The Advocate).
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Press (24 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468308645
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468308648
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.5 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,189,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hedwig brings theatre alive with the pounding sounds of rock and the funny-sad voicing of a painful past --The New York Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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John Cameron Mitchell is an actor and director. He wrote, directed and starred in the film adaptation of Hedwig, which was released in 2001 to critical acclaim, including prizes at the Berlin, Deauville, San Francisco and Sundance film festivals. Stephen Trask was one of the original members of the notorious Squeeze Box House Band. For five years, he performed with his band Cheater, who originated the role of The Angry Inch. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 4 Aug 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book/Not the Sheet Music 31 May 2007
By Mr. Conaway - Published on Amazon.com
A fellow reviewer left a detailed description of the sheet music/vocal score/piano and guitar score for "Hedwig". This item is not that. It is merely the book of the stage play, and while it is a wonderful collector's piece DO NOT ORDER IT IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR SHEET MUSIC.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long Live Hedwig 10 Oct 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
For some people, the stage production of Hedwig And The Angry Inch was this greally great Off-Broadway musical. For others it taught them a little bit about themselves, about those around them, and about their lives. John Cameron Mitchell's text laces beautifully with Stephen Trask's lyrics to dish out an emotional beat down that hurts so much you love it.
If you haven't seen it, I'll admit, reading the script isn't going to do it for you, but if you've at least heard of it, go out and get yourself the CD and read along between the songs. There's also some incredible photography to look at, many of which haven't been seen before. You get a semi-decent idea of what's going on on stage, anyway. It's quite a show by some extremely talented people. I will never forget Hedwig or her brain parents as long as I live.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hedwig and the Angry Inch 5 Aug 2000
By Brian Snider - Published on Amazon.com
What can I say I loved this book. The book is wonderful it includes the entire lyrics for the songs in the musical and the text from the script. In addition it includes Plato's symposium which John Cameron Mitchell partially based the play on, and a number of photos from the musical production. There are two pages with wonderful color glossy pictures, the rest are good balck and white photos. If you didn't get the chance to see the play this is the next best thing to it. If you did get a chance (like myself) to see the play then this is a must have for a Hedwig fan. I can't say enough about this wonderful, book other then you'll love it.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At long last! 8 Aug 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Well, I guess what I really have to say is, "wow!" I've been listening to the Hedwig soundtrack since it came out, but I never got a chance to see the play, and, consequently, I missed out on a GREAT deal. While this book doesn't replace seeing a show, it does contain the entire script. So now I've caught up and know more exactly what all of those fabulous songs are about!! And what a story . . .
Buy the soundtrack, and if you are at all moved, the next logical step is to buy the book. You will not be disapointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More woman then a man like you can stand! 25 Jun 2004
By Sidney - Published on Amazon.com
This is, simply put, an amazing work. From the stage production to the written play to the movie adaptation, it is an incredible, gender-blowing glam rock force to be reckoned with. Maybe people will see themselves in Hedwig, and her emotions and beliefs are expressed beautifully, as are the underlying themes in the work. This is truely the only rock-n-roll musical that rocks--or even matters.
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