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Bob's World: The Life and Boys of AMG's Bob Mizer Hardcover – 25 Sep 2009

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: TASCHEN Gmbh; Har/DVD Mu edition (25 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836512300
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836512305
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 3.4 x 32.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 459,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dian Hanson produced a variety of men s magazines from 1976 to 2001, including Juggs, Outlaw Biker and Leg Show, before becoming TASCHEN s Sexy Book editor. Her 60+ books for TASCHEN include The Art of Pin-up and Psychedelic Sex. She lives in Los Angeles.

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If you bought the black & white complete reprint of Physique Pictorial,also by Taschen,then you need to get this book,which brings the AMG story to life ,this time in full colour.
It is a shock to see these images looking so clear and bright,after the small format and black and white of the original magazines,which were not much more than pocket-sized. An example is the full-page,full-colour photograph of Ramon Gabron (Ross Judd), an image well-known as a cover photo from 1977. It is really as if seeing him for the first time,such is the clarity of the picture. A long-time favourite of mine was John Apache, and it was great to see him in colour for the first time. He was said to reduce men & women to "quivering wrecks", so famed was his beauty. You will see here that maybe that was no overstatement.
This book brings the whole story up to date,or at least until the 1992 death of Mizer,and the closure of the AMG compound in Los Angeles. From the aerial maps of the place and the numerous stories and comments in this book,you get a sense of what a strange world that was.Chapters include: All about Bob, Bob's boys, Bob's pets, Bob's influence. Bob Mizer lived for his photography,and left a vast, amazing legacy. Thanks to books such as this one, his boys and his work will live on. The book includes a 1 hour DVD of some of the AMG films,some early black and white as well as later colour films. There is a sad feeling as I look at some of the pictures,reading that some of these boys have passed away. I find myself wondering about these young men, did they end up living happy lives? Where have they all gone? The fact that when Mizer started his photography it was a jailable offence to photograph or distribute images of the naked male figure, made his area of work fraught with danger.
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This book is quite heavy and a little awkward to hold and read at the same time - not that there is extensive reading material in it anyway. it is not a biography in the strict sense of the word. It is an exposition of his work over 40 odd years. Each chapter is in three languages (English German and French) and the writing isn't too exhaustive being short snippets from his copious diaries and extracts from interviews of those who knew and worked with or for him.

The photographs are well reproduced and cover most of the pages. The value of the book is not the biography of Mizer - who was a fairly mundane miser himself - but the models and the actual photographic work. Sadly, apart from the standard potted 'biography' of each model included in the original magazine we know noting of what happened to these men. And there were quite a lot of them - mostly hustlers or down on their luck veterans. The writer includes a lot of anecdotes related by the models who knew Mizer. He doesn't always shine in them though.

You will probably need to read it at a table - unless you have strong wrists. It does weigh a lot. You may find more information on Bob at the Mizer Foundation.
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This is another amazing gay book from Taschen, in huge format and printed in superb, lustrous colour on thick paper. It is quite something to hold - beautiful and bulky in the best sense. The photos by Bob Mizer fully deserve it, which often feature boys of the rough-and-ready type. Many have a swagger and desire to show off, or so the photos suggest, that is very appealing. The captions give background information on each name, a large number of which feature. With his penchant for props redolent of the Wild West but showing the boys in a state of undress such as we never see cowboys in in the whole Western genre, sadly, it is as if Mizer is making up for all these wasted opportunities. You can't imagine the same feel existing today either - it was on a big scale but also seemed to have something of a community feel about it that has now lost out to commercial factors and the Internet. There are also many humorous touches, such as the cover and its accompanying photo that shows rather more - a kind of parody and taking further of the gun-comparing scene in Red River. The book also contains an hour-long DVD that is also very enjoyable, of Mizer's films.
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An exhaustive and interesting catalog of Bob Mizer's "vice"; creating extra-ordinary excuses to photograph guys in the buff. Understanding the "voyeur" tendencies in all of us, Bob Mizer invented many fabulous fantasies with a one track mind; the inexpensive nudie.
A slight bitter aftertaste remains after looking at all these attractive men and then reading about the life they had. This extremely well researched book reveals the profoundly unhappy, cheapskate cynic, Bob Mizer actually was. Thus transforming our titillating first impression into a somewhat nauseated malaise. Yet, historically and sociologically some of the images are simply great, and quite sexy.
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HASH(0x88e6d8d0) out of 5 stars Beautiful and Meticulously Researched 13 Oct. 2009
By J. Brandwein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This VERY large volume was composed of material directly from the AMG archives. It's not only Bob's photos but also the photos taken of all of his props and personal possessions that were amazing for me to see. The book also uses, for the first time, Bob's personal diaries as well as interviews with his closest friends, some of who died shortly before the completion of the book, to paint a complete picture of the history of the studio. I consider myself maybe not an expert but certainly well informed about the AMG legacy and this book (and accompanying DVD) were full of material I'd never laid eyes on before.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x88e6d924) out of 5 stars Delicious in Color 13 Oct. 2009
By H. Riley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I didn't know much about Bob Mizer until my gay roommate turned me onto his work, so I may not be the most, I don't know, 'educated' about vintage gay photography, but I love this book. There's something so sweet about these photographs (I know what you're thinking-- "sweet? porn-y beefcake photos?"--but bear with me). Maybe it's just looking back gives everything a rose colored glow, but something about the photos just makes me giggle. Even the hustlers that didn't want to be there give good photo face... And I love Pantero El Salvador! It might sound weird, but I think the backdrops are incredible (purple mountains!!!). Definitely a great book to add to your collection if you're into this sort of thing, and would probably make a good gift for your naughty friends.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x894d4e28) out of 5 stars FUN TIMES WITH BOB AND ATHLETIC MODEL GUILD 19 April 2014
By Anthony McGill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
With all the gay stuff out there these days, this tribute to Bob Mizer and his Athletic Model Guild may appear a bit coy and corny to a lot of the "now" generation but this collection published by Taschen is an essential item of gay history. AMG and its magazine Physique Pictorial and quaint athletic boy films were much sought after and important stepping stones for gay boys discovering their identities in the 60s and 70s. This book is rich in hundreds of beautiful color photos of many of Bob's models through the years displaying their nudity with gay abandon or with some colorful prop and often in some quite wacky poses. They ain't all beautiful but certainly all fun. Remember this is before buff and manscaping were synonymous with gay male models so there's plenty of variety on display including a surprising number (for the time) of African-American men. There's so much fascinating material in this huge, beautifully designed book about Bob and his activities that you will love including the amazing "subjective character analysis" that was used in Physique Pictorial and a guide to Bob's fascinating L.A. compound including a police surveillance photo circa 1964! As an extra bonus, the publishers have provided a 60-minute DVD featuring some of Mizer's short films between 1958-1980. Wow, do you need anything else to tempt you? An important piece of our gay history and a worthy acknowledgement of Bob's legacy.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x88e6dbac) out of 5 stars The Only Book to Own on Bob Mizer 15 Oct. 2009
By Leroy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Bob's World is quite possibly the only book of Bob Mizer's photography that is as interesting to look at as it is to read. No other publication comes close to rivaling the honesty and humor, not to mention true appreciation, with which this book was edited. Through a series of interviews with friends, colleagues and models, Dian Hanson delivers something no one else has ever been able to - the real Bob Mizer. As per usual, she gathered only the best of a vast collection of previously unprinted photographs for this beautifully printed tome (embossed cover). He may have been known for his early black and white beefcake, but Bob's World proves that color was no barrier for Mizer. If you're a collector of his work, the oral history, as well as excerpts from Mizer's personal diaries, and even an illustrated map of the AMG compound, make this book a must have.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x88e6ddec) out of 5 stars Not enough depth to the book. 25 Mar. 2010
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Bob's World would have been a great biographical book. If it had plumbed a little more history into some of the more famous men who modeled for bob.
I'm talking about the ones who went on to become well know actors.
Such as Glenn Corbett, Sammy Jackson, Ed Fury and Dennis Cole. I would have like to know a little more about them.
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