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