Disco Bloodbath Paperback – 4 Nov 1999
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These kids were doing their best to manage a lifetime of trauma, PTSD, physical abuse and sexual abuse in a mixture of drugs and artistry. In this time there were no hearings about GBLT rights. No one was discussing addiction or trauma like they are today. These kids never had a chance living on the fringe for being Gay, Trans, Bi, Lesbian, Drag ect. I believe that James does a remarkable job at representing a version of this lifestyle with an authenticity that shows a reverence for those who didn't survive. He writes probably how he lived and thought and breathed. I fact he explains his writing style and his reason for using it in the preface. "Galloping along this tale...."
If you are looking for a heavy read then this is not of you. If you are a fan of art and drag then you will appreciate it. :-)
If you want to see james today then follow this link. If you like what he talks about here. You will like the book :-)
I went into reading the book hoping to have the story more fleshed out, and although you will find some tidbits about some of the characters (certainly Freez was more fleshed out) it's an agonizing and ultimately unrewarding journey. This book feels like one run-on thought, the events lack cohesion and you'll find yourself actually bored with the subject. The book is more of an ego-trip for its author, a way to share unfunny jokes and lame anecdotes, and really not much on the actual subject most people are are looking for. It's too bad... James St. James was quite likeable in the movie.
If you want to read the book check out the library or a used bookstore - it is certainly not worth more than an average paperback.