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Disco Bloodbath Paperback – 4 Nov 1999

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre; New edition edition (4 Nov. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340748400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340748404
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,472,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on 31 Oct. 2001
Format: Paperback
Take a bit of the League of Gentlemen, Hammer House of Horror,a pinch of Carry on and then just try to imagine thats all this is true and you will start a journey of hedonism that went to far.You will cry when shounldn't and laugh when it should be forbidden. I was hooked from start to finish. Party on.
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By A Customer on 27 Oct. 1999
Format: Paperback
I saw the documentary on channel four and when i read that the book was out I had to read it. It's an easy read that skims the lives of a group of people who live for the New York club scene. James takes a very light hearted outlook at the tragic mishaps of the main character, so it's more fun than anything.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone who finds this work "odd" or "not literature" is probably someone who reads more than they live. 6 May 2016
By Kidancer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I followed James and his friends throughout my teens on tv in the news and on talk shows. I've watched the movies and read this book. I was fascinated and inspired by them and their adventures of life in Manhattan in the 1990s. They are some of the most visually creative people of that time. The story James tells in Disco Bloodbath is one of disenfranchised outcasts, alive during a time when our national discussion of gender politics played out not in supreme courts but in loud, baudy segments about drag queens on Ricky Lake.

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 :-)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Average at best 28 July 2014
By S. Rook - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'd probably give the book closer to 2.5 stars but... overall I did not enjoy it. For any who have watched the film Party Monster or the 'Shockumentary' you'll probably get more out of either of those than the book itself (as a confession, I enjoyed both the Shockumentary and the film Party Monster).

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wow 2 Jun. 2009
By E. Mathews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The movie was a bit odd, and I've wanted to read the book for ages. The story is great, just, like I said...odd
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