There was an abandoned church downtown that punks converted into a bacchanal, inverting the crosses, lofting in the chapel and vomiting in the baptismal font. The church took its revenge. There was a second story door that literally opened up on nothing; the bums across the street would laugh as drunken punks, thinking it was the bathroom door, fell to the bone crushing cement below.
punk /puŋk/ noun
2. punk rock.
3. a style or movement characterized by the adoption of aggressively unconventional and often bizarre or shocking clothing, hairstyles, makeup, etc., and the defiance of social norms of behavior, usually associated with punk rock musicians and fans.
4. a punker.
5. Archaic. a prostitute.
With Valley of the Dolls as his primer, Michael's pill-popping performance art could be annoying, like at Magic Mountain when he planked the park's concrete floor fifteen minutes after we got there. More than once, fucked up on the way home from the bars late at night, he would send his VW Bug careening like a launched pinball into a half dozen cars lined along Kester Avenue in North Hollywood.
Kip Noll's tan was a faded memory, alabaster skin accenting a spotted face, surprisingly dressed in his signature Daisy Dukes, those aquavescent eyes too blurry to focus on much. Not that they needed to, he didn't have any say about anything. The raw attraction was undeniable but there was no sense of him enjoying any measure of success. In any other circumstance I would have assumed he was a hustler that hit his sell by date.
Over the years, Spider and I endured a lot of shit as an openly gay couple. There were times when we got pelted by rocks, water balloons, and we were called Faggot I can't tell you how many times. A guy pulled a knife on us at a Sav-On drug store. In 1972 we had a little cat named Ginkmo that disappeared, we were looking everywhere for him and when we came home and there was a box by our apartment door that said 'Faggot' across the top and we found Ginkmo in there dead with a noose around his neck. We took a lot of shit.
When the roughest of the rough trade found themselves at the intersection of desperation and fierce defiance they were primed and ready for David Hurles. Saul warned me about this roving sexual predator. A slight, unassuming but shifty Hispanic fellow in his late-thirties, Hurles came to us almost every week with his latest photo spreads. After consulting with Saul, he would drift over to my corner, accompanied by the latest refugee he'd scraped off of Hollywood Boulevard.
About the author: Billy Ingram launched TVparty.com in 1997 and it quickly became one of the Internet’s hottest spots for entertainment attracting millions of users a month; TVparty! was the first to broadcast clips of TV shows online.
In 2002 he released the best-selling book TVparty: Television’s Untold Tales to rave reviews from around the world. He wrote and starred in two TV series for the VH1 and Bravo networks and produced the Eisner Award nominated book Dear John: The Alex Toth Book.
Billy Ingram produced, art directed,conducted and transcribed dozens of interviews to craft the storyline for Beyond Our Wildest Dreams, an oral history of Las Vegas in the 1970s.
He was a designer on some of the most successful Academy Award campaigns, film trailers, and movie posters of all time, for stars like Harrison Ford, Barbra Streisand, Tom Cruise, Steven Spielberg and many others.
An internationally acclaimed actor, Internet pioneer, artist, and writer, Billy Ingram starred in the 2011 indie motion picture Swimming in a Lake of Fire.
Billy Eye's 'Porn Credit' - and it's the biggest gay
One of the original Billy Eye articles, a look at East L.A. post-Punk bands.
SOME SAMPLE LAYOUTS:
(Book is Black & white - color layouts are from the iPad version.)
Some reviews of Billy Ingram's book
fine... Ingram has packaged the best of TVparty.com into a book and
CD-ROM combo, with features like "Why Were There Two Darrins on Bewitched?"
and "Good Times: They Weren't!" as well as cool audio and video relics
like Quisp cereal commercials and local TV kids shows of the '50s and
'60s. Good stuff!"
"Even if you didn't grow up on these series, the book is a revelation
- filled with esoteric memories and rare photos, and all sorts of proof of
how much TV shows (and commercials) of the 1950s & 60s warped our minds
(in good way). Winky Dink, Shrimpenstein, Bob McAllister, "Hank", Jot,
The Hathaways - If these names mean anything to you, run out and get
this book immediately! This isn't just the website in book form. It's
a great read and is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
the Literate Couch Potato... it was worth killing all those trees. TVparty! is a wide-ranging treat, based on Billy Ingram's fabulously indispensable
Web site of the same name that's a living repository for dead TV. Is
this tube-glued heaven or what?
"This book is a great deal of fun, and
I recommend it. As a reading experience, TVparty is approximately (and
appropriately) like zapping your way up and down the cable box, glancing
only briefly at things of mild interest to you and lingering longer
on items you enjoy."
(Book is Black & white - color
layouts are from the iPad version.)
Some reviews of Billy Ingram's book
TVparty! Television's Untold Tales:
a box of bedside bonbons, TVParty! is too rich for gobbling at
one sitting. A bonus CD-ROM offers children's shows and toy commercials,
and rare celebrity outtakes, including one from the imperious, queenly
Jonathan Harris, who played Dr. Smith from Lost in Space."
packed with a lot of really great stuff. It's fabulous! It's full of
unbelievable stories and great pictures and really good things and it's
to whet gluttonous appetites of all pop culture enthusiasts, TVparty! is like eavesdropping on the most happening party in town. How was Alfalfa
really murdered? Who killed TV's Superman. Just how good were the Good
Times? Scandals. Mysteries. Gossip. Everyone from Bette to Burnett
has been invited, and the dirt flies. A bonus CD-Rom treats us to A
Very Bette Christmas and classic commercials like Quisp vs Quake.
A deliciously wicked celebration of the box and the surrogate families
that have lured us."
"I had heard of the web site that has been up and running since the mid-1990s, and had even seen it referenced in other media, but this is the first time that Billy Ingram has taken his web resources and put them into print. In this age of logo-cluttered screens, news tickers, constant commercials and a fascination with reality television, it was very refreshing to read about other times in our television history.
is a must-read for anyone in Generation X, the Baby Boomers, or anybody
who loves television. Television's untold tales are presented in a witty
and entertaining manner in Billy Ingram's TVparty! from Bonus
Books. I loved it, and I'm sure you will too!"
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