Shock Value: A Tasteful Book About Bad Taste by John WatersShock Value: A Tasteful Book About Bad Taste by John Waters

Shock Value: A Tasteful Book About Bad Taste

byJohn WatersForeword bySimon Doonan

Paperback | April 5, 2005

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To me, bad taste is what entertainment is all about. If someone vomits watching one of my films, it's like getting a standing ovation. Thus begins John Waters's autobiography. And what a story it is. Opening with his upbringing in Baltimore ("Charm City" as dubbed by the tourist board; the "hairdo capital of the world" as dubbed by Waters), it covers his friendship with his muse and leading lady, Divine, detailed accounts of how Waters made his first movies, stories of the circle of friends/actors he used in these films, and finally the "sort-of fame" he achieves in America. Complementing the text are dozens of fabulous old photographs of Waters and crew. Here is a true love letter from a legendary filmmaker to his friends, family, and fans.
John Waters is an American film director, screenwriter, actor and author. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland on April, 22, 1946. Waters developed a cult following in the 1970s and '80s for his transgressive cult films that were intended to shock and amuse. Filmed around his native Baltimore, his early films were shot on a shoe-string b...
Title:Shock Value: A Tasteful Book About Bad TasteFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:256 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.75 inShipping dimensions:10 × 7 × 0.75 inPublished:April 5, 2005Publisher:Running PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1560256982

ISBN - 13:9781560256984


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Laugh out loud, at times I regret loaning this book to a friend years ago. I never got it back. Of course, if you like his movies, you'll find this to be a great read, but even if you're not a fan, it's very entertaining. I can only imagine what it was like for Mr & Mrs Waters raising their colorful son in small town Lutherville, MD. Hopefully he will get around to doing an audio version of this. It covers his hildhood up until around 2004 (prior to Cecil B Demented).
Date published: 2017-11-10

Editorial Reviews

"The memoirs of John Waters are as outrageous and entertaining as his films."