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CBGB OMFUG

April 18, 2012

Author: Various (22 authors and illustrators collaborate for 9 vignettes)

Title: CBGB OMFUG

Genre: Graphic novel

Publication Date: 2010

Number of Pages: 112p

Geographical Setting: New York City (the Bowery)

Time Period: 1970’s, present day, the future

Series (If applicable): n/a

Plot Summary:  Through nine separate vignettes, the history and lore of the legendary, mythical, pivotal, incredibly dirty, and defunct Lower East Side punk rock club is examined and explained.  CBGB’s was ground zero for the mid-70’s NYC punk rock scene.  Artists that would emerge from CBGB’s include Ramones, Blondie, Patti Smith, and Talking Heads, as well as lesser-known, yet highly influential acts, such as Television, the Heartbreakers, the Dead Boys, and the Dictators. Varying in time period, some of the stories use the club as a main character, while others use it merely as a backdrop or meeting place.  The common theme running throughout the book is that of CBGB’s as a fertile haven for inspiration, community, discovery, expression, freedom, individuality, and lots of sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

Subject Headings: Punk rock music, New York City—nightclubs, 1970’s, Artists, Drugs and alcohol, Rebellion, Nostalgia, Nonconformity, Antisocial behavior, Self discovery, Youth, Fandom.

Appeal:  Breakneck, fast-paced, relentless, atmospheric, edgy, flamboyant, gritty, hard-edged, humorous, impassioned, magical, idealized, romanticized, nostalgic, sarcastic, sensual, artsy, bohemian, punk, vivid, inspirational, mythic, sexually explicit, strong language, urban, colorful, informal, passionate, witty, hedonistic, rebellious, reflective, street-smart, rowdy, energetic, fun, aggressive, joyous, enigmatic, self-aggrandizing, loud.

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: Energetic, passionate, enigmatic

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

Please Kill Me: the Uncensored History of Punk edited by Legs McNeill and Gillian McCain

This is an oral history of the New York punk scene from its infancy in the early 1970’s to its slow death in the early 1980’s strung together by interviews with the people who were there and making things happen.  The people who are still alive, anyway.  Interviewees (many of whom are portrayed in CBGB) include Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, and members of the Ramones, the Stooges, New York Dolls, Television, Blondie and many more artists and other scenesters.  This is a great read for fans of ribald accounts of debauchery and degeneracy.

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx is Burning: 1977, Baseball, Politics, and the Battle For the Soul of a City by Jonathan Mahler

In the 1970’s, large Northern cities found themselves broke, decaying, crime-ridden, and desperate.  None had it worse than New York.  The tumultuous year of 1977 is examined here; a year that included Son of Sam, the Blackout, punk rock, Studio 54 and disco, and ruthless political battles.  What is the conduit Mahler uses to examine and piece these events together?  — the World Series winning Yankees, of course.

Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever by Will Hermes

Sure, New York had the punk thing happening in the mid-1970’s, but during those years the city also witnessed the birth of hip-hop, disco, and salsa as well as playing host to fertile jazz and avant-garde/minimalist music scenes.  Here is an examination of those years, where the music seemed to get better as the urban blight grew worse.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

My Brain Hurts: Vol. One by Liz Baille

This graphic novel series chronicles a group of gay,teenage New York punks making out, drinking beer, getting arrested, and flexing their gay activism muscles.  I include this as there was no mention in CBGB as to how entangled the NYC punk scene was with the seedier side of gay culture on Manhattan at the time (many a near destitute musician made rent by moonlighting as “chickens”, as in a homosexual prostitute who may not necessarily be gay but will do x for money.  Dee Dee Ramone has talked extensively about this topic [see: ‘53rd and 3rd by the Ramones], as well as others).

What We Do Is Secret by Kief Hillbery

Hollywood 13-year-old punk and gay hustler Rockets Redglare must come to terms with the suicide of his idol/guru Darby Crash, lead singer of the Germs (circa 1980).  This book is the closest equivalent to the seediness and nihilism that personified the L.A. punk scene in the late 70’s and early 80’s (as far as fiction goes.)

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

While this book is the farthest thing from the seediness that CBGB and the Lower Eastside personified, it is an excellent portrait of the feeling of freedom, possibility, and wonder that a night out in the big city can give a person as they find themselves on the cusp of adulthood and independence.  Even for rich kids from New Jersey.

Name: Bill

Blueberry Muffin Murder

February 25, 2009

Author: Joanne Fluke

 

Title: Blueberry Muffin Murder

 

Genre: Mystery

 

Publication Date: 2002

 

Number of Pages: 319

 

Geographical Setting: Lake Eden, Minnesota

 

Time Period: Present

 

Series: Hannah Swenson Series #3

 

Plot Summary: Hannah Swenson is looking forward to this year’s Winter Carnival.  Lake Eden’s annual event means more business for Hannah’s bakery, she’ll get to visit with some old friends, and she’ll be able to meet cooking celebrity, Connie Mac, who will be visiting as well!  However, when Connie Mac turns out to be a terror and not the “Cookie Sweetheart” everyone thinks she is, the whole town cannot wait to get rid of her.  But, when Connie Mac is found murdered in Hannah’s bakery, the mystery becomes, who wanted to get rid of her the most?  Hannah decides to solve the mystery herself when she finds out her bakery is a crime scene and must remain closed during the busiest time of the year.  Now Hannah must track down the suspects and find Connie Mac’s killer!  Was it Connie Mac’s husband, her publicist, or her chauffeur?  Or, was it Hannah’s high school friend or even her love interest?  Only Hannah Swenson can solve the case!

 

 

Subject Headings: Women private investigators–Minnesota—Fiction, Swensen, Hannah (Fictitious character)–Fiction.

 

Appeal:  slow paced, light hearted, quirky, character centered, details of recipes, details of baking, serial characters, recognizable characters, strong secondary characters, realistic characters, smalltown, mystery series, romantic situations, mother-daughter relationship, sister relationship, fun

 

Similar Authors and Works:

 

Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

 

Appetite for Murder: A Mystery Lover’s Cookbook, by Kathy Borich.  Enjoy some fine cooking with this cookbook, which is full of recipes that relate to English murder mysteries.

 

Murder in Hollywood: Solving a Silent Screen Mystery, by Charles Higham.  Since the Roaring Twenties, the murder of legendary film director William Desmond Taylor has gone unsolved due to a major cover-up.  Now, as the clues are revealed, the reader will be shocked to discover that a famous actor was the murderer!  

 

The Vampire Cookbook: Ghoulish Recipes for Monster Appetites, by Kilmore Daily.  Humorously titled recipes that make cooking items fun.  The author provides tongue-in-cheek commentary to each recipe such as, “…for producing pleasant but unusual death.” 

 

 

Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

 

A Peach of a Murder: A Fresh Baked Mystery, by Livia J. Washburn.  When Phyllis Newsom enters her peach pie in her town’s Peach Festival her only hope is to finally win first prize.  But she gets more than her slice of the action when one of the judges is found dead and Phyllis is a prime suspect.  Now she must prove her innocence and find the real murderer. 

 

Chocolate Dipped Death, by Sammi Carter.  When one of the townspeople is murdered and the murder weapon was sweets, Abby Shaw, the local candy shop owner is viewed as a suspect.  There is no way to sugarcoat it, Abby needs to solve this crime! 

 

The Chocolate Snowman Murders, by JoAnna Carl.  Specialty chocolate maker Lee McKinney Woodyard is serving as the treasurer for this year’s WinterFest, which isn’t as easy as it seems.  Between the egos and arguments, it is enough to drive someone to drink, literally.  Then when one of the guest judges shows up drunk, Lee must drive him to a hotel so he can sleep it off.  The next day, when the guest judge is found dead, Lee finds that she is a suspect.  Now she must hope that there is some magic in her detective skills so that she can solve the case!      

 

 

Name: Mike