MAPPLETHORPE:
ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY CAMERA
by
JACK FRITSCHER, Ph.D.
Mapplethorpe: Assault with a Deadly Camera
NEW EXCLUSIVE
INTERVIEWS
of Mapplethorpe
Intimates:
Edward Lucie-Smith
Joel-Peter Witkin
George Dureau
Holly Solomon
Camille O'Grady
Robert Opel
A
POP
CULTURE
MEMOIR
AN
OUTLAW
REMINISCENCE

Translated and published in Spain

(plus 32 pages of black-and-white photographs)

Read Mapplethorpe: Assault with a Deadly Camera in manuscript pdf

Take 1 - Preface: "Mein Camp"
Take 2 - Pentimento for Robert Mapplethorpe: Fetishes, Faces, and Flowers of Evil
Take 3 - Adventures with Robert Mapplethorpe (Adult Discretion Advisory) Personal Journal
Take 4 - Mapplethorpe as Cultural Terrorist: Playing "Chicken" with the Avant-Garde
Take 5 - Popping Culture, Drugs, and Sex: The Leathersex Years
Take 6 - Pop Culture Babies and the Women Who Loved Them (A Chronology of Censorship)
Take 7 - Mapplethorpe's Sexual Ambiguity
Take 8 - Some Women
Take 9 - Gay Artists and the Straight Women Who Love Them
Take 10 - First Blush: Holly Solomon Discovers Robert Mapplethorpe
Take 11 - Robert Oplethorpe: Streaking the Academy Awards
Take 12 - The Muse is a Bitch
Take 13 - Portraist of the Artist as a Young Suicide
Take 14 - Merchandising the Magical, Mystical Mapplethorpe Tour That's Coming to Take You Away
Take 15 - Blind Man's Bluff
Take 16 - White Art, Black Men: Racism is Essentially Sex
Take 17 - Mapplethorpe Mentor: George Dureau
Take 18 - 1982: Exclusive Prophesy! - Mapplethorpe on Censorship!
Take 19 - 1978: Pasolini's Last Picture Show - Toward an Understanding of the Film
Salo
Take 20 - Risking the Mapplethorpe Curse - Murder, Models, and Heterophobia
Take 21 - Mapplethorpe Superstar
Index

Just as F. Scott Fitzgerald immortalized the Roaring '20s, Jack Fritscher captures the essence of the tumultuous '70s. Against a backdrop of riotous pop culture and gay life in America, this uncensored memoir offers a candid view of Robert Mapplethorpe who died of AIDS at age 42.

This book is based on the author's detailed journals and Jack Fritscher creates a fresh, fast-paced account that hooks the reader like a page turning novel.

It started when the undiscovered Mapplethorpe flew to San Francisco in 1977 to ask Fritscher, then editor of Drummer magazine, to look at his portfolio. Fritscher, recognizing Mapplethorpe's talent, assigned and supervised his first cover. They later became friends, colleagues, and lovers.

Mapplethorpe repeatedly asked Fritscher to write about him. Fritscher responded with features and fiction depicting the photographer. When Fritscher wrote the novel Some Dance to Remember, he dedicated it to Mapplethorpe, who read it in progress. The book was published to wide acclaim after Mapplethorpe's death in 1989. The New Republic named the book a classic on a peer with Gore Vidal's The City and the Pillar, James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room, and Andrew Halloran's Dancer from the Dance.

Mapplethorpe: Assault with a Deadly Camera is a vivid, compelling story of a specific group at a specific time in a specific place, living in a Golden Age before AIDS and its lost civilization sank beneath a viral sea.

This pop culture memoir contains sex, lies, greed,
perversion, murder, deceit, infidelity,
drugs, sex, immorality, scatology, ambition,
equivocation, character assassination, slander, blasphemy,
aspersion, betrayal, distortion, racism,
ungodliness, sodomy--
and that's just the critics
of Mapplethorpe.

Mapplethorpe: Assault includes Jack Fritscher as interviewer of the following:
Edward Lucie-Smith, George Dureau, Joel-Peter Witkin, Holly Solomon, Camille O'Grady, Robert Opel, Miles Everett, Mark Walker, and Rex.

Additional persons interviewed about Robert Mapplethorpe by Jack Fritscher:
Crawford Barton, Edward Brooks DeCelle, Greg Day, Robert Pruzan, John [J.D. Slater] Duffy, Elsa Rady, and Wally Wallace.

Published in 1994, 306 pages.

REVIEW COMMENTS

"Jack Fritscher's memoir is a marvelous recreation of an epoch, an art, and a man. Mapplethorpe was a...romantic figure who did more to liberate popular taste than any other artist....Fritscher is the perfect interpreter of Mapplethorpe, and his beautifully written book helps us understand how an apolitical photographer became so politically potent a culture symbol."
--Charles Winnic, Ph.D.
--Professor of Sociology
--City Univerity of N.Y.
--and author of The People


"An ex-lover of Mapplethorpe, Fritscher has news about the photographer who posthumously became the touchstone of the late 1980's cultural wars. It isn't pretty -- but it is fresh, useful context for an old controversy."
--Boston Globe, November 1994


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MAPPLETHORPE: ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY CAMERA

Print Media interviews of Jack Fritscher regarding
Mapplethorpe: Assault With a Deadly Camera

HONCHO Magazine, April 1995
NEW YORK NATIVE, October 19, 1994

Media appearances (Television, Radio, and Personal) of Jack Fritscher regarding Mapplethorpe: Assault With a Deadly Camera
CNN SHOWBIZ TODAY
THE BOOKCASE
SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA BOOK FESTIVAL - November 1994

Internet Reviews

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Cover Photograph of Robert Mapplethorpe by George Dureau, New Orleans, 1978. HASTINGS HOUSE Book Publisher 50 Washington Street Norwalk, CT 06854 http:\\upub.com EMail info@upub.com Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 94-075258 ISBN 0-8038-9362-0 Spanish Edition El Fotografo del Escandalo Copyright 1995, Ediciones Martinez Roca, S.A. Enric Granados, 84, 08008 Barcelona ISBN 84-270-2027-9 Deposito legal B. 18.950-1995

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