Andrew Nette and Iain McIntyre followed up 2017’s Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950 to 1980 with a collection of essays on pulp and popular fiction entitled Sticking It To the Man: Revolution and Counterculture in Pulp and Popular Fiction, 1956 to 1980. I am amongst twenty-six contributors to this book with a newly written piece on Ernest Tidyman’s Shaft novels.
From PM Press:
From Civil Rights and Black Power to the New Left and Gay Liberation, the 1960s and 1970s saw a host of movements shake the status quo. The impact of feminism, anticolonial struggles, wildcat industrial strikes, and antiwar agitation was felt globally. With social strictures and political structures challenged at every level, pulp and popular fiction could hardly remain unaffected. While an influx of New Wave nonconformists transformed science fiction, feminist, gay, and black authors broke into areas of crime, porn, and other paperback genres previously dominated by conservative, straight, white males. For their part, pulp hacks struck back with bizarre takes on the revolutionary times, creating vigilante-driven fiction that echoed the Nixonian backlash and the coming conservatism of Thatcherism and Reaganism.
Sticking It to the Man tracks the changing politics and culture of the period and how it was reflected in pulp and popular fiction in the US, UK, and Australia from the late 1950s onward. Featuring more than three hundred full-color covers, the book includes in-depth author interviews, illustrated biographies, articles, and reviews from more than thirty popular culture critics and scholars. Works by science-fiction icons such as J.G. Ballard, Ursula K. Le Guin, Michael Moorcock, and Octavia Butler, street-level hustlers turned bestselling black writers Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines, crime heavyweights Chester Himes and Brian Garfield, and a myriad of lesser-known novelists ripe for rediscovery, are explored, celebrated, and analyzed.
Contributors include Gary Phillips, Woody Haut, Emory Holmes, Michael Bronski, David Whish-Wilson, Susie Thomas, Bill Osgerby, Kinohi Nishikawa, Jenny Pausacker, Linda Watts, Scott Alderberg, Andrew Nette, Danae Bosler, Michael Gonzales, Iain McIntyre, Nicolas Tredell, Brian Coffey, James Doig, Molly Grattan, Brian Greene, Eric Beaumont, Bill Mohr, J. Kingston Pierce, Steve Aldous, David Foster, and Alley Hector.
The book was published on 15 November 2019.
Bear Alley (Steve Holland, 24 November 2019)
Mystery Tribune (Richie Narvaez, 29 November 2019)
Paul Bishop, 2 December 2019
Shepherd Express (David Luhrssen, 3 December 2019)
Jules Burt, 3 December 2019 (You Tube)
Killer Covers (J. Kingston Pierce, 5 December 2019)
We Are Cult (Paul Abbott, 13 December 2019)
Do Some Damage (Scott Adlerberg , 17 December 2019)
Books in Review II (David Wilson, 27 December 2019)
The Newtown Review of Books (Michael Jongon, 30 January 2020)
Popcultureshelf.com (19 February 2020)
Counterpunch (Ron Jacobs, 7 February 2020)
NBMagazine (Paul Burke, 8 March 2020)
Sydney Review of Books (Jeff Sparrow, 23 March 2020)