Join us for the book release of rarebirdlit's Permanent Damage with a conversation with co-author Lyndsey Parker & Pamela Des Barres, a performance by STARCRAWLER, and DJ set by Miles Tackett
"I’m the Mae West of 1968.”
Mercy Fontenot was a Zelig who grew up in the San Francisco Haight Ashbury scene, where she crossed paths with Charles Manson, went to the first Acid Test, and was friends with Jimi Hendrix (she was later in his movie Rainbow Bridge). She predicted the Altamont disaster when reading the Rolling Stones’ tarot cards at a party and left San Francisco for the climes of Los Angeles in 1967 when the Haight ‘lost its magic.’
Miss Mercy’s work in the GTOs, the Frank Zappa-produced all-female band, launched her into the pages of Rolling Stone in 1969. Her adventures saw her jumping out of a cake at Alice Cooper’s first record release party, while high on PCP, and had her travel to Memphis where she met Al Green and got a job working for the Bar-Kays. Along the way, she married and then divorced Shuggie Otis before transitioning to punk rock and working with the Rockats and Gears. This is her story as she lived and saw it.
Written just prior to her death in 2020, Permanent Damageshows us the world of the 1960s and 1970s music scene through her eyes, and the fallout of that era, experiencing homelessness before sobering up and putting her life back together. Miss Mercy’s journey is a can’t miss for anyone who was there and can’t remember, or just wishes they’d been there.
this very special evening will feature a conversation and Q&A with Parker and Pamela Des Barres (who not only wrote the book’s afterword, but was a longtime friend of Fontenot’s), a Starcrawler live performance and a DJ set from Miles Tackett.
Ross Sings Cheree & the Animated Dark by Ross J. Farrar book release
Friday July 02, 2021 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Join us for the book release of Ross J Farrar's new poetry book!
A native of the Bay Area, Ross J. Farrar is an internationally renowned singer, songwriter, and lyricist for the post-punk band, Ceremony. In his debut book of poetry, Farrar conjures a narrative voice that evokes Alan Vega of the band Suicide and other New York school artists as he contemplates life outside of music. Farrar’s poems glide between hazy evocations of being young on the West Coast, working at an adult bookstore, and drinking with friends, alongside layers of darker experiences: visiting the graves of friends and loved ones, leaving Cheree, the 2016 election. He mulls over the lost landmarks of his youth in San Francisco and a relationship both heartwrenching and ultimately failing.
Ross John Farrar was born in San Francisco and spent much of his young adult life playing music in the band Ceremony. In his late twenties, he decided to go back to school, finishing his undergraduate at University of California, Berkeley, followed by an MFA in Poetry at Syracuse University. His work can be found in RHINO Poetry, Heartworm Reader, The Chaffey Review, Riprap Journal, and Canary. He has published one book, comprised of literary mixed media, Society Verse (Bridge9 Press, 2010), and one chapbook, The L-Shaped Man Poems (Matador, 2015). Ross Sings Cheree & the Animated Dark is his debut poetry collection.
Short Flight/Long Drive books night of readings
Wednesday July 07, 2021 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Join us for a night of readings from Short Flight/Long Drive books authors !
ELIZABETH ELLEN is the author of five books, most recently Her Lesser Work and Exit, Carefully. She is the founder and editor of SF/LD Books, and her writing has been published in such places as FENCE, New York Tyrant, American Short Fiction, and Harper’s Magazine.
ELLE NASH is the author of Nudes (SF/LD Books) and Animals Eat Each Other (Dzanc). Her work appears in BOMB,Guernica, Literary Hub, New York Tyrant and elsewhere.
MIK GRANTHAM is the founder and co-editor of Disorder Press which she runs with her brother. Her work has appeared in New World Writing, Hobart, Maudlin House, The Nervous Breakdown, and Fanzine. She currently lives in New Orleans. HARDCORE (SF/LD) is her first book.
MIRA GONZALEZ is the author of I Will Never Be Beautiful Enough to Make Us Beautiful Together (Sorry House) and Selected Tweets (SF/LD) with Tao Lin. She lives in Los Angeles.
ELIZABETH “ERIS” VICTORIA ALDRICH was first published at 16 and first incarcerated at 28. She lives in Los Angeles. A former Kink Armory camgirl and peepshow girl at the historic Lusty Lady in San Francisco. Cop her debut novel Ruthless Little Things from Expat Press
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