Sticking it to the Man: Revolution and Counterculture in Pulp and Popular Fiction, 1950-1980, now available for pre-order

Sticking it to the Man: Revolution and Counter Culture in Pulp and Popular Fiction, 1950-1980is now available for pre-order here on Amazon.

The book is due out in the second half of 2019 from PM Press, who published Beat Girls, Biker Boys and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950-1980

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. 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 30 popular culture critics and scholars. Contributors include Scott Adlerberg, Michael Bronski, Susie Thomas, Alley Hector, Gary Phillips, David Whish-Wilson. Nicolas Tredell, Michael Gonzales, Danae Bosler, Brian Coffey, Kinohi Nishikawa, Molley Grattan, Briane Greene, Bill Mohr, Bill Osgerby, Jenny Pausacker, K Kingston Price. Linda Watts, Steve Aldous, Emory Holmes, Maitland McDonagh, and David Foster.

Please note that the product information for the book on Amazon needs to be updated to reflect the fact that radical science fiction, originally included in this book, has been taken out and will now be in a third book that Iain McIntyre and I are currently working on.

More information when I have it.


8 Responses

  1. Is this an updated version of the earlier book or a completely different one with the same title?

    • Colin,
      Pretty much the only thing this book shares with the one you’re referring to is the title. The new one is massively expanded in terms of content, will be 300 plus pages, is full colour and has loads of interviews, reviews and features. Think Girl Gangs, Biker Boys and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950-1980, but about revolution and counter culture.

  2. Thanks, I shall look forward to getting it!

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  4. Andrew, I see Pulp Curry is alive and well. It’s been forever since I was here, or spoke to you and I just wanted to say hello – while also apologizing for not keeping in touch. I’m the world’s worst at that. Hope all is well with you and yours. Best, Jim Wilsky (you’re probably still wondering…just who the hell is this guy?)

    • Jim,
      How the hell are you. Of course I remember you see that you are continuing to produce crime fiction. Well done on that score. I wish my productivity was as good as yours.
      I hope all is well with you and yours.

  5. You have to dig deep in the rankings to find my books, haha. Hey, I’m thinking of a vacation to your neck of the woods, it’s always been #1 on my bucket list for a long, long time. Send me a private email if you could. I’d like to get your thoughts and recommendations for a poor old retired man like me, so I can finally see your wonderful country. – Jim

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