‘The Greenwood Faun’ Update

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Latest update on ‘The Greenwood Faun’ which is due for publication on December 5th courtesy of the very lovely Egaeus Press www.egaeuspress.com

Ladies & Gentlemen,

Some have noted a mention of our upcoming publication, THE GREENWOOD FAUN by Nina Antonia on the Wormwoodiana blog, and a reading the author will be making at Putney Library, London, on Wednesday 13 December between 6.45pm to 7.45pm. If you happen to be in the region, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed, and mulled wine will be on hand to stave of the evening chill. (For more information call 020 8780 3085, or email Charlene.Coleman@gll.org.)

In answer to a number of queries which we have subsequently received, the book itself will be available to order in the early days of December, certainly before Faunalia (5th of December). Further announcements will be made in the weeks to come. 
It is a quite remarkable work… “shot through with decadence, poetry, opium and incense . . .this is a beautifully written proem: witty, crepuscular, enchanting, surprising” – David Tibet

Meanwhile, a big thank you to everyone who ordered (or pre-ordered) THE ECHO OF THE SEA & OTHER STRANGE WAR STORIES by Paul StJohn Mackintosh. It has shaped up to be quite a success. All ordered copies have been despatched and if they haven’t already received yours, you should do very soon. And if you haven’t ordered already, copies are still available from the EGAEUS PRESS WEBSITE. Don’t forget, this book is limited to 250 copies, and they won’t be around forever!
All the best

Mark

Wording: The Power of the Internet

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Wording: The power of the internet – great picture of Ivy Rorschach, insane wallpaper and myself in a book entitled ‘Untypical Girls’. I only found out about Sam Knee’s book due to a sharp eyed pal, so  I have no idea if I’m name-checked or not as the author didn’t make contact but it was nice to be included. I adored the Gregory/Kid era Cramps, they were one of the most powerful and pure evocations of rock n’ roll imaginable and I was fortunate to get to know the band in early days. Through meeting them I got the confidence to start writing. Rock n’ roll journalism was perceived as a rather unseemly thing for a young woman to do, it was still very masculine territory. When Wikipedia first went out, I was credited as being a groupie simply because I wrote about bands. It took months to get Wikipedia to change this – no one would ever have dreamed of describing Nick Kent who was a big influence or Lester Bangs as a ‘Groupie’ but because I was female, that assumption was made and then went on to the internet. There’s also an obsession that I was a singer – another distortion of fact. I was always a writer, contributing to numerous publications including Mojo/Uncut and Classic Rock as well as having 5 books to date, published. One foray into backing vocals that was quickly forgotten has set an inaccurate precedent and remains part of the quest to be taken seriously as writer. An ‘untypical girl’? Maybe or maybe not as there was always plenty of females at the gigs I went to, if they weren’t seen as equal participants that has more to do with the mind-set of the music press at the time. Outside of the performers, the rock n’ roll experience wasn’t solely the province of males as hopefully Sam Knee’s book attests. ( I don’t have a copy so can’t say ;))

From the Vaults to On-line Archive

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Ace Billboard review of the New York Dolls biography ‘Too Much Too Soon’ (still available via Music Sales).  The New York Dolls: Too Much Too Soon Billboard Review

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Plus an interview I did with Jerry Nolan for ‘Spiral Scratch’ magazine, which includes Jerry’s thoughts on Sid Vicious & Nancy Spungen, both of whom he knew well.  Sticks & Style: The Art of Jerry Nolan

L.A.M.F. 40th Anniversary & In Cold Blood E-Book

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Talking of time, it’s been 40 years since ‘L.A.M.F’ first sprung snarling upon a world that seems kinder than now, when Punk was young and Johnny T was but a feisty kid (well, almost before someone reminds me, you clock watchers you). Its not about the catalogue numbers carved in the vinyl but the snaky guitars, courtesy of Thunders and Walter Lure whilst the fusillade of Jerry Nolan’s drumming enshrines his myth forever and ‘wild-eyed’ Billy Rath on bass was as solid as could be. The album stands as testimony even if the decades have flown.

‘Paradise’ Press Bio by Nina Antonia

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Had the pleasure of being asked to write a press bio for a fabulously moody new outfit ‘Paradise.’ Rock n’ roll has become something of a time honoured ritual but Paradise open the doors to a new intensity that makes them well-worth your time, which like mine, is precious.

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December 5th for The Greenwood Faun

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Egaeus Press Update:

As a few astute individuals have pointed out, our originally intended September publication date for Nina Antonia’s novel The Greenwood Faun has passed. Alas, it would seem Pan, ever the trickster saw fit to put delays in our way.. We are therfore aiming to have it ready for the 5th of December: Faunalia in the Roman calendar. It is, in the words of David Tibet no less ‘a beautifully written proem: witty, crepuscular, enchanting, surprising.’

http://www.egaeuspress.com

Trackless Paths of Boundless Void

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Thank you to Simon Wright for giving an even-handed review to Curt Weiss’ tome,  ‘Stranded In The Jungle.’

Stranded In The Jungle – Jerry Nolan’s Wild Ride A Tale of Drugs, Fashion, the New York Dolls and Punk Rock

I declined to be interviewed by Mr Weiss as I didn’t recognise the person that he was reconstructing as Jerry Nolan. Why praise someone for their craft yet injure their memory?

To sweeten the pill, here’s a letter of thanks I received from Jerry’s mother, Charlotte, that she wrote me on reading ‘The New York Dolls-Too Much Too Soon’.  ‘I miss him very much, he wasn’t ready to leave us.’  Charlotte is now with Jerry and won’t have to go through any more pain.

Whilst the autumn leaves are falling on memory lane, it also seemed timely to make public Johnny’s family tree, which his sister, Mariann, put together for me……

L.A.M.F x


Full Preview of Letter and Family Tree below:

Charlotte Nolan’s letter to Nina Antonia

Johnny Thunders’ Family Tree

Holly Woodlawn and Caroline Coon

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Thank you to editor David Flint for making the legendary Holly Woodlawn the cover-star of  the latest edition of The Reprobate. Aimed at the socially contrary, The Reprobate kindly included a previously unpublished interview that I did with Holly probably about 12 years back and was never able to find an outlet for. Holly was gracious and funny throughout and had the smoky laugh of a celluloid siren. In era when we are patronised by celebrities who think that wearing a tee-shirt  is a revolutionary stance, its vital to pay respect to icons such as Holly who never gave up the fight for freedom of expression and lived beyond the mainstream, a shoe-string stardom when she should have won an Oscar.  From Puerto Rico to Broadway, Holly reminisces about playing alongside fellow luminaries from the Warhol Factory: Jackie Curtis, Candy Darling and Joe Dallesandro as well as the origins of the Stonewall riot not to mention a steamy evening with Jim Morrison……

To read the interview, click the link below:

https://ninaantoniaauthor.com/holly-woodlawn-superstar/

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I was also fortunate to be able to review Caroline Coon’s gloriously illustrated book, ‘Laid Bare’, an unflinchingly honest autobiographical account of how to survive a year of working as an escort. Bold, witty and brave, Caroline is again a pioneer and the book is a treat!!  Here’s a little snippet : ‘Back in the Sixties, she was ardently pursued by the actor, Terence Stamp. On the night he called up at her window, like a love-sick swain, Caroline finally relented to his advances. Terence was beautiful so bedding him was no hardship. Afterwards, he leaned back on the pillow and jauntily exclaimed, “Wasn’t that a wonderful fuck?” Wanting to be truthful, Caroline responded, “Actually, no.” Disgruntled, Stamp announced “Well Catherine Deneuve and Julie Christie didn’t complain.”

To read the review, click the link below:

https://ninaantoniaauthor.com/books/caroline-coon-laid-bare/

Johnny Thunders – In Cold Blood : One of the Best Music Books You’ve Never Read

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Johnny Thunders – In Cold Blood’ is sited as one of the best music books you’ve never read in an interesting feature on Unknown Pleasures.  Most Thunders aficionado’s have got all the editions: Jungle books and Cherry Red  – as for the ‘real’ world – that can take awhile……….especially if its a music book written by a woman.  Some barriers take longer to break than others……….

Click the link below the check out the article:

http://www.udiscovermusic.com/stories/best-music-books-youve-never-read

The Reprobate: The Second Coming

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Featuring Nina Antonia’s interview with the late great Holly Woodlawn as well as an in-depth review of Caroline Coon’s intimate memoir ‘Laid Bare.’

The issue will be released on August 14, 2017.

It can be purchased HERE or HERE.