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Shock Value: A Tasteful Book about Bad Taste Paperback – September, 1995


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press; 2 edition (September 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560250925
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560250920
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Waters is an American filmmaker, actor, writer, and visual artist best known for his cult films, including Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, and Cecil B. DeMented. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By tracy heightchew on March 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
I finished Shock Value only moments ago, and i feel like i should go to baltimore and fall on my knees worshipping Waters and the crew. i thought i was weird...This book focuses on the early years and has truly inspired me to raise myself above the boring muck of semiconformist existence. READ IT
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 1999
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I read this book in its french translation "Provocation" and it's one of the best I've ever read in the genre. It's funny, clever, sincere. I'm a big fan of Big John's work but reading this, I've discovered he was not only the king of bad taste but also a very moving person who's faithful in friendship and in his ideas. I can only recommend this maserpiece to anybody who's open-minded and wants to discover one of the most brilliant filmmaker of his generation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Akers (Tromites@aol.com) on August 6, 1998
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John Waters, the man behind some of the trashiest, funniest, and most glamourous films in America's history has written a book about the making of his "American comedies." Filled with humourous anecdotes, the rantings of a madman, and everything you ever wanted to know about Divine (But were afraid to ask) is contained in Shock Value, the best book about filth that has ever been written. Pick it up today and shower yourself in the fabulousness of Trash Culture!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rory on June 4, 2002
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This book is impossible to describe in one word. It's no surprise that Water's life is funnier, and more bizare then any of his films can ever hope to be. We learn about Baltimore life, his childhood, Divine, Edith Masey, Pink Flamingos,Desperate Living,and more. THIS needs to be his next film project! The only thing sad about this book is that it feels dated at certain parts (especially when it refers to Divine in the present tense, since this was written before he died...and before Cookie Muller died...and Edith Masey). But it remains a fascinating read that really encourages people to feel grateful for living in Baltimore(or makes you wish you lived there).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 17, 1999
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Shock Value is like Waters' autobiography, mainly focused on his film career. There are only two chapters about his childhood. The book will be very interesting to every Waters fan as it provides in depth looks at the making of several of his earlier films. The book's material is dated, however, since it was written before he completed "Polyester". Waters' updates you in the new introduction though. It is very clean and has few curse words, unlike Waters' films, but is still good. I recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Paula on June 18, 2003
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This book was without a doubt the funniest book I've ever read. Naturally, readers familiar with his movies will get the most out of this book, but there's a lot in there even for those who can't sit through one of his movies. I especially like Waters's tales of his mischief as a lad attending Catholic school. Considering the time, his educational background, and the Baltimore environment, I can really understand how Waters turned out the way he did.
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