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Showgirl Confidential: My Life Onstage, Backstage, And On The Road Paperback – September 15, 2013
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Pleasant Gehman is a true renaissance woman: writer, dancer, actor, musician and painter.A Hollywood icon, during the 1970’s, she was one of the first punks in Los Angeles, documenting the scene she helped create in her fanzine “Lobotomy”. During the 1980’s, she toured across North America fronting her three bands, all of whom released recordings: The Screaming Sirens, The Ringling Sisters and Honk If Yer Horny. She was also the booker for the seminal Los Angeles clubs Cathay De Grande and Raji’s. Since the early 1990’s, under the stage name Princess Farhana, she has appeared internationally and a professional belly dancer and burlesque performer and teacher. She has danced and acted in numerous motion pictures, in music videos and on television. She has appeared in many documentaries on belly dance and burlesque, performing and as an interview subject. In 2009, she was the star of Steve Balderson’s film “Underbelly: A Year In The Life Of Princess Farhana” which was released worldwide in theaters as well as on DVD. From the age of sixteen, Pleasant worked as a journalist and cultural commentator with literally thousands of articles published nationally and internationally on everything from rock ‘n’roll to homeless teenagers. Her memoirs, short stories and poetry have been widely anthologized and many works were recorded on her spoken word CD Ruined. She is the author and/or editor of eight books. www.pleasantgehman.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/pleasant.gehman www.facebook.com/princess.farhana www.twitter.com/PleasantGehman1 www.princessfarhana.com www.princessraqs.blogspot.com
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DON'T BE PANIC! Just read the book.
Pleasant Gehman has led many lives. She is not only a punk rock legend but a master at whatever she decides to do.
Some people also know Pleasant Gehman as "Princess Farhana." Some people call her simply, "The Princess."
However, I call her "The Queen of Everything" - especially after reading this book!!
I found myself laughing out loud on numerous occasions. Pleasant is a master at story-telling and I am telling you that the stories she has to tell are nothing but beyond extra-ordinary. Her heart and soul went into this book and you will be left simply wanting more!
After reading this amazing, candid volume, you will question what you have been doing with your life. This woman lives with gusto, follows her heart and goes after every opportunity that has come her way - and there have been many. Pleasant is beyond an inspiration - she is a creative genius, not only in her work but within her life. This comes across within every page.
This is a very important book on many levels. The forwards by Iris Berry and director Steve Balderson so thoughtfully and skilfully encapsulates the exact feelings you will have about Pleasant once you start reading the book.
Furthermore, I am breathlessly awaiting the follow up volume to this incredible collection.
As Margaret Cho states on the back sleeve. "Read her. You need to." I agree.