Andrew Nette is a writer of fiction and non-fiction, reviewer and pulp scholar. He is the author of two novels, Ghost Money, a crime story set in Cambodia in the mid-nineties, and Gunshine State. His short crime fiction has appeared in a number of print and on-line publications. He also co-edited Hard Labour, an anthology of Australian short crime fiction, and LEE, an anthology of fiction inspired by American cinema icon, Lee Marvin, both published by Crime Factory Publications.
His reviews and non-fiction have appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Sight and Sound, Guardian Australia, Australian Book Review, The Big Issue Australia, The British Film Institute, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and Noir City, the magazine of the US Film Noir Foundation. He is currently working on a monograph about Norman Jewison’s 1975 dystopian classic, Rollerball for the independent film and media studies publisher, Auteur, and undertaking a PhD examining the history of pulp paperback publishing in Australia.
For more from Andrew, check out his website HERE
Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950 to 1980
Editors: Iain McIntyre and Andrew Nette • Foreword by Peter Doyle
Publisher: PM Press
Page count: 336
Subjects: History-Pop Culture / Literature
Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats is the first comprehensive account of how the rise of postwar youth culture was depicted in mass-market pulp fiction. As the young created new styles in music, fashion, and culture, pulp fiction shadowed their every move, hyping and exploiting their behaviour, dress, and language for mass consumption and cheap thrills. From the juvenile delinquent gangs of the early 1950s through the beats and hippies, on to bikers, skinheads, and punks, pulp fiction left no trend untouched. With their lurid covers and wild, action-packed plots, these books reveal as much about society’s deepest desires and fears as they do about the subcultures themselves.
Girl Gangs features approximately 400 full-color covers, many of them never reprinted before. With 70 in-depth author interviews, illustrated biographies, and previously unpublished articles from more than 20 popular culture critics and scholars from the US, UK, and Australia, the book goes behind the scenes to look at the authors and publishers, how they worked, where they drew their inspiration and—often overlooked—the actual words they wrote. Books by well-known authors such as Harlan Ellison and Lawrence Block are discussed alongside neglected obscurities and former bestsellers ripe for rediscovery. It is a must read for anyone interested in pulp fiction, lost literary history, retro and subcultural style, and the history of postwar youth culture.
Contributors include Nicolas Tredell, Alwyn W. Turner, Mike Stax, Clinton Walker, Bill Osgerby, David Rife, J.F. Norris, Stewart Home, James Cockington, Joe Blevins, Brian Coffey, James Doig, David James Foster, Matthew Asprey Gear, Molly Grattan, Brian Greene, John Harrison, David Kiersh, Austin Matthews, and Robert Baker.
“Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats is populated by the bad boys and girls of mid-twentieth-century pulp fiction. Rumblers and rebels, beats and bikers, hepcats and hippies—pretty much everybody your mother used to warn you about. Nette and McIntyre have curated a riotous party that you won’t want to leave, even though you might get your wallet stolen or your teeth kicked in at any given moment.”
—Duane Swierczynski, two-time Edgar nominee, author of Canary and Revolver
“The underbelly of literature has been ignored for too long. This book redresses that imbalance, as over twenty authors explore low-life fiction in Australia, the UK, and the USA. Thoughtfully written and delightfully accessible, this is a book for all seasoned readers.”
—Toni Johnson-Woods, author of Pulp: A Collector’s Book of Australian Pulp Fiction Covers
“The authors of this volume have paid their dues. They’ve haunted the junk shops and flea markets, combed through the ratty cardboard boxes, smelled the mildew, inhaled the dust. They’ve turned a fresh and fearless eye to the unambiguously collectible, blue-ribbon 1950s and ’60s pulps, and then turned that same awareness to later material, from the ’70s—and they’ve identified a surprisingly durable pulp tradition which we can refer to as ‘tribe pulp,' a tradition which to my knowledge hasn’t been really named till now, certainly not as clearly and cogently as here.”
—From the foreword by Peter Doyle, author of City of Shadows and The Big Whatever
For a calendar of speaking events, please click here
- Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Read Cool Cats: Donovan's Literary Service
- The Power of Pulp Fiction: Girl Gangs, Biker Boys and More
On the Counterculture Politics of Trashy 1950s Novels: LitHub
- Beautiful Trash: Hardboiled Wonderland
- Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: MOJO Magazine
Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats
By Diane C. Donovan
Donovan’s Literary Services
Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950 to 1980 follows the history and evolution of postwar youth culture as depicted in mass-market pulp novels, drawing important connections between cultural depiction and counter-culture developments among juvenile audiences.
The collection uses some 400 color book covers; many never reprinted before, and pairs them with some 70 author interviews, biographical data, and previously unpublished articles from over 20 pop culture scholars from the U.S., UK and Australia.
Having a focus from various countries' experiences and a broad range of pop culture inspirations and influencers makes for a wide-ranging literary and social history not to be missed by any who enjoy studying youth cultural influences of the past and pulp fiction in general.
The Power of Pulp Fiction: Girl Gangs, Biker Boys and More
On the Counterculture Politics of Trashy 1950s Novels
By Scott Adlerberg
December 7th, 2017
It takes scholarly love and a fan’s enthusiasm to devote oneself to putting together a 300-plus page book dissecting obscure pulp fiction. But that is exactly what Australian writers Andrew Nette and Ian McIntyre have done with Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950 to 1980. Their ambitious work “chronicles three decades of public anxiety, fear and fascination in the United States, Britain and Australia around the concept of out-of-control youth, and the rapacious genius of pulp publishers in exploiting it to sell books.”Read more | Buy book now | Download e-book now | Read Reviews | Back to the top
Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: A Review
By Jedidiah Ayres
Thursday, December 7th, 2017
"Just picked up my own copy of Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats, the latest lingering, loving look at 'the pulps,' edited by Ian McIntyre and Andrew Nette. I love this kind of thing - in depth looks at the lurid, mass-market yet still underground, arts of yesteryear, presented as scholarly social study, but in place of a dry monotone it's clearly a labor of love and an endeavor of enthusiasm.
Because... all the thoughtfulness is appreciated and engaging, but the real value of these type of books is in collecting all the great artwork (poster art - cover art) in one place..."
Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: A Review
By Andrew Male
"Most eye-catchingly, it brings together the most outlandish, hilarious and beautiful pulp cover-art… But Nette’s book also presents deeply-researched articles on the writers, publishing houses and sub-genres of this vast underground milieu."Buy book now | Download e-book now | Read Reviews | Back to the top