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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.

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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
ISBN: 978-1-62963-438-8
Published: 10/2017
Format: Paperback
Size: 10x8
Page count: 336
Subjects: History-Pop Culture / Literature
$29.95

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 With 70 in-depth author interviews, illustrated biographies, and previously unpublished articles from more than 20 popular culture critics and scholars from the US, UK, and Australia, the book goes behind the scenes to look at the authors and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.

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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

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ggGirl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: A Review
By Jane Sullivan
The Age

April 27th, 2018

"I've been having huge fun reading about JD fiction and looking at the outrageously titillating covers in Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats, an anthology edited by two Australians, Iain McIntyre and Andrew Nette. What was once reviled as rubbishy reading is now collected, curated and revered as retro chic."

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ggGirl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: A Review
By Michael Simmons
High Times
July 2018

Between the unintentional comedy of bargain-basement hacks and the come-hither-and-read-me covers, this collection of a long-gone low-brow art form expresses attitudes that were absurd even in their day. One can only hope—AG sessions notwithstanding—they remain so.

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ggGirl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: A Review
By Andrew Stevens
Creases Like Knives
March 19th, 2018

As can be expected, the book’s admiring editors (fans, rather than academics, though they include several) present pulp as firmly belonging to the 50s post-Reefer Madness counterculture of dope fiends and beatniks in squats, ‘Get Off the Road’ biker girls gone bad and hot rod blowouts. If you’re wondering why you’re even reading about this on here, there’s also plenty of room given to later pulp in the form of the youthsploitation New English Library (NEL) and its iconic school playground currency ‘paperback nasties’ in Richard Allen’s Skinhead novels.

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ggGirl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: A Review
By Alf Mayer
CultureMag
March 18th, 2018

"Rock 'n roll, hot boxes, car racing, leather jackets, potheads, hippies, lesbians, surfing spies, girls gang, anything queer as you want to be , the book bursts with surplus energy and the desire to find expression through style, fashion, Music and language, revolt and protest. The many covers are just one aspect. Pulp fiction, as Susan Stryker noted in her Queer Pulp, Perverted Passions from the Golden Age of the Paperback (2001), "functions as a great social unconscious. Fantasies of wish fulfillment are abolished here as well as desperate desire, despised desires, small disappointments and treacheries, irresponsible violence, doubts or marginalization. ""

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ggGirl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: A Review
By Michael Jongen
The Newtown Review of Books
March 8th, 2018

"Come for the covers — some of which may be familiar or indeed inspire a Proustian moment — but do stay for the essays. These are well researched, informative and fascinating. In his Foreword Peter Doyle looks at the successions of youth subcultures and how the post-World-War-II tabloids flourished in an atmosphere of ‘panic refrains’. (A business model which still seems to work if the tabloids’ current fixation with ‘African crime gangs’ is any indication.)

There is so much to love in this beautifully curated collection of covers, essays and extracts...This book is a powerful history of the literature that was written for and about the marginalised. It is our history and I am grateful it has been published in such an inspiring format."

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ggGirl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: A Review
By Max Décharné
The Spectator
February 17th, 2018

"... it was a real pleasure to read Andrew Nette’s sympathetic piece about Jane Gallion, self-described ‘fuckbook writer’, author of the novels Stoned and Biker, and editor for the Los Angeles pulp publishers Essex House and Brandon House. There, she co-authored numerous sex manuals such as Coito Ergo Sum, and occasionally attempted to sneak some humour into the company’s output despite the wishes of her boss — an incident she recalled in a lengthy autobiographical letter reproduced here. ‘Jane,’ he said grimly, ‘no satire. Ya can’t laugh and keep a hard-on.’"

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ggGirl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: A Review
By David Cranmer
Criminalelelment.com

February 8th, 2018

"I enjoy delving into a book that I previously would have thought I’d have no interest in sampling and then spending hours reading and rereading the passages. Understand, I love pulp, but teenage angst, women behind bars, and titles like The Hippy Cult Murders and Skinhead Farewell are not normally my preference. Actually, I had zero interest until Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950 to 1980 landed in my lap."

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ggGirl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: A Review
By Ariel Schudson
Dangerous Minds
February 2nd, 2018

"Ever since I read the shatteringly great Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: Pulp Fiction and Youth Culture, 1950 to 1980, I am a mess! If I was once nostalgic for a past I wasn’t even alive for, I am now pining for characters and circumstances that never happened at all! Editors and authors Iain McIntyre and Andrew Nette have created something unbelievable with this volume. Something that seems almost unthinkable: it is a reference book for pulp work written in a pulp-style. What I mean by this is that it is addictive, a quick read, and it leaves you wanting more."

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ggGirl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats
By Gary von Hersch
Shindig
February 2018

5 star review

"With 70 in-depth author interviews (including Harlan Ellison and Lawrence Block), illustrated biographies and articles by 22 pop culture critics, this book goes full-disclosure with the sub-genre’s writers and their inspirations and, most interestingly, with the inside operations of their canny publishers and, usually lost in all the hustle, the real words they wrote. I found the sections titled Teenage Jungle, Groupies And Immortals and Love Tribes particularly accessible."

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ggGirl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats
by Maxim Jakubowski
Crimetime UK
January 27th, 2018

An indispensable collection of essays and articles about the golden years of paperback originals, this lavishly-illustrated compendium, worth it for the iconography alone, not only provides hitherto unavailable information about both mysterious, forgotten authors but also invaluable information on some of the pseudonyms who freely invested the paperback, genre jungle which was at the essence of postwar pulp fiction phenomenon. Examining stories of bikers, skinheads, hippies, sleuths, sex cults and a whole assortment of downright odd inhabitants of the many genres that bloomed briefly before disappearing to become collectibles, this is not just a resource but a fascinating read. It even sheds light on Jane Gallion, the obscure Essex House author of which so little was known, and the pseudonymous production of many writers now better known under their own name, and confirms there are still treasures to be discovered in those paperback treasures of yesteryear . A collection to be dipped in again and again.

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ggGirl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats
By Steve Holland
Bear Alley
January 22nd, 2018

"Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats isn't a straight telling of history, but a jigsaw that builds up into a widescreen picture of its subjects, using essays about juvenile delinquency, youthsploitation, beats, bikers and bohemians as a starting point; the reader is then treated to reviews of some of the key novels in each of seven sections and interviews with some of those involved, including Ann Bannon, Floyd Salas, Sharon Rudahl, Brad Lang, Marijane Meaker and George Snyder..."

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ggGirl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats
By Wenceslao Bruclaga
#VansBookClub
January 15th, 2017

The book, edited by PM Press , also ventures into a risky justice for all that pulp literature that according to collaborators, consider fundamental in movements such as women's liberation, taking up the novels about gangs of girls or dissatisfied women of disruptive writers like Ann Bannon, Laura del Rivo or Christine James (despised by the feminists of the sixties); or the impulse of journalism and fiction music such as Jazzman in Nudetown by Bob Tralins, The Big Blues by Pal Bunyan, Hard Rock by Jay Lawrence or Second-Hand Family by Richard Parker (perhaps a rough record by Almost Famous) or The Immortal by Walter Ross of the first great biopics or shockumentarys. Taking into account all that delirious pulp literature that took flight with the stories of hippie-satanic cults that would be the breeding ground for gore and soft porn.

An indispensable treatise to know the origins of today's devout alternative or indie culture.

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ggGirl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats
By Diane C. Donovan

Donovan’s Literary Services

January 2018

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.

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ggThe Power of Pulp Fiction: Girl Gangs, Biker Boys and More
On the Counterculture Politics of Trashy 1950s Novels

By Scott Adlerberg
Literary Hub
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.”

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ggGirl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: A Review
By Jedidiah Ayres
Hardboiled Wonderland
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..."


ggGirl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats: A Review
By Andrew Male

MOJO Magazine

January 2018

"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."

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