Welcome back to LETTER TO A FANZINE FRIDAY!
ROLLERDERBY Issue #3 Fall 1991 (no page #)
Letter from Coz The Shroom to Lisa Carver (Editor)
- Coz The Shroom was a frequent collaborator of Lisa Carver’s from the early 90’s until 2001. A recent video of Coz The Shroom playing at Sux by Suxwest 2013 (an actual anti-event separate from SXSW) is below.
- Lisa Carver’s book Reaching Out With No Hands: Reconsidering Yoko Ono was published by Backbeat Books in October 2012. An excerpt appeared in the New York Times on 10/19/12. You can link to her NYT piece here. In that excerpt Lisa wrote, “Yoko Ono is not pretty, she is not easy, her paintings aren’t recognizable, her voice is not melodious, her films are without plot and her Happenings make no sense…Most of her stuff is not even there. This is why I love her. This is why we need her. We have too much stuff already. It clutters our view, inward and outward.”
- Iceberg Slim gained acclaim in the 60’s and 70’s as a writer reflecting on the really bad things he did as a pimp, especially to women. While Iceberg Slim is a complex figure in America culture and literature, he was likely a sociopath who abused and terrorized vulnerable women who fell within his orbit. Despite this, Ice-T produced a 2012 documentary about Iceberg Slim called Portrait Of A Pimp. We’re uncertain if the film reflects on this chronic abusiveness and sociopathy, although the trailer portrays him as a hero. We’re also not sure if it features Johny Ratt.
- Speaking of complex figures, GG Allin died 20 years ago in 1993. He would have been 57 on 8/29/13.