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30 review for The Rocky Horror Picture Show Book

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dustin Major

    “No matter how confused you are, Rocky Horror says it’s okay. It’s okay if you wear a corset and garters, and prance around and sing. Enjoy.” ~Lois Dolan It's been too long. I can thank insomnia for this post. So far, every book I've posted has been one I personally own and is currently part of my home library. This book is the only exception. The Rocky Horror Picture Show Book, by Bill Henkin, is on loan from the XXX library with infinite gratitude. For the vast majority of people this book will “No matter how confused you are, Rocky Horror says it’s okay. It’s okay if you wear a corset and garters, and prance around and sing. Enjoy.” ~Lois Dolan It's been too long. I can thank insomnia for this post. So far, every book I've posted has been one I personally own and is currently part of my home library. This book is the only exception. The Rocky Horror Picture Show Book, by Bill Henkin, is on loan from the XXX library with infinite gratitude. For the vast majority of people this book will present no value; for anyone who happens to be even a modest fan of The Rocky Horror Picture Show this book is gold. But it’s value is not blatantly seen. That is to say it’s not a highly sought-after collectible nor is it extremely rare. A like-new copy can be found on Amazon for around 20 to 30 dollars. Unless it’s a hardcover copy which goes for around $900. Nor does it possess any overly quintessential information. This book’s true value is in its service as a time capsule of sorts. Published in 1979, it followed the original stage production by only six years and the film adaptation by four. Rhetorically it sits as a testament to The Rocky Horror Picture Show as an established phenomenon while simultaneously documenting the many particulars as if investigating a trend nouveau. The review of the movie’s cast, several of whom went on to become mega stars, subjectify the artists as still nascent performers. While at the same time it details much of the classic minutiae associated with The Rocky Horror Picture Show as standing traditions. In addition to the body of text, the book includes a plethora of print media; a multitude of photos of fans and cast members, theater billings and posters, memos between movers and shakers, newspaper articles, critical reviews, interviews, etc. Sadly though, it is a product of its time. It’s almost all in black-and-white, and the few included color photos are as hazy as you’d expect from 1970s amateur photography. Likewise, at its best its heights are to be cherished, but its lows are abysmal. So, at its highest point is the chapter titled, “The Cult: My Favorite Obsession.” I can only assume its original purpose was simply to outline the various theaters and productions across the United States for the purpose of explaining the RHPS’s genesis. 40 years after its publication though, it rests as a historical document chronicling the very first theaters to experiment with production. This chronicle is like a fossil record of the evolution of what we in 2020 know as the larger-than-life interactive event that is The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The book’s lowest point is the chapter, “Rocky Horror and the Critics: I Didn’t Make Him for You.” Here the author steps out of his workhouse and attempts a comparative review of professional criticisms (classical criticisms, not entertainment critic reviews). His attempt fails. Mr. Henkin has a tenuous understanding of the term “parody,” he faulters at linking direct quotes to context, and more than likely couldn’t tell you the difference between mise en scène and miso soup. I’ll end my invective against him by only suggesting you look into his other publications for support of my opinion. In summation, if you have read this post this far, why? Regardless of your reason(s), I’ll offer some concluding points. This endeavor has been mostly pointless. I’m doing it simply to knock the dust off my litterateur’s box of kit. As for any other audience, read the book, don’t read the book, I don’t care.

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    The other Sandy

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    Michael Oaks

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    Kagan

  29. 4 out of 5

    Faith-Anne

  30. 4 out of 5

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