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Giraffes in My Hair : A Rock 'n' Roll Life (Hardcover)

Author: Paley, Bruce

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Bruce Paley turned 18 in 1967 during the Summer of Love, putting himon the front lines of the late-1960s youth movement. Paley?s tumultuousjourney took him from being a Jack Kerouac-loving hippie in the 1960s,on the road with his 17-year-old girlfriend, dropping acid atDisneyland, living in a car, and crashing with armed Black Panthers atthe infamous 1968 Democratic National Convention, to hanging out atMax?s Kansas City, shooting heroin and cocaine with the likes of rockstar Johnny Thunders, and frequenting Times Square?s seedy brothels?ajourney that mirrored the changing times as the optimism of the ?60sgave way to the nihilism of the punk years. Over a dozen years, Brucecrossed paths with hippies, violent cops, rednecks, rock stars, andBlack Panthers... and ended up a heroin addict for much of the 1970s.

These stories are vividly brought to life in Giraffes in My Hair (A Rock ?N? Roll Life) by the compelling visual storytelling of Bruce?s partner, the cartoonist Carol Swain.

Swain?s trademark visual approach to comics, typified by exquisitelycomposed panels that vividly capture both anomie and pathos, isperfectly suited to dramatizing Paley?s life during that confusing,tumultuous period of American history ? a life lived in thecountercultural margins, amidst personal chaos and social dissolution.Swain?s storytelling rhythms are contemplative and breathes inner lifeinto Paley?s turbulent stories, creating a perceptive prism to view thevast possibilities and endless pitfalls as experienced by a kid growingup in America in the late 1960s and early ?70s.

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Publisher Fantagraphics Books
Mfg Part# 9781606991626
SKU 210872857
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1606991620
Release Date 8/5/2009
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