DARK STARS RISING: CONVERSATIONS FROM THE OUTER REALMS by Shade Rupe is a collection of 27 candid interviews spanning 24 years with unique and free-thinking artists, from America to Austria, and beyond. Working in different media, countries, constraints, and freedoms, the vortex here is created by New York film writer Shade Rupe, known for his avant interests and the cultural realm he inhabits with his Funeral Party books. Everyone in this collection has produced artifacts that affect the heart, mind, soul, and future.
The smaller half of Penn & Teller ends the silence for a lengthy discussion of magic and falsehoods, Divine opens the closet for his transition to playing male roles, Crispin Glover discusses his love for the films of Fassbinder and other greats, Faster Pussycat! Kill, Kill!’s Tura Satana tells it like it is from burlesque shows to Hollywood, Alejandro Jodorowsky showers cinema lovers with psychomagic, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge lays down the gauntlet with his creations Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, and much much more.
A visually stunning package, DARK STARS RISING contains over 500 photographs and illustrations, many of them rare and hitherto unseen.
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
Throughout 2009 and 2010, SHADE RUPE produced the Deep Red International Festival of Fantastic Film in Seattle and Portland, programmed the 26th Olympia Film Festival, served as Chairman of the International Jury at the 15th Lund International Festival of Fantastic Film in southern Sweden, curated a weekend film festival at Sundance, coproduced the four-city Ken Russell tour Russellmania! along with Fantasia, Lincoln Center, the American Cinematheque, and Rue Morgue, wrote the feature film Fear Factory in 3-D, was a guest at the Night Visions festival in Helsinki, and completed this book. He also edited the Funeral Party books and had done a mess of other stuff. A few of his favorite films are Performance, The Devils, Zardoz, All That Jazz, Stardust Memories, and The Hourglass Sanitorium, and favorite musicians he’s seen live include Whitehouse, Krzysztof Penderecki, Gary Numan, The Master Musicians of Bukkake, Diamanda Galás, and The Black Angels. He travels a lot and shares a Manhattan apartment with an actor and a chinchilla.
Shortlisted for the 2011 Bram Stoker Awards!
Nominated for the 2011 Rondo Hatton Awards for Book of the Year!
'The most fearsome creatures in the transgressive cinema.'
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
'A wild, untamed grab bag of gonzo genre weirdos in one lovingly sculpted collection. A must-have for cinema miscreants of almost every persuasion.'
Chris Alexander, Fangoria
'This is a book that deserves to be read and re-read because there is no way to take it all in on the first go around.'
'There is a smarter universe out there and Shade may just have inadvertently mapped its manifesto.'
Steven Severin, Siouxie & The Banshees
'Visually, it’s almost like being hopped up on sugar and then reaching for another Twinkie: overload!'
'Nobly horrific. I loved it!'
'Take a walk on the wild side.'
New York Post
'A book which proves there ALL ways IS an under the counter culture no matter how inert the mass media environment might wish us to believe and surrender to. VIVA LA EVOLUTION!'
Genesis Breyer P_Orridge
'Fans of the dark, demented, and depraved side of cinema, rejoice - Shade Rupe has written your bible.'
'A venerable feast for anti-art lovers everywhere.'
Dark Stars Rising
Conversations from the Outer Realms
Publication date: 05/03/2012
'The most fearsome creatures in the transgressive cinema' - Roger Ebert
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