Don your trench coast and dark glasses and join us for authors Allan MacDonell and Josh Alan Friedman as they read and sign copies of their most recent books with host Mike McPaddenSaturday, April 28st, 7:00 PM
ALLAN MACDONELL is the author of PRISONER OF X: 20 YEARS IN THE HOLE AT HUSTLER MAGAZINE. Just as the subtitle of his memoir states, Allan MacDonell rose through the ranks at Larry Flynt Publications over the course of two decades. He ultimately ran America’s Magazine from 1991 until 2002, when he was fired following his barbed jokes during a Larry Flynt Roast.
During his tenure, Allan brought numerous underground artists and writers on board as Hustler contributors, including Dan Clowes, Peter Bagge, Joe Coleman, Lisa Carver, and Feral House publisher Adam Parfrey. Among the derring-do detailed in PRISONER OF X are Allan’s viewing of a sex tape involving Ted Turner, Jane Fonda and a strap-on dildo, pulling pranks on Dennis Hopper and Frank Zappa, and spearheading The Flynt Report, which prompted multiple Republican resignations from Congress in 2000. Post-Hustler, Allan has been a regular contributor to the LA Weekly.
JOSH ALAN FRIEDMAN is the author of TALES OF TIMES SQUARE, WHEN SEX WAS DIRTY, I, GOLDSTEIN: MY SCREWED LIFE (co-authored with Al Goldstein), ANY RESEMBLANCE TO PERSONS LIVING OR DEAD (with Drew Friedman), and WARTS AND ALL (with Drew Friedman). The son of ’60s satirist Bruce Jay Friedman and the brother of astonishing illustrator Drew Friedman, Josh Alan Friedman carved out his own niche as the premiere chronicler of New York lowlife just moments before AIDS, crack and mainstream panic ended one of the sleaziest periods in the city’s history. Josh was SCREW magazine’s man on the (42nd) Street at the height of midtown Manhattan’s professional sex explosion, an experience he turned into the anthropological mind-blower TALES OF TIME SQUARE.
In 2004, Feral House issued a follow-up titled WHEN SEX WAS DIRTY, and presently plans to edit the books together into a single volume. While covering the peepshow beat, Josh also wrote scripts that his brother illustrated for comic strips that hilariously and horrifically illuminate the lowest underbelly of show business. These works endure in the Fantagraphics collections ANY RESEMBLANCE TO PERSONS LIVING OR DEAD and WARTS AND ALL. In 2006, Josh returned to work with his former employer, SCREW magazine founder turned homeless crank Al Goldstein, on the latter’s memoir I, GOLDSTEIN: MY SCREWED LIFE. Josh has been the subject of a documentary titled BLACKS AND JEWS (2003), and a movie adaptation of TALES OF TIMES SQUARE is currently filming.
The evening will be hosted by MIKE McPADDEN whose career highlights include: MRSKIN.COM (Editorial Director), HUSTLER, Entertainment Editor (1993-1995) & Contributing Editor (1992-2006), SCREW Contributing Writer (1993-1999), and HAPPYLAND, Editor and Publisher (1991-2001)