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The Underground Guide to Los Angeles: 3rd Edition (Underground Guide to Los Angeles) [Paperback]

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"You want edgy, go for Pleasant Gehman's Underground Guide to Los Angeles, which packs more piss, energy, raw interest and just-plain useful info into its 240 pages than the usual businesslike fluff from Fodor's."-LA Voice

In The Underground Guide to Los Angeles you can find all the usual stuff-like theme parks and landmarks and famous restaurants-but there's also all this insider stuff that no tourist books would ever mention . . . like the best car-wash taco stands, places rock stars died, weird architecture, underground art galleries, Charles Bukowski's grave, cool swap meets, tranny hooker dive bars . . . whatever. A lot of locals actually buy it for the information on cheap eats, wild entertainment, and queer, punk, and kink scenes. With chapters by Pleasant Gehman, Iris Berry, Suzy Beal, S.A. Griffin, Dan Epstein, Nancy Whalen, Karen Cusolito, E.A. Gehman, Jayson Marston, MX Lingua, Aida Cynthia DeSantis, Libby Molyneaux and Joe Hill, Mary Herczog, Anthony Bernal, and Margaret Cho.

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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.8" Width: 4.2" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2006
Publisher   Manic D Press, Inc.
ISBN  1933149140  
ISBN13  9781933149141  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Princess Farhana has performed, taught and written about Oriental Dance since 1990. One of the most well known best-loved belly dancers in the world, she has appeared in Egypt, China, across Europe and The United Kingdom, as well as throughout North America. An artistic chameleon and a fusion pioneer, she performs many styles of dance with ease, from traditional to contemporary. Princess Farhana was trained in the Egyptian style of belly dance by Zahra Zuhair of Los Angeles and Raqia Hassan of Cairo, among many others. The Princess is also well known as a theatrical belly dance fusion performer, conceiving and executing fantasy tableaux and dramatically recreating vintage styles of Oriental Dance from the Edwardian era to the 1970's. A perpetual student, she is fascinated with anything related to Oriental dance, and has done extensive research on its history, traditions, and myriad forms. Princess Farhana has danced and acted in numerous motion pictures, in music videos and on television. She has appeared in many documentaries on Oriental Dance, performing and as an interview subject. In 2009, she was the star of Steve Balderson's film "Underbelly: A Year In The Life Of Princess Farhana" which was released worldwide in theaters as well as on DVD. Prior to her dance career, she was a musician, author and and professional journalist using her given name Pleasant Gehman. She made multiple recordings and toured extensively with her bands, and has authored literally thousands of articles for national, international and internet publications. Her memoirs, creative writing and poetry have been widely anthologized and many works were recorded on her spoken word CD Ruined. "The Belly Dance Handbook" is based on articles she has written for belly dance publications and for her popular blog, "Missives From The Royal Palace," which has been online since 2009. It is her eighth book. http: // http: // https: // https: //

Pleasant Gehman currently resides in Los Angeles, in the state of California.

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Lots of errors and omissions  Jan 20, 2006
A few unpleasant facts for Pleasant (the editor): Gathering together a bunch of your buddies and asking them to write a chapter for your book does not constitute good journalism and does not result in a good book. Omissions: I was looking for info. on the early punk clubs (The Masque, etc.) in this "underground " guide. Nothing. I also saw a listing for Jerry's Famous Deli in the book, but the writer failed to mention that Andy Kaufman had worked there as a waiter at the height of his Taxi fame. Errors: Too many to spell out, but one that made me slap my forehead was a writer's contention that Hawaii Five-O had been filmed at CBS Studio City with "ocean footage edited-in". In fact, that was probably the first television show to be shot entirely on-location, with interior scenes shot in their own studio in Hawaii.
I was sucked in by the title, but other books offer more  Jun 22, 2005
This book is a good idea, but even the standard Moon handbook has more hidden out of the way stuff than this one. It's more like a series of essays than a comprehensive guidebook, so you can't turn to a specific area or a specific topic, other than the essay titles. It's best as a guide to restaurants, shops, bars, and coffeehouses, but there are much better ones if that's what you are really after. Everything is treated too quickly to really give the reader a good idea what they are getting into.

I remember one thing in the Hollywood chapter they pointed out was the Pink Dot, a convienence store that delivers. I "had to" go visit it, thinking it was a famous landmark, but it is really just one of a chain of mediocre conveinence stores. I have no idea why it made it into an "underground" guidebook.
Worthless  Apr 30, 2003
Whether one loves or hates Los Angeles, most people agree that it's an interesting place. The remarkable achievement of this book is that it makes L.A. sound boring.

The book consists of chapters written by different authors, all of whom consider themselves to be knowledgeable insiders but who are generally clueless.

There are a lot of good insider guides available for L.A. This is not one of them.

Tons of way cool stuff  Dec 11, 2001
While this book does include some LA basic tourist stuff, it also includes tons of record stores, thrift shops, strange history places, and Bukowski's grave site. Great dive bar recommendations and cheap eats, too. The chapter written by LA scenester Vaginal Davis is the funniest thing I've ever read in any guidebook anywhere and is itself worth the price of this book... a fun book for visitors and residents alike - loved it!
Same ol' same ol' - Anything BUT Underground  Nov 14, 2001
When one hears the word "underground", one usually thinks you are going to get the inside scoop on something or get the unusual, strange or non-ordinary. This book is anything BUT those qualilties.

This LA guide gives you the same ol' sites to see that any other tourist book would....Mann's Chinese Theatre, Universal Studios, Hollywood Walk of Fame. You might get a good reccomendation on where to eat, but that is about it. Nothing too underground about this book.

However, for a tourist book it really isnt bad. Pick it up. Just dont go in with the pre-conceived notion that you are picking up something unusual. it is as good as any other tourist book of L.A.


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