Yank, New York, 1960
The blurb on the back:
Our UK Agents can offer the following in this Series of Novels...
I have no idea what this is supposed to be about. The whole point of pornography has always been to promise more than you have any intention of delivering - hope springs eternal, and a hopeful fool and his money are soon parted. But even so, there was that period around 1960 when nothing was delivered. Didn't the schmucks buying this stuff ever just give up?
Well, presumably not, 'cos it kept on coming (as it were). This looks fine, has all the right ingredients - including a hero who's a jazz musician and knows one end of a spliff from another - but really, what's the point? Apart, obviously, from the kitsch value we can now derive from writing like this:
Despite the American price, it looks like the cover is a British addition, since the back lists the first 14 titles in the Yank series and says they're available from Ben's Books, Parkway, London NW1 (sadly, no longer there). Amongst the books are Helena Troy's The Mad and the Damned, Jackson Mitchell's The Nude Senorita and a couple of volumes by our friend Orrie Hitt. Ben can also offer us another series published by Kozy (the parent company of Yank, as I understand it) which includes another undoubted masterpiece from Mr Lessing, Love Under Water and the fabulously titled Virgin of Spare Rib Hill by Craig Barstow.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: 2/5
HIPNESS QUOTIENT: 4/5
(scan courtesy of those nice people at
Java's Bachelor Pad)