Looking for Lady Dee:
A Punk Rock Mystery
Book Release & Signing Party
Book launch, reading and signing
with author Johnny Angel Wendell
Thursday, April 16, 2015
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Looking For Lady Dee (A Punk Rock Mystery) is a one of a kind story paralleling the career of a second wave punk band (Thrills) with the disappearance of one of its fans. The story of the late 70’s/early 80’s popular music scene is the backdrop. Author Johnny Angel Wendell tells all with pinpoint accuracy and wicked detail. Lurid, vivid and relentless in its descriptions of rock music’s unholy triumvirate (sex, drugs and the music itself) from an author that lived it and survived and his cohorts, many of whom did not. The author recounts, as the 23 year old Johnny Angel, his history in the movement as a sullen, surly squirt leaning very much on negative charisma and impulsive street smarts to get ahead in the demi-monde of punk/New Wave. And the disappearance of his love, a very good girl gone very bad, Ms. Dee McClain. As the 50 something Johnny Angel Wendell, he is contacted online by Ms. McClain’s best friend from the same music scene, Linda “Vivienne DeMilo” Boudreaux and together they piece together Dee’s story through hard work and a bit of old fashioned chicanery. What happened to their mutual friend leads them to places they never dreamed existed and in many ways, they thought they’d seen it all! Inspired by writers like Raymond Chandler, Lester Bangs, Bukowski, Richard Hell and Dennis Lehane, “Looking For Lady Dee” is not another middle aged look back at a wasted youth, but a hard-nosed twisting and turning tome of discovery and resolution.
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: X+Z Publishing; 1 edition (February 27, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 15 ounces
Johnny Wendell’s Looking for Lady Dee is a wildass, thrill-a-minute, insider’s ride through the punk rock inferno–written bya man who made the scene and somehow survived to talk about it. Think Bukowski meets Sid & Nancy, or Please Kill Me re-crafted by Dennis Lehane. With Lady Dee, Wendell has cooked up a nasty, sexy, beer-splattered, dope soaked kick-in-the-face-of-a-mystery. Not for the faint of heart–and not to be missed. —Jerry Stahl
Johnny writes with pinpoint accuracy, brutal honesty, and a healthy dose of arrogance. The one thing he’s always done, when he sets his mind to it, is deliver. Like his music and his politics his writing comes straight from the center of his heart. It’s hard to find someone who is so passionate about everything he does while simultaneously leading you to believe he does not give a fuck. Read Johnny’s book you will not be disappointed. —Dicky Barrett
About the author
Johnny Angel Wendell is a radio host, actor, musician and writer. He lives with his wife and sons in Silverlake, Los Angeles, California.
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