Saturday, 12 October 2013

Back Page Oddities: French Connection

Hello everyone!

Once again, it has been so long since my last post and the compilation series was on hold for a while but I am finally back. I could have told you in a quick post but no, I'm an ignorant bugger so I didn't do that. It's been quite hectic here at Mondo Squallido HQ recently. I won't bore you with the details but hopefully, will be posting on a much more regular scale than usual and there will be a new compilation soon! Anyway, today I thought I would throw up a small post that entertained me at least and I thought I would share with you all!

I recently finished the fantastic The French Connection from Robin Moore. I adore the film and had to read the book that spawned the movie (kinda). I ordered it from Amazon a few months a go and it was advertised with the cover of the film poster. Usually books that have spawned films annoy me when they use imagery from the movie on the cover but with the poster artwork of the film being so iconic, I didn't mind too much. To my surprise, when I received my book, after recovering from the STRONG smell of damp and old book, I find it had different artwork and was actually an edition from 1971 that was released just before the film.

You're probably thinking "Yeah that's all well and good Pete but why are you wasting my time?"
Well, once I finished the book I noticed the advertisements in the back of the book including the double page spread for a book called Cop! by L. H. Whittemore and man does it sound like a grindhouse era film that I wish they made (someone probably did come to think of it!). I have to source this book because it sounds amazing. I mean look at the advert, it starts with Cop! repeated and then BOOM! Tell me ya'll didn't read that in a smooth, Jim Brown style voice! I just love the simplicity of this and quirkiness of things like this in general. If you haven't already I invite you to check out my Wank Rag Swag to see what I'm really talking about.

I know books nowadays still have adverts for other books but it's just so boring and dull to me. Just when I thought that was it, I turn to the final page and discover this. The mail order page. Once again, big deal right? Where else will you see book titles like The Voyeur and amazing titles like And To My Nephew Albert I Leave The Island What I Won Off Fatty Hagan In A Poker Game? I have no idea if it's a good book or not but Fatty Hagan losing and island for only 25p sounds like a winner to me! Yes indeed it does!

Anyway ladies and gentlemen, that's it. That's the BIG return from your uncle Peter! Like I said, it tickled my borrowed nostalgia nerve so I thought I would share with you all!

Until the next time, thank you for sticking with me and my unorganised (but well shaped) arse!