“The Unsinkable Bambi Lake: A Fairy Tale Containing the Dish on Cockettes, Punks, and Angles” by Bambi Lake— Evolving or Lying?

Lake, Bambi. “The Unsinkable Bambi Lake: A Fairy Tale Containing the Dish on Cockettes, Punks, and Angles”, Manic D Press, 2017.

Evolving or Lying?

Amos Lassen

Bambi Lake shares her intimate account of one individual’s evolution from innocent, suburban Johnny Purcell in the ’60s into fabulous, infamous Bambi Lake. Nothing is off-topic in this dramatic, revealing memoir that is an updated version of the original that was published in 1996. It contains new photos and an Epilogue: “20 Years Later”.

Bambi’s story is unique and universal, fascinating and frightening and compelling. We also read about the Cockettes in this book and the punk scene in San Francisco. Bambi documents a lost era of San Francisco.

We read the truth of what San Francisco once was and Bambi includes the prurient stories of her sexual exploits. Bambi bridges the gap between Haight Street “Summer Of Love” and the early days of the Fab Mab. This is a book that shows how to be true to oneself with dignity and a sense of humor.

The book itself is a series of vignettes told in the first person and here is where I tell you that there are many detractors who claim that this is a book that is filled with lies meant to impress and amaze the reader. I am neither impressed nor amazed. I don’t know what to do with that.

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