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The Rocky Horror Picture Book

Well our copies have now arrived. They only took around ten days from the USA. At today's exchange rate (Saturday, July 12th, 2014) they worked out at £30.50 a book including the international postage. With the volume of copies printed and the book being over 200 pages that is not too unreasonable as far as cost goes.

The book is a lovely addition to anyone's collection with many unseen and behind the scenes images from The Rocky Horror Show, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Shock Treatment, as well as many personal images of the casts and crew. There are also images contributed by amongst others Patricia Quinn, Brian Thompson and Daniel Abineri. There's even one of Steph's images included.

Overall a great addition to the printed world of Rocky Horror. Recommended!

TimeWarp Webmaster - Saturday, July 12th, 2014    (Scroll down the page for Rob's in depth Review)

Information from http://www.rockyhorrorpicturebook.com.

You can order the book via their website.

Perry Bedden's Rocky Horror Picture Book
Authored by Perry Bedden, Contributions by Jim Hetzer, Contributions by Chris Holley
List Price: $34.99
8.5" x 8.5" (21.59 x 21.59 cm)
Full Color Bleed on White paper
261 pages
Rocky Horror Preservation Foundation
ISBN-13: 978-0615962054 (Custom)
ISBN-10: 061596205X
BISAC: Biography & Autobiography / Entertainment & Performing Arts During the early 70's, actor Perry Bedden took and collected many photographs that he is now sharing with the fans. It was an exciting time for all but despite all the success, nobody could have predicted what would become of the movie and stage play.
In this book you will see the other side of the Rocky Horror experience. Perry has kindly given permission to publish his personal and, until now, private pictorial collection of the very early days of the Rocky Horror movie and stage play.


Review by Rob Bagnall

When it comes to books about Rocky Horror, there are a number of different approaches an author may take. As well as those which explore the history and making of the show or the film either from an inside perspective, such as Rayner Bourton's enjoyable 2009 account; or from an outsider's point of view, most notably Jim Whittaker's Cosmic Light (1998) and Bill Henkin's The Rocky Horror Picture Show Book (1979) there have been those which look at Rocky's unique fan following (i.e. Sal Piro's two excellent Creatures Of The Night volumes from 1990 and 1995) and others which take the form of pictorial records, in particular the incredible collection of Mick Rock's glorious images (published in 2005).

This latest tome, put together by Jim (Cosmo's Factory) Hetzer and Chris Holley, takes the latter approach, and, while not nearly as lavish, glossy or sophisticated as the aforementioned Mick Rock compilation, its assemblage of rare (some never-before-seen) photos mostly from the personal collection of Perry Bedden make it another must have item for any serious Rocky Horror fan.

In addition to his celebrated appearance as a Transylvanian (and the photographer's young assistant at the wedding of Ralph and Betty) in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Perry also played Riff Raff (and, on occasion, Frank-n-Furter) on stage in several UK and international productions of The Rocky Horror Show, and the book's wealth of images (mostly full page blow-ups) treats fans to a veritable cornucopia of his most personal memories.

There are behind the scenes and backstage shots of both stage and screen incarnations of Rocky Horror; an abundance of familiar faces including genuine Rocky legends such as Richard O'Brien, Tim Curry, Patricia Quinn, Little Nell, Rayner Bourton, Meat Loaf, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Daniel Abineri, Jim Sharman, Richard Hartley, Belinda Sinclair, Neil McCaul, Russell Crowe (the list goes on) either posing behind the scenes or mugging for the camera at various parties and informal gatherings (birthdays, Christmases, show premieres and the like); and exciting glimpses of the great Brian Thomson's original set models and designs (including his floor-plan drawing for the Shock Treatment soundstage).
One page shows an old advertisement which poignantly refers to Bray Studios as 'Britain's Most Successful Small Studio' - this ad now has a deeply tragic resonance, given the studios' subsequent sad decline, and it actually brought a tear to my eye.
The book's later pages showcase a small selection of more recent images a gorgeous shot of Richard O'Brien and his wife Sabrina; Perry memorably reunited with Pat, Nell, Barry and fellow Transylvanian Stephen Calcutt at last year's Memorabilia comic convention in Birmingham, and a few pictures of The Rocky Horror Show's 2013 UK touring cast (including Oliver Thornton, Kristian Lavercombe and Ceris Hine) which help bring the story up-to-date and round off this joyously candid and engaging glimpse through Perry's personal photo album.

A particular highlight of the book, in my opinion, is Perry's fascinating ten-page introduction, in which the actor chronicles his extraordinary history with not only the enduring Rocky Horror phenomenon itself but also the theatre-scene of the 1970s and early '80s (his involvement with the original London production of Jesus Christ Superstar is also acknowledged amongst the book's many photos); and, while I would have liked a few more actual performance and cast shots of the various Rocky Horror Show stage productions (something I can never get enough of), the work is another must-have addition to the bookshelf of any serious Rocky Horror aficionado.

Thanks for sharing, Perry.

Rob Bagnall, July 2014

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