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Mr Pussy: Before I Forget to Remember

Mr Pussy: Before I Forget to Remember

Alan Amsby with David Kenny

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Before Panti Bliss and Miss Candy were glints in their parents’ eyes, Mr Pussy blazed a trail across Catholic Ireland with his outrageous alter ego, demolishing homophobic barriers from Belfast to Baltimore. He began performing his own show –modelling as a woman in Carnaby Street at the height of the Swinging Sixties. Ringo was a fan, and London was shocked (and pleasantly surprised) when it was revealed that the pretty young Sandy Shaw lookalike on the city’s billboards was a bloke.

Alan, together with Bono and Gavin Friday,opened a club in Dublin in the 1990s called Mr Pussy’s Cafe Deluxe. Its clientele were A-List: Sean Connery, Barry Manilow, Van Morrison, Ronnie Wood, Mel Gibson and Naomi Campbell to name but a few.

More than just a collection of hilarious anecdotes and celebrity tales, he tells the story of some of his tragic experiences. It is also the story of the gay community’s ongoing battle with homophobia, prejudice and injustice, as well as the gays’ issues with the Garda Síochana– many of them homophobes–who would often call to his shows and note who was in attendance. This is the remarkable story of a ground-breaking and boundary-pushing entertainer, full of pathos, charm and wit.

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Author Alan Amsby with David Kenny
Publisher New Island
Publication date 4 Nov 2016
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781848405677

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