Cherry Vanilla, David Bowie, Andy Warhol, Helmut Newton et al.
Edition : First / New York / Vanilla Paper Inc. / 1974 / Hardcover. / VG+ 8vo, Unpaginated (ca 80pp). Taped and sewn board binding. Numerous Colour plates. Text in English. One of of 250 copies signed and numbered by Vanilla with an imprint of her nipple.
Super scarce and very early book from pop and punk scene legend Cherry Vanilla. Full of writings, drawings, photographs featuring practically the whole family of rock i.e. Jagger, Bowie etc. “Cherry Vanilla was born Kathleen Dorritie in Woodside, New York. Adopting the stage name Cherry Vanilla, she starred in the London productions of Andy Warhol’s play, Pork, and other theatre of the ridiculous plays including a role as a necrophiliac nurse. She worked for MainMan LTD as David Bowie’s publicist, in the early 1970s. She became known for her outrageous marketing strategies, which included an open offer to perform oral sex on any DJ who would play Bowie’s records and a series of radio commercials that began “Hi, my name is Cherry Vanilla and I’ve got scoops for you'” whilst working for Radio Hanoi in protest of the Vietnam war. After parting ways with Bowie in 1974, Vanilla formed her first band with Kasim Sulton, which played under her name. In 1976 she formed Cherry Vanilla & her Staten Island Band, with Buzzy John Vierno (bass guitar), Frank La Rocca (drums), Thomas Morrongiello (guitar), and Gary Cohen (piano). The group’s first released material was the track “Shake Your Ashes”, on the Max’s Kansas City album of 1976…..”