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..."Beer, Blood and Cornmeal: Seven Years of Incredibly Strange Wrestling" by Bob Calhoun.

This was one of two books borrowed from Steve Mandel when we were out there earlier this year (I think).

Incredibly Strange Wrestling (ISW) was a fixture of San Francisco before the dot.com scene happened. The dot.com scene is what killed it. Bob Calhoun, under the name "Count Dante" was a performer/announcer for this local promotion that didn't specialize in wrestling so much as performance art, backed up by punk rockers. This was when San Francisco was still cheap to live in and alternative lifestyles were the norm.

ISW moved from a club called The Transmission to the Warped Tour to the Fillmore. The Transmission is gone now, having closed and turned into a yuppie office space before whatever company took it over went kablooie. Before that, it hosted wrestlers who were more interested in their bizarre and tasteless characters than sports entertainment. With characters like El Homo Loco, Macho Sasquatcho, El Pollo Diablo, Oi Boy, the Poontangler and Uncle NAMBLA, backed up by punk bands before and after, the wrestlers were paid in beer and suffered the indignity of tortillas being thrown at them every Friday night. Not pita, lavash or any Middle Eastern baked goods, corn tortillas only.

It's a crazy, crazy story and it's true. This tome is put out by the ECW press, so if you find it, read it. It'll be your most unique read all year.



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Jul. 1st, 2012 05:09 am (UTC)
This sounds awesome. I'm going to see if Barnes and Noble has it available.
Jul. 1st, 2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
It is awesome. You may have to special-order it.
Jul. 1st, 2012 11:38 am (UTC)
Sounds like a more colorful (not to mention hardcore) version of what Cyndi Lauper and Captain Lou Albano were doing at one point.
Jul. 2nd, 2012 10:43 pm (UTC)
What great stage names!
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