Here, from the incomparable John Waters, is a paean to the power of subversive inspiration that will delight, amuse, enrich—and happily horrify—readers everywhere.
Role Models is, in fact, a self-portrait told through intimate profiles of favorite personalities—some famous, some unknown, some criminal, some surprisingly middle of the road. From Esther Martin, owner of the scariest bar in Baltimore, to the playwright Tennessee Williams; from the atheist leader Madalyn Murray O’Hair to the insane martyr Saint Catherine of Siena; from the English novelist Denton Welch to the timelessly appealing singer Johnny Mathis—these are the extreme figures who helped the author form his own brand of neurotic happiness.
Role Models is a personal invitation into one of the most unique, perverse, and hilarious artistic minds of our time.
John Waters is an American filmmaker, actor, writer, and visual artist best known for his cult films, including Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, and Cecil B. DeMented. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
John Waters: A Bad Influence Picks His 'Role Models'
An outlandish character with an affinity for the weird, extreme and shocking, John Waters is not the man you want your kids to idolize. But in his new memoir, Role Models, Waters looks at the people he finds most inspiring and influential to his life, including himself, Johnny Mathis, Charles Manson groupie Leslie Van Houten and a lesbian stripper named Zorro. Though quite a contrast from Mother Teresa or Gandhi, Waters delves into his experiences with this rare breed of paragons and their effect on his pro
Singers, Writers, Strippers: The Role Models of John Waters
In Role Models, filmmaker John Waters profiles his favorite personalities—some famous, some unknown—who helped shape his unique worldview.
We welcome filmmaker and author John Waters to the studio. The writer and director behind the original film "Hairspray," Waters has just come out with a new memoir, "Role Models." His other films include "Polyester," "Cry-Baby," "Pink Flamingos" and "Cecil B. Demented."
Host: Michael Krasny
The incomparable John Waters, Baltimore native and writer/director of cult classic films like Pink Flamingos and Hairspray, joins us to talk about his new autobiography Role Models. On Saturday, June 5th, at 7pm, John Waters will sign copies of Role Models at Atomic Books.
Craig and John discuss rat fur, the royal wedding, Mother's Day and graveyards.
Craig and John discuss fashion, shrimping, Little Richard.