San Francisco Bizarro

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San Francisco. The very name may bring to mind anything from Sam Spade dodging bullets to drug experimentation at Fillmore West to the first openly gay community in the Castro district. Ever since the gold rush, the city has been a haven for the unusual and the well-before-their-time, but there's no better time than now to see the downright bizarre.

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Overview

San Francisco. The very name may bring to mind anything from Sam Spade dodging bullets to drug experimentation at Fillmore West to the first openly gay community in the Castro district. Ever since the gold rush, the city has been a haven for the unusual and the well-before-their-time, but there's no better time than now to see the downright bizarre.

If you want to see the Golden Gate Bridge and eat Ghirardelli chocolates, there are many fine books that will hold your hand through the process. But if you'd rather:

-Visit the birthplace of LSD

-Take home a toilet guitar

-Worship at the church of John Coltrane

-Have a pint and a nosh at O'Greenberg's

-Photograph the attractive Manson family home

-Ride with the Hell's Angels

-Take a Black Panther legacy tour, or

-Visit the nation's only fully restored nuclear missile site,

then San Francisco Bizarro is the book for you. With addresses, hours, and phone numbers, you'll be fully equipped for the most bizarre visit ever. Because America doesn't get any freakier than this.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312206710
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/5/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Boulware came to San Francisco in the eighties as a wide-eyed innocent and lived to tell the tale, writing about the city for San Francisco Weekly, The New York Times Magazine, and the Washington Post, among others. He is also the author of Sex, American Style and on the organizing committee of Litstock, a free festival of readings by San Francisco writers.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Acknowledgments 5
It's a Living 8
World Ginseng Center 10
First Reading of "Howl" 12
City Lights Bookstore 12
Psychedelic Shop 14
Owsley's LSD Bathtub 14
Clearlight LSD Lab 14
The Sharper Image 16
Japanese Tea Garden 17
Golden Gate Fortune Cookies 17
Charlie Deal's Toilet Guitars 18
The International Gnome Club 19
Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic 19
Shivas Irons Society 20
Christopher Radko Ornaments 21
Bay Area Tankers 22
Slot Machine Invention 23
Television Invention 23
Bay to Breakers 24
Dolphin Club 24
Burning Man Project 25
Church of John Coltrane 26
Church of Satan 28
Universal Life Church 29
Audium 30
Naked Eye News & Video 30
House of Magic 31
Uncle Mame 32
Botanica Yoruba 33
Last Gasp 34
Black Panther Legacy Tours 35
Flash Productions 36
Insight Books 36
Landmark Forum 38
California Anti-Cuisine 40
Tu Lan 42
Sparky's 43
Brother-In-Laws 43
Clown Alley 44
Punahele Island Grill 45
Red's Java House 45
Golden Dragon 46
Sam Woh 47
Empress of China 48
Carousel Diner 49
Joe's of Westlake 50
Tad's 51
Tommy's Mexican Restaurant 52
Hamburger Mary's 53
St. Francis Fountain 54
Tommy's Joynt 54
The Mansions 55
Organica 56
Russian Renaissance 57
Bar Noir 58
Lefty O'Doul's 60
Edinburgh Castle 60
Black Horse London Deli 61
Li Po 62
Buddha Lounge 62
Wild Side West 62
Yong San Lounge 63
The Martini/Occidental Grill 64
The Irish Coffee/Buena Vista Cafe 64
The Mimosa/Jack's Restaurant 64
San Francisco Elks Lodge No. 3 65
Owl Tree/Bohemian Club 66
The Saloon 66
Dick's Bar 67
O'Greenberg's 67
Trad'r Sam 68
Bimbo's 365 Club 68
Ricky O's 69
Gay Bars/The Stud, The EndUp 70
Drag Bars/Finocchio's, Motherlode, Esta Noche 72
Silver Moon Saloon 73
The Fame Game 74
Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence 76
Fan Asylum 77
Bob Geary and Brendan O'Smarty 78
International Roller Derby League 79
Celebrity Sidewalks 80
Jello Biafra Attack 82
Billie Holiday Opium Bust 83
Babyface Nelson Capture 84
Chet Baker Mugging 84
Pat Montandon Haunted House 85
Manson Family Home 86
Janis Joplin Home 87
Rudolf Nureyev Pot Bust 87
Jefferson Airplane Home 88
Jonathan Winters Freak-Out 89
O.J. Simpson Mural 89
Lenny Bruce Gigs 90
Patty Hearst Locations 91
Getty Mansions 92
Danielle Steel Mansion 93
Hunter Thompson Home/Hell's Angels 94
Grateful Dead Home 95
Show Me Yours First 96
Frenchy's 98
Lusty Lady Theatre 99
Diaper Pail Fraternity 100
Condor Club 102
Carol Doda Champagne & Lace Lingerie Boutique 102
Edgewater West 104
CIA's LSD Brothel 105
Mitchell Brothers' O'Farrell Theatre 106
Foot Worship 108
Romantasy 109
Bianca's Smut Shack 110
Mini Adult Theater 110
Mary Ellen "Mammy" Pleasant 111
Sally Stanford 112
Noharmm 114
North Beach Video & Movie 115
House of Differences 115
Famous Sports Videos III 116
Blow Buddies 118
Power Exchange 119
The Cake Gallery 120
Stormy Leather 120
Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality 121
Behind the Velvet Rope 122
Musee Mecanique 124
Vibrator Museum 125
Museum of Pez Memorabilia 126
Blotter Acid Museum 128
Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum 130
Harvey's 131
Moffett Field Historical Society Museum 132
San Francisco Airport Galleries 133
Keane Eyes Gallery 134
Bancroft Library 135
Levi Strauss Museum 136
San Quentin Museum 138
John's Grill 140
San Francisco Museum of Exotica 141
Tattoo Art Museum and Hall of Fame 142
Camera Obscura 143
Get Outta Dodge 144
Nike Missile Site SF88L 146
Bartholomew Park Winery 148
Mothball Fleet 149
World Wristwrestling Championships 150
Harbin Hot Springs 151
Anchor Steam Brewery Tour 152
Takara Sake USA Tour 153
Bay Meadows Race Track 154
Golden Gate Park Windmills 155
Alcatraz Island Tours 156
Nude Beaches/Baker Beach 157
Robert Austin Computer & Internet Expo 158
Trader Vic's 159
Donner Party Emigrant Trail Museum 160
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 161
Brookdale Lodge 162
Esalen Institute 163
Santa Cruz Surfing Museum 164
Henry Miller Library 165
Hearst Castle 166
The Grim Reaper Revue 168
Casket Wholesale Centre 170
Longshoremen's Hall/General Strike Murders 171
Stuffed Mice/Paxton Gate 172
Colma Cemeteries 174
Pet Cemeteries 176
City Hall/Mayor Moscone and Harvey Milk Murders 178
Ghia Gallery 179
Altamont Concert Murder 180
Zodiac Killer Murder 181
People's Temple 182
Jerry Garcia Death 184
Mission Dolores Cemetery 185
Golden Gate Bridge Suicides 186
Westin St. Francis Hotel/Fatty Arbuckle, Al Jolson, Pres. Gerald Ford 188
Sheraton Palace Hotel/Pres. Warren Harding 189
Cryonics/Trans Time, Inc. 190
San Francisco Columbarium 192
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