Step down a little closer;
you don't want to miss a thing. Join fifty-year
sideshow veteran, Rick West, on a strange and
wonderful trip through behind-the-scenes tales of his
life as a showman.
The strange, the bizarre,
the unusual comprise this engaging memoir bursting at
the seams with rare images of two-headed cows, Bigfoot
creatures, pickled punks, showgirls, humongous hogs,
3,500-pound steers, and much, much more.
From attending the Ozark
Empire Fair at age five to revealing the true story
behind Frank Hansen's infamous Minnesota Iceman, the
author takes the reader into the world of America's
sideshows and midway grind shows. It's all here; it's
all on the inside.
See it now or miss it
forever. It's Showtime!
ARE SAYING ABOUT RICK WEST'S NEW BOOK
What more could any
to the world of the sideshow want than a behind the
scenes look at the wonderful world of show business,
with all it's Grind, Grit and Glitter!
Rick West on the inside of his new book Pickled Punks
& Girlie Shows has invited you under the mysterious
side walls of the top, behind the curtains of the
Blowoff to see his extra added attractions, and down
the amazing sawdust trail of his life.
All for your amazement, it will shock you, it will
amuse you, but most of all it will give you an amazing
look at a history that most of us only see from the
other side of the midway. So Step Right this Way,
you'll never remember what you paid to get in, but
you'll never forget what you are about to read on the
inside of Rick's new book Pickled Punks & Girlie
Get it now to learn the secrets of an amazing life on
the midways of America, or "Miss it Forever. It's
John Robinson -
"Pickled Punks and
Girlie Shows" will take you on a wonderfully curious trip
down showman Rick West's memory lane a lane that couldn't be
more off the beaten path. Recollections of his two-headed
calf, the world's largest steer, the biggest pig ever
exhibited, a "missing link" frozen in ice, and more are
shared in such a personal way, that by the book's end, West
has easily become your most interesting friend.
Marc Hartzman -
of "American Sideshow", AOL Weird News Contributor
Just got my copy
of Pickled Punks and Girlie Shows: A Life Spent on the
Midways of America and despite the disclaimer that I wrote
the intro, it's a wonderful, wonderful thing. The chapter on
the Ice Man is worth the price of the book (yes, a big
reveal). You miss this one at your peril, people.
James Taylor - Author
Shocked and Amazed! On and Off the Midway
I haven't been
this excited about the arrival of a book since I ordered the
Don Boles trilogy from Abbott's when I was 14!!!!...Rick has
been on the show trail since the early '60's and with 50
years+ on the North American Show trail, has seen and lived
the transformation of shows since then...Thanks Rick for
bringing us into the sideshow world as seen through a
veterans eye's...I'm watchin the mailbox in
Jim Zajicek - Owner of the
"Big Circus Sideshow"
Rick West' -
Pickled Punks and Girlie Shows -A life Spent on the Midways
of America is terrific. West's adventures as one of the
premier exhibitors of freak animal shows on American midways
are incredible. Besides the colorful stories there are
plenty of photos in black and white and in color. Along
Rick's journey you will meet carnival strippers, frozen
creatures, giant alligators, gifted pitchmen, plus Rick's
own giant horses, over size bovines, monster pigs, and
pickled freaks. If you want an insider's take on the wacky
world of sideshows - you got it here first class."
A. W. Stencell -
Author of "Circus and Carnival Balllyhoo: Sideshow Freaks,
Jaggers, and Blade Box Queens"
Rick West's new book Pickled Punks and Girlie Shows: A Life
Spent on the Midways of America not only takes us on a ride
through the glitz and glamour of the midway but also takes
us behind the scenes into the struggles and hardships that a
showman goes through to get the show framed and out onto the
midway. Very few books have been written like this one,
letting us view the progression of his career, starting from
working with his uncle as a child to eventually owning and
operating several successful shows!. A beautifully framed
book as we wouldn't expect less from the high quality shows
Rick has put out over the years!
*Be astounded by
200+ bizarre, unusual, and many never-before-seen
*See amazing carnival midway
shows...animal shows, freak shows, and, of course,
with a glossary of carnival lingo and other interesting
words and phrases.
Taylor - Shocked & Amazed
Size: 11” x 8 ˝” Soft
cover Illustrations 175+ color & 35+ b/w
images Pages: 160
Rick West’s “Pickled
Punks & Girlie Shows: A Life Spent on the Midways of
America” may be purchased at your local bookstore,
numerous online retailers, Schiffer Publishing or direct
from the author.
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