“Peter Schlesinger: A Photographic Memory” (Damiani)
A comfortable, worn chic resides in Schlesinger’s photographic memoir of the ’60s and ‘70s. Look! There’s Cecil Beaton and David Hockney in the garden; Amanda Lear on the terrace, her hair asunder; Manolo Blahnik at the barber. It’s all very glamorous, and enviably carefree.
“Kim Gordon: Girl in a Band” (Faber).
The title is a little misleading: Gordon might be famous as the bassist in Sonic Youth, but it’s clear from the get-go that her story is about her striving to be an artist. Like Patti Smith, she arrived at music almost by happenstance.
“Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty” (Gregory R. Miller)
Grotesque and glam, Minter’s art has always managed to wring out the seamier side of beauty like no one else’s. This book represents the ne plus ultra of that pursuit.