Blaxploitation Cinema

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Blaxploitation Cinema

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Product Information


All copies ordered direct from FAB Press come with option to include signature please exclusively signed by the Author, Josiah Howard!

'Josiah Howard's book is frankly the best guide on the subject that I have ever seen.'
- Jack Hill, director of blaxploitation classics Coffy and Foxy Brown.



A Super-Bad Blast from the Past!

Dazzling, highly stylized, excessively violent and brimming with sex, blaxploitation films enjoyed a brief but memorable period in motion picture history. Never before - and never since - have so many African American performers been featured in films, not in bit parts, but in name-above-the-title starring roles.

Half a century after they first thrilled audiences the body of films known as blaxploitation are enjoying a renaissance. Not only do the pictures continue to captivate film fans, but the entire genre, with its bevy of colourful, utterly-contemporary film characters, irresistible soundtrack albums and catchy film titles, is finally taking its rightful place among the entertainment industry's most enjoyed, and influential, movies.

Directly answering the call for a new and appreciative look back at a distinctly American motion picture phenomenon, Blaxploitation Cinema: The Essential Reference Guide is the first truly comprehensive examination of the genre, its films, its trends and its far-reaching impact, covering more than 240 blaxploitation films in detail.

Blaxploitation Cinema: The Essential Reference Guide will become the primary reference book on the genre, covering not just the films' heyday (1971-1976) but the entire decade (1970-1980). From Aaron Loves Angela to The Zebra Killer, they're all here in one indispensable volume.

Complimenting the text of Blaxploitation Cinema: The Essential Reference Guide are many of the vivid, highly-theatrical, motion picture posters and ads that promoted the films. Blaxploitation's rich and colourful poster art has been the sole subject of a number of coffee-table books. The hand-painted, elaborately illustrated posters and ad campaigns associated with the genre represent a now-gone golden era of sensational motion picture representation. Also features page after page of stunning action stills and original newspaper admats.


Interview with Author Josiah Howard


In addition to the A-to-Z reviews of blaxploitation movies, this book features interviews with ten great blaxploitation movie directors:

- Halls of Anger, The Skin Game, Mr. Ricco

- The Black Six, Candy Tangerine Man, Lady Cocoa

- Black Caesar, Hell Up in Harlem

- Fight for Your Life

- Welcome Home Brother Charles, Penitentiary

- Coffy, Foxy Brown

- The Slams, Truck Turner

- Detroit 9000, Friday Foster, J.D.'s Revenge

- TNT Jackson, Ebony, Ivory & Jade, Death Force

- Ginger, A Place Called Today, Girls Are for Loving


  • A comprehensive introduction to the genre.
  • A complete filmography of blaxploitation's golden age (1970-1980).
  • More than 250 movie listings, which include director, producer, screenwriter and actor credits along with a full synopsis.
  • Vintage and contemporary film reviews, critiques and commentary plus movie taglines, ratings, and extensive cross-referencing.


From the super-successful blaxploitation blockbusters like Shaft and Super Fly to little-known gems such as The Guy from Harlem and Velvet Smooth, Blaxploitation Cinema: The Essential Reference Guide is your one-stop source of information on the intriguing, controversial and thoroughly entertaining world of black-cast films.


About the Author

Josiah Howard writes on popular culture and is the author of four books. A senior contributor at Furious Cinema and The Grindhouse Cinema Database, Howard also lectures on film and has curated festivals internationally: America, Brazil, the Netherlands and the UK. His writing credits include articles for The American Library of Congress, The New York Times and Reader’s Digest.


Technical Details

Size: 254mm x 192mm

Binding: Hardback

Extent: 240 pages, including 32 pages in full colour

ISBN: 978-1-903254-37-0

Original Publication Date: April 2008

This Revised Re-Issue Publication Date: February 2021

Market: Cinema / African American studies

Weight: 1,100g

Edition: Second Edition

Cover Price: £19.99 (UK) / $29.95 (US)

Product CodeBlaxploitation Hardcover
ManufacturerFAB Press
Stock Level96

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