Showgirl Confidential chronicles just some of Pleasant Gehman's amazing adventures, from over thirty years spent constantly on the road. From cross-country punk rock tours in the early 1980's to her belly dancing escapades in Cairo during the Arab Spring, from dressing room antics at burlesque shows to unnerving pararmal experiences, this memoir is as finely crafted as it is riveting. The easy finesse of her writing, her keen memory and eye for detail will leave the reader devouring each story while remaining hungry for more.
Pleasant Gehman is a true renaissance woman: writer, dancer, actor, musician and painter.A Hollywood icon, during the 1970's, she was one of the first punks in Los Angeles, documenting the scene she helped create in her fanzine Lobotomy. During the 1980's, she toured across North America fronting her three bands, all of whom released recordings: The Screaming Sirens, The Ringling Sisters and Honk If Yer Horny. She was also the booker for the seminal Los Angeles clubs Cathay De Grande and Raji's. Since the early 1990's, under the stage name Princess Farhana, she has appeared internationally and a professional belly dancer and burlesque performer and teacher. She has danced and acted in numerous motion pictures, in music videos and on television. She has appeared in many documentaries on belly dance and burlesque, performing and as an interview subject. In 2009, she was the star of Steve Balderson's film Underbelly: A Year In The Life Of Princess Farhana which was released worldwide in theaters as well as on DVD. From the age of sixteen, Pleasant worked as a journalist and cultural commentator with literally thousands of articles published nationally and internationally on everything from rock 'n'roll to homeless teenagers. Her memoirs, short stories and poetry have been widely anthologized and many works were recorded on her spoken word CD Ruined. She is the author and/or editor of eight books. www.pleasantgehman.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/pleasant.gehman www.facebook.com/princess.farhana www.twitter.com/PleasantGehman1 www.princessfarhana.com www.princessraqs.blogspot.com