Is A Super Scandalous Memoir Written By An Iranian Groupie Too Dangerous To Publish?
Roxana Shirazi is a 30-something London gal who has an MFA in fine arts and lectures on gender and identity. But before she was on the lecture circuit, she was a rock ‘n’ roll groupie. She’s even written a memoir—like Pamela Des Barres’ I’m With The Band, only racier—about her shocking sexcapades with bands like Skid Row, Guns N’ Roses, Motley Crue, and Velvet Revolver. Tidbits from her tell-all include performing vaj tricks for Tommy Lee, a boring dinner date with Nikki Six, and a love affair with and pregnancy by Guns N’ Roses’ Dizzy Reed. He made her get an abortion. Holy crap! Sounds like this page-turner has all the makings of an international best seller. Only problem? Shirazi’s book The Last Living Slut: Born In Iran, Bred Backstage had most agents and editors too skittish to publish it. See, Shirazi was born in Iran and was raised Muslim. Publishers fear a fatwa, a form of Islamic justice which can be issued upon a Muslim who is considered an infidel or blasphemer. Back in 1989, a fatwa issued by Ayatollah Khomeini ordered author Salman Rushdie to be killed after the release of Satanic Versus. There’s no doubt that this book may be considered extremely blasphemous. Aside from all the explicit sex acts described in the book, Shirazi recounts writing about sex in Koran classes and even includes naked photos of herself dressed in traditional garb while making obscene gestures. She speculates that she would probably “get killed if [she] went back to Tehran.”
After many editors passed on the book, Harper Collins has agreed to take their chances and Shirazi’s book comes out June 1. I’m scared for her, but still can’t wait to read it. [NY Daily News]