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[[File:Iris250.jpg|right|frame|250px|Iris Berry. Photo by Don Spiro]]'''Iris Berry''' is a musician, writer, poet, Los Angeles pop culture historian and actress. One of the true and original progenitors of the L.A. punk scene. A native Angelino, her lifetime spent in the City of Angels has resulted in over two decades worth of astonishing literary contributions. Berry’s writing has been widely anthologized. In The [[Outlaw Bible of American Poetry]] she appears along side the likes of [[Allen Ginsberg]], [[Jack Kerouac]] and [[William S. Burroughs]]. Internationally known, her wit and often dark, factual accuracy and empathy for her subjects has brought critical acclaim as well as a huge fan base. Berry is the Author of several books including “Two Blocks East Of Vine,” and “The Underground Guide To Los Angeles,” co-authored with writing partner [[Pleasant Gehman]].
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[[File:Iris250.jpg|right|frame|250px|Iris Berry. Photo by Don Spiro]]'''Iris Berry''' is a musician, writer, poet, Los Angeles pop culture historian and actress. One of the true and original progenitors of the L.A. punk scene. A native Angelino, her lifetime spent in the City of Angels has resulted in over two decades worth of astonishing literary contributions. Berry’s writing has been widely anthologized. In [[The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry]] she appears along side the likes of [[Allen Ginsberg]], [[Jack Kerouac]] and [[William S. Burroughs]]. Internationally known, her wit and often dark, factual accuracy and empathy for her subjects has brought critical acclaim as well as a huge fan base. Berry is the Author of several books including “Two Blocks East Of Vine,” and “The Underground Guide To Los Angeles,” co-authored with writing partner [[Pleasant Gehman]].
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==Entertainment Industry==
==Entertainment Industry==
Berry, not only a fixture, but also a chronicler of LA’s extensive underground scene. From bartending at after hour speakeasies; from working within the “legit” entertainment industry (Paramount, CBS, Culver Studios) to strutting around a Mexican wrestling ring in showgirl feathers; authoring the sex column titled; “Forbidden Fruit,” to appearing in a number of Independent films, best known for her performance in the Classic “Border Radio,” directed by Alison Anders. Berry can also be seen in the Beth Dewey film “Killhouse.” And is featured in a supporting role in Chris Desjardin’s “I Pass For Human.” Berry also appears in the documentary about Bob Forrest, titled, “Bob and the Monster,” and also in the soon to be released Allison Anders film, “Strutter.”
Berry, not only a fixture, but also a chronicler of LA’s extensive underground scene. From bartending at after hour speakeasies; from working within the “legit” entertainment industry (Paramount, CBS, Culver Studios) to strutting around a Mexican wrestling ring in showgirl feathers; authoring the sex column titled; “Forbidden Fruit,” to appearing in a number of Independent films, best known for her performance in the Classic “Border Radio,” directed by Alison Anders. Berry can also be seen in the Beth Dewey film “Killhouse.” And is featured in a supporting role in Chris Desjardin’s “I Pass For Human.” Berry also appears in the documentary about Bob Forrest, titled, “Bob and the Monster,” and also in the soon to be released Allison Anders film, “Strutter.”
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===Bands===
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Berry has been involved with forming and playing in many bands including: The Lame Flames, Ringling Sisters, Pink Sabbath, Leather Mumu, The Bittersweets, The Flesheaters, Honk If Yer Horny. She sang along with Pleasant Gehman on the Dickies Record, “Killer Clowns From Outer Space.”
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===Movies===
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'''Actress'''
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* The Pyrex Glitch, 2012
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* The Casserole Club, 2012
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* One Night with You, 2006
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* Kill House (video), 2006
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* I Pass for Human, 2006
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* Border Radio, 1987
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'''Self'''
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* Bob and the Monster (documentary), 2011
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* Camp Casserole (documentary), 2011
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* Phone Sex (video documentary), 2006
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* The Pikme-Up (documentary), 2006
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==Publishing==
==Publishing==
On January, Friday the 13th, 2012, Iris Berry and [[A. Razor]] made a pact to publish prose, short stories, poetry, creative non-fiction and, of course, well erudite rants, forming, “[[Punk Hostage Press]],” that is going to come at you from every direction in a way like you have never seen before… a non-profit organization, bringing books and writing classes into homeless and women’s shelters, jails and institutions… keeping books alive.
On January, Friday the 13th, 2012, Iris Berry and [[A. Razor]] made a pact to publish prose, short stories, poetry, creative non-fiction and, of course, well erudite rants, forming, “[[Punk Hostage Press]],” that is going to come at you from every direction in a way like you have never seen before… a non-profit organization, bringing books and writing classes into homeless and women’s shelters, jails and institutions… keeping books alive.
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Berry is currently a member on the Board of Directors for Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center. She has served as the mentor to many up and coming writers. With her prolific creative output, devoted work ethic, and passionate artistic integrity and social awareness, Iris has been an inspiration to generations of writers and artists of Los Angeles.
Berry is currently a member on the Board of Directors for Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center. She has served as the mentor to many up and coming writers. With her prolific creative output, devoted work ethic, and passionate artistic integrity and social awareness, Iris has been an inspiration to generations of writers and artists of Los Angeles.
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==Works Online==
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===Poetry===
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* [http://www.zygoteinmycoffee.com/90s/issue95yourelikeaburning.html "You're Like A Burning Building"] ''[[Zygote in my Coffee]]'' Issue #95, Sept. 2007
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* [http://www.zygoteinmycoffee.com/100s/issue102ralphsmarket.html "Ralph's Market at Midnight in Van Nuys"] ''Zygote in my Coffee'' Issue #102, Feb. 2008
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* [http://www.undergroundvoices.com/UVBerry.htm 3 Poems] ''[[Underground Voices]]''
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* (pdf) [http://poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/032712.pdf untitled poem] ''[[poetrysuperhighway.com]]''
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* [http://www.thenervousbreakdown.com/iberry/2010/01/punk-rock-royalty/ "Punk Rock Royalty"] ''[[The Nervous Breakdown]]''
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* [http://www.thenervousbreakdown.com/iberry/2009/11/my-hollywood-boulevard/ "My Hollywood Boulevard"] ''The Nervous Breakdown''
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===Interviews===
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* [http://slake.la/features/free-radical "Free Radical" by Iris Berry] (an interview with [[Art Kunkin]]), ''[[Slake: Los Angeles]]''
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===Further Reading===
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* [http://www.thenervousbreakdown.com/iberry/2010/01/iris-berry-the-tnb-self-interview/ "Iris Berry: The TNB Self-Interview"] ''The Nervous Breakdown'', Jan. 2010
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* [http://www.punkglobe.com/irisberryinterview0211.php "A True Hollywood Goddess : Iris Berry"] by [[Ginger Coyote]], ''[[Punk Globe]]''
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==External Links==
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* [http://razorberrybooks.com/irisberry/ Iris Berry: Official Website]
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* [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1067437/ Iris Berry: Internet Movie Database]
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