We Weren’t Angels

A Memoir of Sex, Drugs and Crime in Boston’s Combat Zone

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SKU: 9781476692050 Categories: ,
Imprint or Series:Exposit Books

About the Author(s)

Geoff Alexander has authored two books on cinema and has written on musical subjects ranging from jazz history to flamenco. He is the founder and director of the Academic Film Archive of North America, in San Jose, California, the first archive solely dedicated to the history, preservation, and scholarship of the classroom educational film.

Bibliographic Details

Geoff Alexander
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 20 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2023
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9205-0
Imprint: Exposit Books

Book Reviews & Awards

• “For a trip to a place and time like no other, accompany Geoff Alexander on a narrative journey through Boston’s notorious Combat Zone, a tour you won’t likely forget soon. Part memoir, part research paper, Alexander’s book takes you into the pounding, pulsating heart of erotic commerce, with salacious, humorous and yet compassionate portraits of the dancers, hookers, bartenders, street cops and others who kept the wheels of fantasy turning.”—Stephanie Schorow, author of Inside the Combat Zone: The Stripped Down Story of Boston’s Most Notorious Neighborhood

We Weren’t Angels is a remarkably vivid, detailed account of Boston’s infamous Combat Zone which proves to be a compelling, seductive reading experience. Although non-fiction, in the capable hands of Geoff Alexander, it is as riveting as the best of fiction. Mr. Alexander gives us an eyewitness account and writes with the power and insight of a fine novelist. An utterly gripping and often unnerving landscape rich in detail written by one who was there. In his unflinching portrait of people and events, he spares no one including himself. Highly recommended!”—Dean Barrett, author, Hangman’s Point, Skytrain to Murder and Kingdom of Make Believe
• “In this tour-de-force of memoir and research, Geoff Alexander offers a unique view of Boston’s famed Combat Zone at its raucous height in the late 1970s into the 80s. He incorporates little-explored perspectives: not only those of the female dancers and male customers at the Zone’s many strip clubs, but also those of the district’s cab drivers (of whom he was one, while married to a dancer), transgender performers, club owners, talent agents, costume designers, bartenders, police detectives, mobsters, musicians, photographers, drug dealers, petty thieves, pimps, urban planners, and politicians. Meticulously researched, this book offers a panoramic and often disturbing view of the history of commercialized sex work in one of the most storied Red Light districts in the U.S. Some of us made it out with tales to tell (perhaps not to the grandchildren). Others fared much worse. We all come to life in this riveting, unforgettable telling of a quintessentially American tale.”—Lauri Umansky (as Lauri Lewin), author, Naked is the Best Disguise: My Life As a Stripper.