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Greg "Batman" Davis: Original Gangster

Roger Gastman

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The Crips are the largest and most notorious black gang. Now with an estimated 250 sets nationwide, the Crips started in 1969 with just 10 members in South Central Los Angeles. Gregory "Batman" Davis was one of these founding members. Since its inception, the Crips have been the subject of countless newspaper articles, news specials, and documentaries. Some have interviewed Batman, many have used one of the few images he released to the press-including newspapers like The New York Times, websites like StreetGangs.com, and documentaries such as O.G.'s Gangsta King and Stacy Peralta's Crips and Bloods-but none have told his story from start to finish. No ordinary tale from the streets, Batman's story includes a host of unlikely characters-Field Marshal Cinque and Patty Hearst of the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), cult leader Jim Jones, serial killers the Skid Row Stabber and Charles Manson, and ex-football player Jim Brown, to name a few. This is the true story of an Original Gangster.

Size: 8 1/2 x 11 | 140 | 144 pp
ISBN13: 9780764342066

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Media Contact:  Jesse Marth Marketing and Public Relations Schiffer Publishing Ltd, Atglen PA (610)593-1777 jessem@schifferbooks.com     For Immediate Release | May 2012   “Greg “Batman” Davis: Original Gangster”   Roger Gastman, Creative Director and Founder of R. Rock Enterprises compiled and edited the true story of Crips founding member, Gregory \”Batman\” Davis. This story  is told through a visual history including family photos, court documents, Polaroids, and more and includes an exclusive beginning to end account through additional  images that have never been released.   “As far as the term O.G. goes, Batman is the true and living description; he is one of the original members of the first L.A. Crips gang.  Batman has changed his life from being one of the most notorious figures in L.A. gang history to one of the most positive people I have ever met, trying to save the children from following his early path.  He is a true inspiration, and I”m proud to call him a personal friend.”   —Ice-T                                 Atglen P.A. — The Crips are the largest and most notorious black gang. Now with an estimated 250 sets nationwide, the Crips started in 1969 with just 10 members in South Central Los Angeles. Gregory “Batman” Davis was one of these founding members. Since its inception, the Crips have been the subject of countless newspaper articles, news specials, and documentaries. Some have interviewed Batman, many have used one of the few images he released to the press-including newspapers like The New York Times, websites like StreetGangs.com, and ordinary tale from the streets, Batman’s story includes a host of unlikely characters – Field Marshal Cinque and Patty Hearst of the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), cult leader Jim Jones, serial killers the Skid Row Stabber and Charles Manson, and ex-football player Jim Brown, to name a few. This is the true story of an Original Gangster.              Roger Gastman started writing graffiti as a teenager in Bethesda, Maryland, and parlayed his love for it into a legitimate career, becoming a trusted mediator between the underground art scenes and mainstream culture. He founded and published two respected pop-culture magazines—While You Were Sleeping and Swindle (co-publisher)—as well as more than 30 highly sought-after art books. He is the founder and creative director of R. Rock Enterprises, and has nurtured the careers of internationally recognized artists.  Gastman was the supervising producer and creative consultant for the feature-length graffiti documentary Infamy, and served as consulting producer for BANKSY\’s Exit Through the Gift Shop, which earned an Academy Award nomination for best documentary.  Most recently, HarperCollins released Gastman\’s The History of American Graffiti—the definitive story behind the most influential art form in the last 100 years—and Jeffrey Deitch asked him to co-curate Art in the Streets at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, which is the first comprehensive U.S. museum survey of graffiti and street art.   Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is based in Atglen, PA on the Schiffer Book Farm.  The company is known for publishing high quality Antique, Arts, Architecture, Lifestyle, and Military History books, as well as a successful line of children and ghost books.   Schiffer Publishing is always looking for people to write books on new and related subjects. If you have an idea for a book, please contact them at proposals@schifferbooks.com This title and over 4,500 Schiffer titles can be purchased at www.schifferbooks.com, your local bookseller, and numerous online retailers.