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Dirty! Dirty! Dirty!: Of Playboys, Pigs, and Penthouse Paupers: An American Tale of Sex and Wonder
 
 
Author
Mike Edison.
Publisher Soft Skull  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9 x 6 x 0.85 inches
ISBN 9781593762841
Pages/Publication Date 324/2011
Daedalus Item Code 32376
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This wild history of four infamous magazines and the outlaws behind them begins in the early 1950s, uncovering the canny myth-making of Hugh Hefner and Playboy and the delusional trajectory of his arch rival, Penthouse founder Bob Guccione. It then rips through the tumultuous 60s and 70s, when Hustler's Larry Flynt and Screw's Al Goldstein were arrested dozens of times for recklessly pushing the boundaries of free speech, attacking politicians, and putting unapologetic filth front and center, and takes us into the 1990s, when a sexed-up American culture and the Internet finally killed the era when men looked for satisfaction in the centerfold. Along the way we meet many unexpected heroes—John Lennon, Lenny Bruce, Helen Gurley Brown, and the staff of Mad magazine among them—and villains from Richard Nixon and the Moral Majority to Hefner himself, whose legacy, we learn, is built on a self-perpetuated lie.

"Mike Edison can go toe to toe with some of the best writers of the (old) New Journalism. This is foul-mouthed popular history at its most entertaining. Plenty smart, too—and also, strange to say, poignant and loving."—Rick Perlstein

 
 
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