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Dirty! Dirty! Dirty!: Of Playboys, Pigs, and Penthouse PaupersAn American Tale of Sex and Wonder Paperback – November 1, 2011
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"[Edison] takes readers on an enthusiastic romp through the rise and fall of the major porno magazines of the 20th century, while profiling the self-imploding personalities who innovated effective ways of selling sexual fantasies to the average sexually dissatisfied male . . . An interesting study of the ways influence can snowball." Kirkus
Dirty! Dirty! Dirty! is a book that really lives up to it’s title. It’s not only dirtyit’s funny, highly opinionated, andGod help usinformative. Hard to believe someone hasn’t written the history of American pornography before this, but Mike Edison is absolutely the man for the job.” Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City
"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, tooand also, strange to say, poignant and loving."
Rick Perlstein, author of Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America
"Edison is a fast enough talker to move the reader quickly into what
turns out to be a well-crafted history of censorship and sex." LA Weekly
"This book is a must-read for fans of girlie magazines and madcap gonzo culture." Library Journal
"Dirty! Dirty! Dirty! An American Tale of Sex & Wonder is pure, unadulterated funand a testament to the talents of one of the raunchiest stars of modern gonzo journalism." Flavorpill
"Dirty! Dirty! Dirty! reads like the lovechild of Screw magazine and Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States . . . Man-haters may be silenced in noticing that a prevalent persuasion in the book is Edison’s staunch feminism . . . he loves people and their freedoms . . . he is the gentleman pornographer.”Jewcy.com
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The history of the porn film and video business has been covered somewhat in recent years, but this is the first in-depth look at the girlie magazines, and how they became part of mainstream American culture for awhile before slinking back to the margins of society. Mr. Edison recounts the tales of four publishers, their massive success and/or failure, and then reminds us of the debt that we, as Americans who cherish our free speech, owe these idiots.
Dirty! is a fully conceived read that works on several levels: as a red-blooded American, real-life Greek tragedy raucously well told; a candid coming-of-age tale; a genuinely entertaining civics lesson (too bad most high schools won't likely use it as a text, seriously); a rock'n'roll ride; an homage to the power of print publishing; a meticulously well researched journey; and an astute argument for free speech.
And for all its shock and awe (of course it delivers that), Dirty! is also refreshingly sincere -- the truth is in the pudding. Get it, you won't regret it.
The core of this book for me was the men who created the publications that began so much scandal and were the topics of underground conversations around the world. We know that businesses are in place to make money, but what happens when you lose sight of the audience and it becomes about you and proving a point? This is just one of the elements of the book that helped me to better appreciate the importance of motives and how it plays out in public theatre.
Some hail individuals like Larry Flynt and Hugh Hefners as champions of the American Dream and what it can do. Not sure if after reading this book you will feel the same way, but I do believe it will cause you to rethink what free speech might actually be costing in the long run.
Well presented with an entertaining slant, I saw Mike Edison's book as great historical fun.
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Have a full day set aside, you won't be able to put it down once you start.Published 16 months ago by Friends of Wakulla Springs
I am not sure why Dirty, Dirty, Dirty isn't required reading in universities regarding first amendment rights. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Leslie A. Fabian
Having a long time interest in free speech and censorship issues, I picked up this book. I was not disappointed and consider it a very well done, very informative book that I'd... Read morePublished on December 22, 2013 by Peter Huston
i was hoping for an entertaining read but this book feel very short. would not recommend to anyone. poorly writtenPublished on August 5, 2013 by n/a