Dirty, Dirty, Dirty!

Dirty, Dirty, Dirty!

Of Playboys, Pigs, and Penthouse Paupers : An American Tale of Sex and Wonder

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Baker & Taylor
Provides the history of infamous girly magazines including "Playboy," "Penthouse," and "Hustler" and the lives, loves, follies, and politics of the men behind the empires, including the longevity of Hugh Hefner and the riches-to-rags tale of Bob Guccione.

Perseus Publishing
A wild and uncompromising history of four infamous magazines and the outlaws behind them, Dirty! Dirty! Dirty! is the first book to rip the sheet off of the sleazy myth-making machine of Hugh Hefner and Playboy, and reveal the doomed history of Hefner’s arch rival, Penthouse founder Bob Guccione, whose messiah complex and heedless spending — on a legendary flop of a movie paid for with bags of cash, a porn magazine for women, and a pie-in-the sky scheme for a portable nuclear reactor —fueled the greatest riches to rags story ever told.

The adventure begins in the early 1950s and rips through the tumultuous ’60s and ’70s —when Hustler’s Larry Flynt and Screw’s Al Goldstein were arrested dozens of times, recklessly pushing the boundaries of free speech, attacking politicians, and putting unapologetic filth front and center — through the 1990s when a sexed-up culture high on the Internet finally killed the era when men looked for satisfaction in the centerfold. As America goes, so goes it’s porn.

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 Hugh Hefner himself, whose legacy, we learn, is built on a self-perpetuated lie.

A wild and uncompromising history of four infamous magazines and the outlaws behind them,Dirty! Dirty! Dirty! is the first book to rip the sheet off of the sleazy myth-making machine of Hugh Hefner andPlayboy, and reveal the doomed history of Hefner’s arch rival, Penthouse founder Bob Guccione, whose messiah complex and heedless spending — on a legendary flop of a movie paid for with bags of cash, a porn magazine for women, and a pie-in-the sky scheme for a portable nuclear reactor —fueled the greatest riches to rags story ever told.

The adventure begins in the early 1950s and rips through the tumultuous ’60s and ’70s —whenHustler’s Larry Flynt and Screw’s Al Goldstein were arrested dozens of times, recklessly pushing the boundaries of free speech, attacking politicians, and putting unapologetic filth front and center — through the 1990s when a sexed-up culture high on the Internet finally killed the era when men looked for satisfaction in the centerfold. As America goes, so goes it’s porn.

Along the way we meet many unexpected heroes—John Lennon, Lenny Bruce, Helen Gurley Brown, and the staff ofMad magazine among them—and villains—from Richard Nixon and the Moral Majority to Hugh Hefner himself, whose legacy, we learn, is built on a self-perpetuated lie.


Blackwell Publishing
Dirty! Dirty! Dirty!

An Eye-Opening, Sex-Driven Journey Through Sixty Years Of American Pop Culture, As Seen From The Dark Side Of The Newsstand

Dirty! Dirty! Dirty! is the wild and uncompromising history of America's four most infamous magazines and the outlaws behind them. Author Mike Edison rips the sheet off of the sleazy myth-making machine of Hugh Hefner and Playboy, and reveals the doomed history of Hefner's arch rival, Penthouse founder Bob Guccione, whose messiah complex and heedless spending---on a legendary flop of a movie paid for with bags of cash, a raunchy porn magazine for women, and a pie-in-the sky scheme for a portable nuclear reactor---fueled the greatest riches to rags story ever told.

The adventure begins in the early 1950s and rips through the tumultuous '60s and '70s--- when Hustfer's Larry Flynt and Screw's Al Goldstein were arrested dozens of times, recklessly pushing the boundaries of free speech, attacking politicians, and putting unapologetic filth front and center---through the 1990s when a sexed-up culture high on the Internet finally killed the era when men looked for satisfaction in the centerfold. As America goes, so goes it's porn.

Along the way we meet many unexpected heroes---John Lennon, Lenny Bruce, Helen Gurley Brown, Jayne Mansfield, and the staff of Mad magazine among them---and villains---from Richard Nixon and the Moral Majority to Hugh Hefner himself, whose legacy, we learn, is built on self-perpetuated lies.

Baker
& Taylor

Provides the history of infamous girly magazines including Playboy, Penthouse and Hustler and the lives, loves, follies and politics of the men behind the empires, including the longevity of Hugh Hefner and the riches-to-rags tale of Bob Guccione. Original.

Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : Counterpoint, 2011
ISBN: 9781593764678
1593764677
Branch Call Number: E-Book
Characteristics: 1 online resource (324 p.)

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Apr 21, 2015

This was a most seriously fascinating book by a talented [and most humorous] writer, giving not only a snapshot of recent American socio-political history, but a really entertaining book. Learned a great deal about things I wasn't sure would be interesting! [My only one quibble with the author, on pp. 255-256, was describing Bill Clinton as almost-Kennedy-esque! Puuuhhlease! Clinton? A draft-dodging socially mobile hick from Hopeless, Arkansas?]

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