The Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry (Anglais) Broché – 21 février 2006
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Présentation de l'éditeur
A raucous and revealing oral history of the birth of the adult film industry, The Other Hollywood peels back the candy coating to let the true story be told -- by the stars, movie makers, and other industry players who lived it. And what a story it is: Through hundreds of original interviews, contemporary newspaper accounts, police reports, court testimony, and more, Legs McNeil and coauthors Jennifer Osborne and Peter Pavia trace today's billion-dollar industry from its makeshift, mob-connected origins to the Internet age. Along the way we encounter porn stars such as Linda Lovelace, John Holmes, Traci Lords, and Savannah -- along with countless mainstream stars, politicians, FBI agents, and more.
Epic, hilarious, and moving, The Other Hollywood contributes to the porn industry the one thing missing in all previous accounts: a vivid, tragicomic, irresistible humanity.
Biographie de l'auteur
Legs McNeil is the coauthor of Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, a book widely hailed as a classic of its kind. A founder of the seminal magazine that gave punk its name, he is a former editor at Spin and Nerve, and wrote Marilyn Chambers's comeback film, Still Insatiable. He lives in Pennsylvania.
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Since I live in Utah, I was particularly interested in a chapter entitled: The Girls Who Marc Built - Los Angeles/Ogden, Utah, 1991-1993. However, there isn't a single mention or reference to Utah in the entire chapter. WTF?
It's a shame that this book is engrossing despite the editing, rather than because of it.
The book is separated into chapters and each chapter flows into the next one. The chapters are well named and draw your attention, "Don't Count The Money, Weigh It", "Size Matters", "Memphis Backlash Blues", "Deep Cover", "The Godfather of Hollywood", "Think This Will F### Up My 4th of July Weekend", "Pimping and Pandering" and "Ding Dong, The Witch Is Dead". The stories run the gamut from the making of "Deep Throat" and the story of Linda Lovelace and her husband. She complained that she was forced to make the movie, but those who were there say differently. A $22,000 venture ultimately made a million dollars, and Linda Lovelace became a household name. The story of John Holmes, a porn star who was probably insane and the people he took down with him. Savannah, the young porn star who tragically committed suicide. Traci Lord, the underage porn star who fooled everyone and then caused a legal entanglement because of her age. Those who knew her say she knew what she was doing and she loved doing it. There are love stories between porn stars and there is much of drugs and alcohol. Most porn stars it seems get by with drugs and alcohol. It is really a dirty business with all involved in it for the money. Fame and fortune are what most stars set out to obtain, but misery and ill health are what many are left with. The saga of HIV in the porn business, and how Sharon Mitchell came to formulate the porn health care side of things. She is one of a few who really care what happens to the people in the business, and she makes it her business to help them.
This is a fascinating book Legs McNeil has put together; the encyclopedia of porn. Everyone and anyone from the kings of Mafia to the celebrities who loved porn are mentioned. There are few stories left untold. The voices of those who were there, and those who are still struggling in the business give credence to the history of porn. Heard a while ago that Columbia House- the place where we used to obtain our records is now partnering with Playboy to produce porn- many legit businesses are buying into porn for the money that is to be had. So, many of our top companies if you dig down deep enough are supported by porn. How did this come to happen? I have been reading and the history is fascinating. What is left out in this book is the emergence of big business behind the scenes in porn. There is much more to learn and much more about the porn business to be unfurled. Legs McNeil has made a fascinating subject more fascinating by the telling of the story.
Done as an oral history, it is a fast read, at times funny, at times tragic, at times absurd (MIPORN, for example) but never dull.
Note on Kindle edition: no pictures??
I still loved it.
It's a long book that's engrossing rather than arduous, most of the text has been dissected ad nauseum in previous reviews so I'll spare a rehashing of details.
Lastly, set aside a few quiet hours for reading this book because once you start, you won't wanna stop. Kinda fits with the topic though, you know?