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Dirty! Dirty! Dirty! Of Playboys, Pigs, and Penthouse Paupers-An American Tale of Sex and Wonder

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  56 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Soft Skull Press
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Joel Neff
Mar 12, 2013 Joel Neff rated it liked it
It's no secret that sex sells. What is less well known, however, is how it came to be (somewhat) accepted in the marketplace: that story is the one told in Dirty Dirty Dirty.

The book attempts to tell the story of the mainstreaming of porn in America through the history of four magazines: Playboy, Penthouse, Screw, and Hustler. Author Mike Edison traces the story of each magazine from its inception to its demise or current incarnation by following the lives of the men who founded them.

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Sam
Nov 12, 2014 Sam rated it liked it
This is a solid account of the rise of Playboy, Penthouse, Hustler, and Screw—and the lives of their iconic founders—that also provides a sweeping social history of America as it was confronting changing social mores in the period between the 1950s and 70s, particularly on issues like sex and sexuality, of course, but also on gender roles and the fights over the boundaries of freedom of expression. The author, Mike Edison, has worked at a few of these magazines, so I found him to be a reliable g ...more
Heather
Aug 03, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
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What made this book such a great book is the fact that Mike Edison is a fantastic writer. Not only does he know how to put words together in a great way but his writing style is a damn good time. There were so many moments in reading this book that I literally laughed out loud.

Mike spends the greatest amount of his time talking about Hugh Hefner. According to Mike Hugh Hefner was a sexually repressed, nerdy man who as a teenager always wanted the girl but the girl always passed him up for the jo
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Nate
Jul 12, 2012 Nate rated it liked it
Decent history of Playboy, Penthouse and the whole dirty magazine era. Was hoping for more smut really but got a good media history instead. Interesting look at the post-war media era from 1955-2000 and how it ended. Also funny that of the big 4 pornographers profiled (Hugh Hefner, Bob Guccione, Larry Flynt and Al Goldstein) that it's Flynt who has survived as a titan of business.
Perry
Feb 03, 2012 Perry rated it liked it
Part biography, part social history, with a little bit of rant. Whatever this is, it's an entertaining read.
Jason Snyder
Mar 13, 2013 Jason Snyder rated it it was amazing
I knew the basic bios of all four smutmeisters featured in this book but Edison puts them all in context in a unique, entertaining way. This is great pop-sociology and important history.
False Millennium
It read more like a series of essays than a book. The tone was "loose" and with humor. Looking at his other work, he seems to name his books so they will have interesting spines. It was just ok.
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