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Lenny Bruce: The Comedian as Social Critic and Secular Moralist

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Paperback, 128 pages
Published June 1st 1974 by Anchor Foundation (first published January 1st 1974)
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Jeff Q
Nov 26, 2011 Jeff Q rated it liked it
If you're looking for a biography of Bruce, this ain't it. Kofsky's written a glorified essay on the style of Bruce's comedy and on his influences (jazz culture, Judiasm, the black experience). He uses excerpts from Bruce's stand-up material to show how LB exposed the hypocrisy of late 1950's and early 1960's society.

Not the most well-written book (he uses far too many syllables!) but worth investing the time it takes to get through 113 pages.
M
Dec 05, 2011 M rated it really liked it
This is a great critical investigation of Bruce's material and how it affected the culture and establishment at the time. A real eye opener into who Mr. Bruce pissed off and how. I liked how Kofsky described Bruce as a person who applied rational thought to the establishment and status quo and was taken down for it. Being tried for obscenity on what Bruce said would be unthinkable today and it is because of his sacrifice that so many comedians can talk about serious issues. Kofsky states that be ...more
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