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Tales of Times Square

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  116 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
P"Friedman has drawn a vivid picture of the Times Square area and its denizens. He writes about the porn palaces with live sex shows, and the men and women who perform in them, prostitutes and their pimps, the runaways who will likely be the next decade's prostitutes, the clergymen who fight the smut merchants and the cops who feel impotent in the face of the judiciary."-b ...more
Paperback, 202 pages
Published November 1st 1993 by Feral House (first published June 1st 1986)
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Aug 25, 2007 Devon rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. It tells the tales of Times Square before Disney, and watered down entertainment met the strip. Throughly enjoyed this book. It was a hard book to find, but worth the effort.
Oct 29, 2007 Malcolm rated it it was amazing
Times Square sure isn't like this anymore...
Jul 18, 2016 brook rated it really liked it
Pretty hard to find. Took the local about a month to drag up this copy (thanks, guys).

This book was written by a guy who wrote for National Lampoon as well as some "adult" titles. It is a collection of short, factual (we believe) stories that take place during the dying days of the "old" Times Square, the Times Square of Death Wish, Warriors and other films of that era and genre. And, from what the book shows, those may have actually been toned down versions of what went on there. Think hundred
Feb 22, 2012 Mike rated it liked it
An interesting read, especially for anyone looking to revisit the dirty Times Square of old. This book documents the Times Square of the '70s through the early '80s, with occasional additional commentary on where it's at in the '90s (when the book was published). Many of the chapters are essentially interviews with the various denizens of the Square, be they old veterans of the area who remember its glory years gone by, prostitutes, cops, newstand owners, employees at the various strip clubs and ...more
Sep 18, 2012 Stephen rated it liked it
I cannot even imagine delving into the netherworld of 1980s dark masturbatory fantasies where the jizz was measured in gallons, but I could not put this book down. I don't know how someone can go into that world and survive with a normal life thereafter. It read like a war correspondent's journal from the frontline, with ejaculate whizzing around you instead of bullets! Yikes! Friedman did his homework, he can write a compelling sentence, but the structure of this thing is the main flaw. If you ...more
Matt Kuhns
Nov 19, 2012 Matt Kuhns rated it it was ok
A 1986 examination of the seedy world of Times Square, this work of historical nonfiction has now become something of a curious historical artifact itself, given the further changes to the square and its reputation during past quarter-century. Short take: interesting, though frequently somewhat nauseating in its frank, almost bored, documentation of every form of sexual private enterprise on offer in 1970s Times Square.

I would also offer this book as Exhibit A in defending my long-held belief th
Feb 07, 2010 Nycdreamin rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Nycdreamin by: Tim Broun
This is a great book, detailing the seedy old days of Times Square (focusing mostly on the years from 1978 - 1984) when the place was a haven (heaven?) of hookers, pimps, con-men , rent by the hour hotel rooms, Burlesque theatres and porno joints. It's all here - the rise of the porn culture, the live sex show theatres, peep shows, and the stories of those who worked in these businesses and of those who would protest the presence of these establishments and eventually drive them out of NYC almos ...more
Dee Viant
Sep 05, 2014 Dee Viant rated it it was amazing
2nd time I've read this book and I still love it.
May 26, 2008 Johnny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: gay hustlers. historians. rubberneckers.
Recommended to Johnny by: Amazon
This book really captures the sleazy, wonderful and terrifying atmosphere of "the Deuce" in it's final glory days of the 1980's as well as providing a load of nostalgic background of this most famous of neighborhoods throughout the last 50 years. Pimps, players, prostitutes, hustlers, dealers, users, perverts, strippers and kung-fu movie enthusiasts populate this essential history. This new updates edition adds some much anticipated follow-up.
This book makes me wish I was born in New York ten y
Phil Overeem
Mar 20, 2012 Phil Overeem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though it isn't the most elegantly structured book in the world, it doesn't have a boring page, as befits Friedman. A few chapters are DEFINITELY not for the squeamish, but Friedman's a chronicler here (his few escapades into gonzo-styled involvement aren't exactly worn as badges of pride)--and a eulogist. One damn fine, and complex, eulogist, though the last page hints at resurrection.
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Recommends it for: histories cities new york
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In 1987, writer-guitarist Josh Alan Friedman sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads (the Crossroads of the World--Broadway & 42nd Street) and moved to Texas. He'd just written Tales of Times Square , a cult classic. An Expanded Edition with new chapters was recently released, while the still-unfinished movie of Tales has played 35 film festivals.

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