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Beaver Street: A History of Modern Pornography

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For sixteen years Robert Rosen worked behind the X-rated scenes of such porn magazines as High Society, Stag, and D-Cup. In BEAVER STREET: A HISTORY OF MODERN PORNOGRAPHY, Rosen blows the lid off the lucrative and politically hounded adult industry, providing a darkly engaging account of its tumultuous decades-from the defining Traci Lords scandal and the conception of 'fr ...more
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Published 2010 by Headpress
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John Jr.
Mar 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Robert Rosen got into the adult-magazine trade to earn money after his other avenues of writing closed off in a recession. In early 1983, eight years out of City College, he applied for an editorial position he’d found in a New York Times classified ad. “I needed a job,” he writes, “a job was offered to me, and I took it.” From the outset, then, and through the remainder of the book, it’s mostly in terms of work that Rosen experienced the field of pornography. (True confessions: I know Rosen and ...more
Peter Landau
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Robert Rosen has come neither to praise nor to bury pornography. He acts instead as a Virgil to the reader’s Dante on tour of a business that grew to define pop culture in America. The sex industry is rock and roll without the music, Hollywood without the wardrobe, and as an export likely has surpassed both in terms of global influence.

That’s a scary thought, and only one of many that Rosen touches on over the course of his memoir of writing and editing for a succession of sleazier and more fet
David Comfort
Feb 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Ever wonder what kind of creature lurked beyond the green XXX door, helping create the $8 billion a year monster called the porn industry? Ever wonder how Marvel’s X-Men, the Incredible Hulk, and Spiderman himself were behind it all?

Beaver Street reveals all, leaving no holes barred.

Robert Rosen, aka Bobby Paradise, started writing “girl copy” and phone sex scripts for High Society in the early 80s. His boss, Carl Ruderman, had started him at $17,000 to make the magazine “crazier” than its compe
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I stumbled across this just as the debut season of the HBO David Simon series, The Deuce, which chronicles the culture of NYC's Times Square and the birth of modern pornography in the early 1970s.

Beaver Street is essentially a personal memoir -- with multiple idiosyncracies, such as irregular footnotes indulging the author's emphatic pet peeves. Nonetheless, Rosen's narrative shows considerable respect for historical detail. I was particularly fascinated by the way modern pornography largely eme
Vasil Kolev
Jul 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Too bad it ends around 2005-2009, and doesn't go into all of the developments on the internet. ...more
Mike McPadden
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
BEAVER STREET author Robert Rosen engagingly and effectively documents his time sailing the sex pipes of NYC stroke books from the 80s onward. I especially enjoyed his account of editing CCNY's underground newspaper (I vividly remember the naked nun photo scandal of 1979), details regarding HIGH SOCIETY publisher Carl Ruderman, and his breezy, funny takes on various X-biz drifters and grifters. Skinthusiastically recommended. ...more
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Robert Rosen is the author of "Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon," an international bestseller that's been translated into six languages. His latest book, "Bobby in Naziland: A Tale of Flatbush," is a memoir about growing up in Brooklyn in the 1950s and 60s, surrounded by Auschwitz survivors and W.W. II vets. His investigative memoir, "Beaver Street: A History of Modern Pornography," rece ...more

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