Other Books By Legs McNeil


The Other Hollywood

The Other Hollywood

THE OTHER HOLLYWOOD: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry
by Legs McNeil, Peter Pavia and Jennifer Osborne

A rollicking, funny, raunchy, and moving oral history of the adult film industry–from Deep Throat through today.

As a recent New York Times Magazine cover story pointed out to average Americans, the adult film industry is a $10 billion–per–year business. It has infiltrated the American mainstream, with its stars showing up as mainstream TV hosts, making guest appearances in Hollywood feature films, and gracing the CD covers–and arms–of rock stars and Hollywood actors alike. But what most people don’t know is how the porn industry got started–with a $22,000 Mafia investment in a film called Deep Throat–or how it mushroomed over the next quarter–century despite efforts by politicians, the FBI, and others to bring it down.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

This compulsively readable book perfectly captures the pop culture zeitgeist. It doesn’t hurt that the history of American pornography is inextricably intertwined with all the subjects that captivate us: sex, drugs, beauty, fame, money, the Mafia, law enforcement and violence. McNeil (Please Kill Me) focuses on the industry’s dark underbelly: suicide (Savannah), fratricide (the Mitchell brothers), Mafia hits (John Gotti whacked Robert DiBernardo, the mob’s point man in the porn business) and gangland slayings (John Holmes). But beyond the scintillating subject, it’s McNeil’s skillful technique that elevates this oral history, coauthored by journalists Osborne and Pavia, above the tedium of a courtroom transcript. Most chapters contain multiple story lines, which McNeil cleverly weaves together by the end. And the book’s two most fascinating stories-about the making of Deep Throat and the Traci Lords child pornography case-involve unreliable narrators, which gives them a Rashomon-like quality. In the case of Deep Throat, the movie that catapulted hardcore pornography into the mainstream, its star, Linda Lovelace, claims she was forced to perform in the movie, though everyone else connected to the film contradicts her. As for Lords, her detractors make a compelling argument that far from being the victim she portrays herself to be in her book, she deceived the industry about her age so she could make a fortune and leverage her sob story into a mainstream Hollywood career. Whether recounting high-profile scandals or answering trivia about the origins of porn films and lap dancing, this is a relentlessly gripping read. B&w photos. Agent, Jim Fitzgerald. (On sale Feb. 15) Forecast: A 25-city radio campaign and author appearances in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York will spike sales. Recent media interest in publisher Regan should also help the book, which, interestingly, is about an industry where attractive, highly sexual women who make bad relationship choices dominate.

Review from Variety: http://variety.com/2005/more/reviews/the-other-hollywood-1200527449/
Review from AV Club: http://www.avclub.com/review/legs-mcneil-jennifer-osborne-ithe-other-hollywood–4671
Review from Entertainment Weekly: http://ew.com/article/2005/02/02/other-hollywood/

POP CULTURE: 100 Stories from Pepsi-Cola’s First 100 Years
by Legs McNeil

Other books with CONTENT by LEGS McNEIL

Richard Hell book Hot and Cold
by Richard Hell; “Huck Hell and Legs Sawyer on
the Mississippi” by Richard Hell with Legs McNeil

Dee Dee Ramone's LOBOTOMY
by Dee Dee Ramone with Veronica Kofman
Foreword by Legs McNeil

Cheetah Chrome's book
by Cheetah Chrome
Foreword by Legs McNeil

John Lydon book
JOHN LYDON: Stories of Johnny
Edited by Rob Johnstone;
“No More Mr. Nice Guy” by Legs McNeil

Punk Magazine: The Original
by John Holmstrom
With material by Legs McNeil

New York Dolls - Photos by Bob Gruen
THE NEW YORK DOLLS: Photographs by Bob Gruen
Introduction by Lenny Kaye
Commentary collected by Legs McNeil

American Monsters
Edited by Jack Newfield and Mark Jacobson
“Charles Manson” by Legs McNeil

The KGB Bar - Marc Jacobson
Edited and Introduced by Marc Jacobson; The
“Nudie Cuties (1950-1969)” by Legs McNeil

Norris Mailer

“A Perfect Day” (Norris Mailer Remembrance) by Legs McNeil

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