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Sexplosion: From Andy Warhol to a Clockwork Orange -- How a Generation of Pop Rebels Broke All the Taboosby Robert Hofler
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After the sexual revolution came the sexual explosion
The six years between 1968 and 1973 saw more sexual taboos challenged than ever before. Film, literature, and theater simultaneously broke through barriers previously unimagined, giving birth to what we still consider to be the height of sexual expression in our pop culture: Portnoy's Complaint, Myra Breckinridge, Hair, The Boys in the Band, Midnight Cowboy, Last Tango in Paris, and Deep Throat.
In Sexplosion, Robert Hofler weaves a lively narrative linking many of the writers, producers, and actors responsible for creating these and other controversial works, placing them within their cultural and social frameworks. During the time the Stonewall Riots were shaking Greenwich Village and Roe v. Wade was making its way to the Supreme Court, a group of daring artists was challenging the status quo and defining the country's concept of sexual liberation. Hofler follows the creation of and reaction to these groundbreaking works, tracing their connections and influences upon one another and the rest of entertainment.
Always colorful and often unexpected, Sexplosion is an illuminating account of a generation of sexual provocateurs and the power their works continue to hold decades later.
"Variety senior editor Hofler (Party Animals) weaves an engaging, informative picture of the sex-charged, boundaries-pushing era from 1968 to 1973, when artists across various media changed the face of the entertainment world, shattering long-held taboos regarding sexuality and content. In a lively, unapologetically profane narrative, Hofler looks at how 'a number of very talented, risk-taking rebels challenged the world's prevailing attitudes towards sex, and in the process, changed pop culture forever.' Covering landmark plays and movies such as Myra Breckinridge, Hair, Last Tango in Paris, Deep Throat, and Midnight Cowboy, he shows how these productions, and the people involved, went against the grain like never before, redefining the entertainment landscape. From the genesis of Blaxploitation films to the rising profile of pornography, the complex, paradoxically mature 'Sexplosion' era is covered in loving detail. Hofler covers pop-culture figures and their creations with an expert's depth of knowledge and a passion for the lurid details, of which there are plenty, resulting in a delightful journey through a short-lived but influential period — a crazy time in which anything seemed possible and nothing was forbidden. Agent: Eric Myers, the Spieler Agency" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Sexplosion is a multifaceted gem — a close examination of the intersection of sex, politics, and the arts that is also a thrilling cultural history. It is an original and provocative look at the backstage scenes of America's theaters, studios, and clubs, where artists were demolishing inhibitions and transforming our lives. Bob Spitz, author of Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child
“Rich, funny, and comprehensive, Sexplosion takes you inside the tumultuous, energizing years of 1968 to 1973, when artists, filmmakers, and writers defied authority and challenged every taboo to create a sexual revolution that reverberates to this day. This is a superb evocation of an era.” Patricia Bosworth, author of Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman
"Dizzying in its magnitude and impact....Hofler describes in often strong language and with considerable wit what was unmistakably a new cultural reality and moral perspective in America and Britain." Booklist (starred review)
"Fun, fascinating examination of the moment when American and British culture seemed to lose all inhibitions....Readers will marvel over the ideological distance traveled since those years....Sparkling history of an artistically spirited age." Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Robert Hofler has spent more than forty years as an entertainment journalist, having worked as entertainment editor of Life and executive editor of Us magazine, and most recently at Variety, where he was a theater reporter and senior editor for fifteen years. His nonfiction works include the Henry Willson biography, The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson, Variety's "The Movie That Changed My Life," and Party Animals, a biography of Allan Carr. Hofler is the theater critic for The Wrap and lives in New York City.
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