A Life of Strip & Tease in Clubland
When Sam Bailey tells people that she used to take
her clothes off for money, three questions usually follow.
The first is Why? The simple answer is that she enjoyed it. She
liked showing off, being desired and earning a lot of money. The second is
How did you get started? Sam was 17, had a poorly paid job that she
hated and couldn't bear to think that was all there was for her in life. The
third question is: So, Sam, what was it like?
In Stripped, Sam Bailey reveals all about her experiences, taking us
behind the scenes and introducing us to the other strippers and the punters,
aged 18 to 80. She recounts a series of episodes that shine a light on the
simultaneously sexy and seedy, glamorous and grotty world of lap-dancing
Stripped takes you down the steps and through the double doors to reveal
some of the night's darkest secrets and expose the reality of life in the
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|Mainstream (April 2012)
Martin Barker and Julian Petley
The Media Violence Debate
Contains several thoughtful pieces about media
effects and, perhaps more importantly, why it is that the media itself
seems so keen on the idea that watching violent films is a cause of
violent behaviour. The editors have picked a good range of relevant
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|By Sian Barber
Censoring the 1970s
Censoring the 1970s: The BBFC and the Decade That
This book explores the work of the British Board of
Film Censors in the 1970s. Throughout the decade this unelected
organisation set standards of acceptability and determined what could
and what could not be shown on British cinema screens. Controversial
texts like A Clockwork Orange (1971), Straw Dogs (1971), The Devils
(1971) and Life of Brian (1979) have been used to draw attention to the
way in which the BBFC operated in the 1970s.
While it is true to say that these films encountered
major classification problems, what of the hundreds of other films being
classified at the same time? Did all films struggle with the British
censors in this period, and can these famous examples be fitted into
broader patterns of censorship policy and practice?
In studying over 250 film files from the BBFC
archive, this work reveals how 1970s films such as Vampire Circus
(1971), Confessions of a Window Cleaner (1974) and Carry on Emmannuelle
(1978) also ran into trouble with the film censor. This work explores
the complex process of negotiation and compromise which affected all
film submissions in the 1970s and the way in which the BBFC actively,
and often sympathetically, negotiated with film directors, producers and
distributors to assign the correct category to each film.
The lack of any defined formal censorship policy in
this period allowed the BBFC to work alongside the film industry and
push cultural, social and artistic boundaries; however it also left the
Board open to accusations of favouritism, subjectivity and personal
This work is not simply a study of controversial
films and contentious issues, but rather engages with wider issues of
changing permission, legal struggles, the influence of the media and the
legislative and governmental controls which both helped and hindered the
BBFC in this important post-war decade. The focus on historical and
archival research offers a great deal to scholars from associated
disciplines including history, social policy, media and communications
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|Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Nov 2011) ISBN: 1443833495
The Video Nasties
The Video Nasties: Freedom and Censorship in the
A collection of articles on the subject of the media
inspired censorship hysteria of the video nasty.
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|Pluto Press Ltd 1984
Sex and Censorship in the UK
Porn Panic! documents new and rising threats to free
expression, and mounts a fierce and entertaining defence. --Nadine
Strossen, Professor of Law, New York Law School and former ACLU
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|Zero Books (aug 2016)
American XXX Movie Posters, 1970 to 1985
Graphic Thrills is a wide-ranging over-view
of the entire history of the XXX movie scene from 1970 to 1985, it is
simultaneously anecdotal, factual, and interview based. It also includes
a very detailed and quite lengthy introductory chapter, setting the
scene for the posters that follow.
Each poster is accompanied by an essay on the film
concerned. This is far more than just a poster book, but more a
beautifully illustrated history of the genre. With catchy titles like
Carnal Olympics, Ultra Flesh, Insatiable, Deep Throat, and
Dominatrix Without Mercy, the 1970s and early 80s were the golden
era of the American hardcore sex film. Picking up where the low-budget
stag loops and softcore sexploitation pictures left off, this legendary
cycle of adult filmmaking was distinguished by both the overall quality
of the movies themselves and also the advertising that promoted them.
This was the age of porno chic. Theatrical film
posters, then and now, seduce the public into taking part in a fantasy
world. Graphic Thrills proudly assembles a stunning array of these
debauched and innuendo-packed one-sheets between its covers, with
glorious unabashed sexuality dripping from every page. These joyous and
colourful odes to sultry sin hung in the lobbies and front windows of
the porno theaters and grindhouses of yesteryear.
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FAB Press (Oct 2013) ISBN: 1903254736
|Francis Brewster, Harvey Fenton,
Horror! Astounding Artwork from the Video Nasty Era
Great Britain, 1980: the dawn of the video
age. With new video companies appearing on a weekly basis, competition for
shelf space was fierce. Eye-catching cover designs were essential to succeed
in this saturated marketplace. Video was new, unregulated and out of
control. These were the outlaw years. These glory days spanned just five
years, before a legal crackdown in 1984 banished most of these outrageous
videos from the shelves forever. Marc Morris was one of the few to rescue
these covers from obscurity, and this book delves deep into his unrivalled
DVDs may have replaced videos in terms of film quality & content but they
are hardly compete when it comes to cover art. This book focuses on
the cover art but also includes some accurately researched time line details
of exactly when each video turned up on the prosecutor's (DPP) list.
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Kristin T. Vander Lugt,
Daniel H. Magilow
The Nazi Image in Low-Brow Cinema and Culture
A key question is how exactly did a society as
sexually repressive as Nazi Germany become a signifier of far-out sex
and erotic adventurism?
Although this book ultimately struggles to provide a
definitive answer, perhaps because the question is unanswerable, it
does, over the course of some 300 pages, prove how potent and enduing
the conventions of Nazisploitation have become.
Like the Nazi zombie monsters of the recent
Norwegian opus Dead Snow, it is a phenomenon that has proved itself
Porn & Pong
Porn & Pong: How Grand Theft Auto, Tomb Raider and other Sexy Games
Changed Our Culture
It's this sexual history of video games that Damon Brown, who covers
technology for Playboy, obsessively details how Grand Theft Auto,
Tomb Raider and other Sexy Games Changed Our Culture.
Approaching such topics as arm-length pixelated penises and breasts
that deserve their own planetary orbit with a sense of humor, Brown
explores how virtual sex has gone from the crude, joystick-controlled
adult games on the Atari 2600 and text-only cybering in early-'90s AOL
chat rooms to bumping uglies in the virtual world Second Life and
banging prostitutes in Grand Theft Auto."
He also examines how video vixens went from having bodies practically
built out of Lego blocks to becoming ever more realistic -- at least, as
much as porn-industry bodies can be called realistic.
The book is available at
Feral House: (Sep 2008)
Video Nasties: From Absurd to Zombie Flesh-eaters
The book is available
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||Stray Cat Publishing (Aug 2004)
Video Nasties 2
Video Nasties 2:
A Pictorial Guide to the Movies That Bite!
The book is available
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||Stray Cat Publishing (Dec 2001)
Banned: Tales from the bizarre
history of Australian Obscenity
Just released, and worthy of your attention.
It's an interesting look into the history of Australian wowserism. A time
that the Religious Right would like to see return.
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You Can't Read
You Can't Read
Censorship in an Age of Freedom
From Promotional Material:
From the fall of the Berlin
Wall to the advert of the Web, everywhere you turn you are told that we live
in age of unparalleled freedom. This is dangerously naive. From the
revolution in Iran that wasn't to the imposition of super-injunctions from
the filthy rich, we still live in a world where you can write a book and end
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of
Communism, and the advent of the Web which allowed for even the smallest
voice to be heard, everywhere you turned you were told that we were living
in an age of unparalleled freedom. You Can't Read This Book argues that this
view is dangerously naive. From the revolution in Iran that wasn't, to the
Great Firewall of China and the imposition of super-injunctions from the
filthy rich protecting their privacy, the traditional opponents of freedom
of speech - religious fanaticism, plutocratic power and dictatorial states -
are thriving, and in many respects finding the world a more comfortable
place in the early 21st century than they did in the late 20th
Kindle Edition available [UK only]
|Alex Comfort and Susan Quilliam
The New Joy of
Won the 2010 Erotic Award for the best publication.
Susan Quilliam took Alex Comfort's original best-seller and made it
thoroughly modern, sensitive and inclusive.
The illustrations are beautiful and make the book bountiful. We think
The New Joy of Sex should make an important contribution to end the
sexual ignorance which prevails in our society and around the world and
propose it should become required reading in all schools, colleges and
homes, including homes for older people.
|Mitchell Beazley (2008)
Raising Hell: Ken Russell and the Unmaking of The
Crouse reconstructs The Devils in meticulous detail,
from Russell's arduous shoot to the hysteria surrounding its X-rated
release. Arguing for the film's place at the cutting edge of 70s
cinema, he notes that censors treated The Exorcist with kid gloves just
two years later. What's different is The Devils potent mix of sex
and religion---and its vision of a corrupt Church that uses
possession as a tool to intimidate and manipulate the innocent.
History, in the hands of an unflinching filmmaker, can be more graphic
Summary Review: Worthy
This is a worthy examination of this powerful
and unforgettable British masterpiece.
If there are any small caveats, they would be a
brief dismay at the lack of photographs, posters or set designs to
illustrate the incredible story of the film, and a little more about a
couple of details on the cuts imposed by Russell himself, as well as the
8 Nov 2012
The Complete Memoirs
We defy even the most cold-hearted of readers not to
be moved to tears 9/10 --Starburst
These concise yet beautifully written works of
reminiscence fittingly mark 2013 as the centenary of the birth of a
man... Highly recommended. 5 stars --Horrorview
A moving account of a magnificent life, with
reflections from those who knew and admired him. --Rue Morgue
17 May 2013|
Hookers: Their Lives in Their Words
This is a fantastic book. I couldn't put it down had to stay up and
read it from cover to cover. Who but Julian Davies would have thought of
getting prostitutes to talk about their lives. I didn't think he could top
his first two books but he has. This book is funny, sad , frightening and
full of sex. Not only is Julian the most handsome writer around he is also
one of the most talented.
|MILO BOOKS (2008)
|Edited by Ronald Deibert, John
Palfrey, Rafal Rohozinski, Jonathan Zittrain
Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global
from the BBC,
A new book details the extent to which countries across the globe are
increasingly censoring online information they find strategically,
politically or culturally threatening.
Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering
challenges the long-standing assumption that the internet is an unfettered
space where citizens from around the world can freely communicate and
mobilise. In fact, the book makes it clear that the scope, scale and
sophistication of net censorship are growing.
There's been a conventional wisdom or myth that the internet was immune
from state regulation, says Ronald Deibert, one of the book's editors:
What we're finding is that states that were taking a hands-off approach
to the internet for many years are now finding ways to intervene at key
internet choke points, and block access to information.
|MIT Press (Dec 2007)
Access Controlled: The Shaping of
Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace
China may be one of the world's most Internet-repressive regimes. But
its Great Firewall is a clumsy and ineffective tool compared with the
subtle information control techniques developed over the last few years
by Russia and many of the former Soviet states.
That's one of the conclusions of Access Controlled, a new book out
from the Open Net Initiative, a consortium of academics focused on free
speech and government interactions with the Internet. A sequel to Access
Denied, the Open Net Initiative's 2008 report on the state of global
Internet censorship, one of the book's theses is that government control
of the Internet has shifted from directly blocking sites to slicker ways
of repressing dissidents online.
China and Iran still filter the most content online, according to the
ONI. In its country-by-country survey of Internet filtering. But while
states like Russia and Belarus perform much less of what the ONI calls
first generation or Chinese-style filtering, they're
increasingly adept at second and third generation control of the
Second generation censorship, as ONI authors Ronald Deibert
and Rafal Rohozinski define it in an early chapter, includes tricks like
requiring Web site owners to register with the government and using the
process to weed out dissident sites with red tape, a tactic often used
in Kazakhstan and Belarus. In Belarus and Uzbekistan, veracity
and slander laws are used as a pretense for shutting down dissident
|MIT Press May 2010
|Tom Dewe Mathews
The Story of Film Censorship in Britain
Has become a standard text in the field
Out of print
|Chatto & Windus Ltd, 1994
Trash or Treasure?
Treasure?: Censorship and the Changing Meanings of the Video Nasties
From Promotional Material:
Trash or treasure is a
wide-ranging historical study of the British circulation of the video
nasties - A term that was originally coined to ban a group of horror videos
in Britain in the 1980s but which continues to have cultural resonance in
Britain up to the present day.
The book is divided into three secionts, which represent
the key periods of existence of the nasties category - The formation of the
term in the 1980s, the fan culture that formed around the nasties subsequent
to their banning under the video recordings act and the DVD and theatrical
re-release of some of the nasty titles from 1990 onwards.
All in all, Trash or treasure? is an interesting and
valuable work, though the necessity of hacking one's way through an often
impenetrable jungle of academic jargon rather detracts from the overall
effect, and there is a tendency, common to such works, to state the obvious
as if it were revelation.
On its own terms, however, it is well-written and
cogently argued, but its future lies entirely within the walls of academe,
not least due to its outrageous £50.00
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Manchester University Press, Nov 2007
Taming the Beast
Author Jane Fae says:
See order details at
bookTamingtheBeast Facebook Page
Over the last decade or so, politicians, media and
public have woken up to the fact that the internet allows individuals to
access a range and volume of pornographic material well beyond what was
once available in an age of print and cellulose film.
At the same time, they have had to acknowledge that
traditional approaches to controlling access to this material have
proven legally ineffective. That same period, therefore, has seen a
two-pronged attempt to stuff the internet genie back into its virtual
bottle. First, through an unprecedented passing of new and
ground-breaking laws -- at times, seemingly, a new law every year: and
second, through the implementation of technical solutions, including
moderation, filtering and blocking to achieve through brute
technological force what may not always be achievable through law.
This book is a first attempt to document both these
processes. It is not quite an academic textbook. It does, however, set
out clearly the main pathways taken by legislators and public servants
in attempting to deal with the issue of online porn. It therefore
provides a basic roadmap from which those interested in to carry out
their own more detailed exploration of the territory can branch out on
In terms of narrative, the book brings us to the end
of 2014, at which point the government's central legislative measure â--
the law on possession of extreme porn â-- has been rudely challenged
through judicial review. It is also the point at which the public have
begun to question the validity of filtering as a generic approach. We
are undoubtedly living in interesting times.
|Edited by Harvey Fenton
Flesh & Blood Compendium
Over the course of ten seminal issues in magazine format and a hugely
successful book format edition, Flesh & Blood became established as the
leading brand name in cutting-edge film criticism during the latter years of
the Twentieth Century. Always one step ahead of the rest, Flesh & Blood
featured the world's best writers reporting on the most important sex,
horror and exploitation cinema in the world. Flesh & Blood Compendium is
simply The Best of The Best.
Ground-Breaking Articles on eye-opening subjects including: Prosthetic
Sex Films, RealiTV and Death Film, Pier Paolo Pasolini and the Marquis de
Sade, Jack the Ripper, Postmodern Slasher Movies, British Trash Films from
the 70s, Charles Manson, Rape/Revenge movies, African Witchdoctors, French
vampires, Japanese Ultra Violence and Belgian artcore...
With a contribution by yours truly
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Bizarre Cinema, Weird Literature, Strange Music, Extreme Art
The most controversial and infamous British fanzine
of the 1980s, SHEER FILTH returns in book form, bolder and filthier than
Published between 1987 and 1990, SHEER FILTH offered
a heady mix of shocking film and book reviews, wild music coverage,
weird cartoons, incisive features and fascinating interviews with icons
of cult cinema and adult entertainment. Mixing serious analysis with
wild enthusiasm, SHEER FILTH covered everything from XXX-rated cinema to
true crime novels, from sleazy rock'n'roll to experimental movies, and
from pulp fiction to cutting-edge art.
SHEER FILTH brought the world the first coverage of
Jorg Buttgereit's Nekromantik, Psychic TV's extraordinary First
Transmission, cult classic Death Bed: The Bed That Eats, and much more.
Under the guidance of editor David Flint, SHEER
FILTH was the proving ground for a host of aspiring journalists and
authors who would go on to write for Headpress, Ungawa, Divinity, Shock
Xpress, Skin Two and Penthouse. SHEER FILTH ran for 9 ground-breaking
issues. At long last, this 10th edition gathers together almost all of
the original contents, and also includes plenty of sensational
previously unseen material! Fans of horror, sleaze, exploitation, adult,
fetish, underground, alternative, and cult entertainment rejoice! The
Filth is back!
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|FAB Press (April 2014)
Babylon Blue: An Illustrated History of Adult Cinema
An excellent read by an author who suffered a
police raid whilst researching the book.
Book of the Month: Here, in intricate and quite literally anal detail, is
the history and background to all the major hardcore films of the last four
decades. Every key porn star and director gets a lengthy entry, so to speak:
John Holmes, Mary Millington, Traci Lords, Jenna Jameson, Ben Dover, the
woman from the Oxo ads and Leslie Philips....Flint avoids mere titillation
in favour of hard details. A moist 9/10.
|Creation Books International, 1999
Dances with Werewolves
Suggested by Alan
Niki Flynn is an actress/model specialising in spanking and
the like. She has appeared in films and photoshoots produced in her native
USA, Britain, the Czech Republic and Austria (at least).
She is really the
ideal antidote to the idea of subs "not really consenting" which was
initially touted as a reason for the Dangerous Pictures Act.
A bit more about Niki's book on her
Niki Flynn is a young woman on a journey into the dark
heart of her own sexual fantasies. She is regularly restrained, spanked,
caned and whipped in the most notorious adult films of modern times. And
she doesn't do it for financial gain. Nor because she's a masochist.
Flynn makes extreme adult movies because of her curious and profound love
of surrender and punishment. Her desires are all about authority and power
in situations when she has none. Where she is at the mercy of others who
lack just that. And for the thrill of dread, anticipation, and the
euphoria that follows when she admires the marks from the headmaster's
cane or the pirate's whip, Niki Flynn is willing to endure torment. Flown
to the secretive underground world of taboo film-making, this strange art
has led her all over the world. From schoolgirl canings in England to
spankings in California, from a Stasi interrogation in Germany to a forced
haircut in Prague, Niki Flynn progressed to her darkest role ever - in
Bratislava, where she danced with the fiercest werewolves of all.
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|Virgin Books 2007
|Michael J Freeman
Originally serialised on MelonFarmers as A Corollary to Corruption.
A true story about the life of a pornographer.
Starting in Sixties Soho in London, England. An exciting read about sex,
violence and corruption in the London Underworld.
Kindle Edition available
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No Place to Hide
Edward Snowden, the NSA and the Surveillance State
Glenn Greenwald's No Place to Hide is the story of
one of the greatest national security leaks in US history.
In June 2013, reporter and political commentator
Glenn Greenwald published a series of reports in the Guardian which
rocked the world.
The reports revealed shocking truths about the
extent to which the National Security Agency had been gathering
information about US citizens and intercepting communication worldwide,
and were based on documents leaked by former National Security Agency
employee Edward Snowden to Greenwald.
Including new revelations from documents entrusted
to Greenwald by Snowden, this essential book tells the story of Snowden
and the NSA and examines the far-reaching consequences of the
government's surveillance program, both in the US and abroad.
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|Bruce G Hallenbeck
The Hammer Vampire
British Cult Cinema: The Hammer Vampire
THE HAMMER VAMPIRE is an in-depth examination of how
a tiny film studio on the banks of the Thames changed a genre forever.
Hammer may not have invented the vampire film, but
its technicians and actors certainly perfected it. The screen vampire as
we know and love it today, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Twilight and
True Blood, would not have existed in its present form but for a series
of sixteen Gothic horror films produced by Hammer between 1958 and 1974.
In this lively analysis of the phenomenon, author
Bruce Hallenbeck takes you behind the scenes of the Hammer classics to
show how the vampire myth was reinvented for the modern audience, taking
the archetype that was established by Bram Stoker s Dracula into a realm
that was darker, more graphic and, most importantly, more sexual than
had ever been depicted before.. Hammer s greatest contribution to the
vampire film may have been in its evolution of the female of the species
the seductive vampire woman, who ultimately proved to be far more deadly
than the male...
Fully illustrated with rare stills in black & white
and colour. FOREWORD by Jimmy Sangster
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|David Hebditch & Nick
Porn Gold: Inside the Pornography Business
Fascinating study of the porn business particularly
concentrating on the money to made from porn and who makes it.
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|Faber & Faber Ltd, 1988
Golden Age of Censorship
Novel set in the world of film censorship by Paul Hoffman who was
previously a senior examiner at the BBFC.
Do you remember the video nasty? It is 1984 and video has just arrived
in Britain's homes. With it comes a widespread distrust and fear. The
public dread a deluge of porn, ultraviolence, cannibalism and
dismemberment. Eager to reflect the public mood, Parliament decides to
panic too, and gifts sweeping powers to the chief film censor, Nick Berg.
Every film ever made has to be reclassified for home viewing. But rather
than become a tool of moral hysteria, Berg has a grand plan. He will
create an entirely new kind of censorship - benign, thoughtful,
intelligent. First he must create a team to implement his wishes. This
'Magnificent Seven' will have the power to decide what others can and
They will encounter the great monuments of censorship - The Exorcist,
Cannibal Holocaust and Reservoir Dogs - as well as the
obscure and unexpected: Rupert Bear and Little Yum and the
almost unwatchable Nappy Love. But off-screen, all is soon not well
in the inner sanctum. What Berg doesn't realize is that his prized
rationale is flawed. Fault lines appear within his team of seven. And a
struggle for power is set in motion.
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|Black Swan 2008
VHS Video Cover Art
Video cover art is a unique and largely lost artform
representing a period of unabashed creativity during the video rental
boom of the 1980s to early 1990s. The art explodes with a succulent,
indulgent blend of design, illustration, typography, and hilarious
copywriting. Written and curated by Tom aThe Dude Designsa Hodge, poster
artist extraordinaire and VHS obsessive, with a foreword by Mondo's
Justin Ishmael, this collection contains over 240 full-scale, complete
video sleeves in the genres of action, comedy, horror, kids, sci-fi, and
thriller films. It's a world of mustached, muscled men, buxom beauties,
big explosions, phallic guns, and nightmare-inducing monsters. From the
sublime to the ridiculous, some are incredible works of art, some are
insane, and some capture the tone of the films better than the films
themselves. All are amazing and inspiring works of art that captivate
the imagination. It's like stepping back in time into your local video
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28 May 2015
Initially, Anthony Burgess liked what he saw -- or, at
least, he said he liked what he saw -- when Stanley Kubrick eventually deigned
to meet and give him a private screening of the completed film. During
production, Malcolm McDowell had asked Kubrick if he ever met with
Burgess to discuss the project.
Oh good God, no! exclaimed Kubrick. Why
would I want to do that?
McDowell surmised, Kubrick didn't want
interference from the author, who probably didn't know the first thing
about making a movie.
Watching the completed film, Burgess didn't hold it
against Kubrick when his wife, repulsed by its choreographed sex and
violence, asked to leave the screening room after a mere ten minutes.
Initially, he even managed to tell the press, This is one of the
great books that has been made into a great film.
Maybe he meant what he said. Or maybe he simply
wanted to persuade Kubrick to direct his screenplay Napoleon
Symphony. In the following weeks, as well as years, Burgess would
radically reassess his opinion of A Clockwork Orange the movie.
Hardcover available at
Kindle Edition available at
|HarperCollins USA (Feb 2014)
Is the Fear of Being Offensive Killing Free Speech?
In this blistering polemic, veteran journalist Mick
Hume presents an uncompromising defence of freedom of expression, which
he argues is threatened in the West, not by jackbooted censorship but by
a creeping culture of conformism and You-Can't-Say-That.
The cold-blooded murder of the Charlie Hebdo
cartoonists in January 2015 brought a deadly focus to the issue of free
speech. Leaders of the free-thinking world united in condemning the
killings, proclaiming Je suis Charlie. But it wasn't long before
many commentators were arguing that the massacre showed the need to
apply limits to free speech and to restrict the right to be offensive.
It has become fashionable not only to declare
yourself offended by what somebody else says, but to use the offence
card to demand that they be prevented from saying it. Social media
websites such as Twitter have become the scene of twitch hunts
where online mobs hunt down trolls and other heretics who express the
wrong opinion. And Trigger Warnings and other measures to protect
sensitive students from potentially offensive material have spread from
American universities across the Atlantic and the internet.
Hume argues that without freedom of expression, our
other liberties would not be possible. Against the background of the
historic fight for free speech, Trigger Warning identifies the new
threats facing it today and spells out how unfettered freedom of
expression, despite the pain and the problems it entails, remains the
most important liberty of all.
|William Collins (Jun 2015)
|Paul Johnson and Derek Dalton
The book collects together essays
by a well known and respected group of academics, from a range of
disciplines, that explore the role of the police in shaping the boundaries
of that aspect of our lives that we imagine to be most intimate and most our
own. It presents a snap shot of policing in respect of a number of
diverse areas -- such as public sex, pornography, and sex work -- and
considers how sexual orientation structures police responses to them.
The book aims to promote discussion of how policing is
implicated in the social, moral and political landscape of sex and, contrary
to the established rhetoric of politicians and criminal justice
practitioners, continues to intervene in the private lives of citizens.
|Routledge (May 2012)
|Alan Jones and Buddy Giovinazzo
The Frightfest Guide to Exploitation Movies
Author Alan Jones is an internationally renowned
reporter on the Horror Fantasy genre. He founded FRIGHTFEST and is
currently a featured film critic in the Radio Times, the UK's biggest
selling magazine. He also writes for Empire, Total Film, The Guardian,
GQ, Vogue & The Independent. He recently worked with Nicolas Winding
Refn on the acclaimed FAB Press coffee table book The Act of Seeing.
With a foreword by Buddy Giovinazzo, best known for his gritty-low
budget debut film, Combat Shock, and his collection of harrowing short
stories, Life Is Hot in Crackdown. Born in New York City, Buddy was
thrilled when Combat Shock received its first public screening at the
Liberty Theater on 42nd Street.
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|FAB Press (Sept 2016)
|David Kerekes and David Slater
See No Evil
See No Evil:
Banned Films and Video Controversy
An excellent history of video classification and censorship
in the UK from the "video nasties" controversy to the present day. Includes
chapters on the history of video, the "video nasties", the black market, the
prosecutions of traders in unclassified material, media effects, and sex vids. A well
written and intelligent study, well worth reading.
|Critical Vision (an imprint of Headpress)
ISBN: 1 900486
It's Only a Movie
It's Only a Movie: Reel Life
Adventures of a Film Obsessive
Difficult to classify
Like the banned films he so dearly loves, it's very difficult to
classify. It's part documentary, part adventure movie, part love story
and, of course, part horror. It's one hell of a ride though.
I'd love to hear this as an audiobook in the actual words of Ol' Big
Hands himself (he'd have to slow down though - he'd gabble through it in
about 25 minutes if his radio performances are anything to go by!)
In the meantime, I'd thoroughly recommend this book to absolutely
anyone who likes films.
Book available at
Kindle edition available at
|Random House Feb 2010
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
From promotional material:
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
(1986) is precisely that: a cold-eyed character study based on
the crimes of Henry Lee Lucas, who was convicted of eleven
murders in the 1980s. Director John McNaughton presents an
unflinching portrayal of the semi-fictional Henry's crimes. The
film proved immensely controversial, notably in the UK, where it
confounded theBBFC, which went so far as to re-edit a crucial
scene, in addition to cutting others.
Shaun Kimber's examination of the controversies
surrounding Henry considers the history and implications of censors'
decisions about the film on both sides of the Atlantic. Taking account of
the views of audiences, critics and academics, both at the time the film was
released and in the years since, Kimber also looks at the changing
political, social and economic contexts within which the film was produced
and has subsequently circulated. Henry continues to represent a key film
within the horror genre, the history of censorship, and the study of film
violence. Kimber's account of the film's production and its fortunes in the
marketplace provides a fascinating case study of film censorship in action,
and offers a sustained and wide-ranging analysis of what remains one of the
most disturbing films ever made.
An excellent in-depth analysis... Kimber effectively
combines close readings of key scenes with detailed consideration of the
history of different versions of Henry and its various engagements with
critics, supporters and regulatory authorities. Geoff King, Brunel
Shaun Kimber is a Senior Lecturer in the Media School at
|Palgrave Macmillan September 2011
|Amelia May Kingston
The Triumph of Hope
From Amelia May Kingston
Some time ago I decided that my contribution against the proposed bill
outlawing the possession of "extreme pornographic images" would be to write
and publish a semi-autobiographical novel The Triumph of Hope to show
how BDSM can be part of a rounded life-style practised by intelligent,
caring, creative people.
It is not pornography, but a challenging, erotic, autobiograpy detailing the
changing perspectives of a disabled, middle-aged female psychotherapist as
she interacts with the world of alternative sexuality. It follows her
journey as a determined survivor from childhood to maturity through varied
life-experiences in many parts of the world and at last to a joyful and
shameless old age in which she finally recognises and accepts herself.
Is it really about me? Now that would be telling ... but my playmates may
recognise themselves in some of the composite characters I have created.
at UK Amazon
|Lulu Press Incorporated
Violence and Sex Work in Britain
Violence and Sex Work in Britain explores violence and homicide in the
context of sex work, showing how current law and repressive policing
tactics exacerbate vulnerability. It exposes inadequacies in the criminal
justice system, leading to failures in investigations and prosecutions and
failures to prevent violence from known offenders. It attacks the radical
feminist ideology currently driving government policy, arguing that its
stigmatization of sex workers' clients ignores sex workers' own
experiences and testimony while colluding with policies that make sex work
Hilary described her findings that it is generally not clients who
perpetrate violence against sex workers, but individuals who pretend to be
clients to gain access to a brothel or persuade a sex worker to get in
their car, as well as community vigilantes, law enforcement staff and
robbery gangs targeting sex workers in the knowledge that as well as
having cash on the premises, they are unlikely to report.
|Willan Publishing (17 Oct 2008)
|Dr Marty Klein
America's War on Sex
America's War on Sex: The Attack on Law, Lust and Liberty
Dr. Marty Klein's recently published volume, America's War On Sex, is
quite simply the best book yet written dealing with the collision between
the adult industry, sex-positive activism and the religious right. Every
single page contains valuable information and analysis for anyone involved
in the adult industry, and should be considered required reading for anyone
who wants to understand why so many people in the United States,
particularly the so-called "cultural leaders," are so fucked up when it
comes to all subjects sexual.
Those who are trying to 'clean up' America say they're fighting for a
number of critical reasons: the family, marriage, morals, education,
community safety," Klein perceptively notes at the outset. But this
isn't really true. It's a war against sex: sexual expression, sexual
exploration, sexual arrangements, sexual privacy, sexual choice, sexual
entertainment, sexual health, sexual imagination, sexual pleasure.
Klein's thesis is broken into several chapters dealing with such subjects as
sex education, reproductive rights and the media, both broadcast and
Internet, but as becomes quickly evident, those are really just different
aspects of the same war, fought with the same weapons, using the same (mis)information
and targeting the same objective: To control and restrict everyone's
sexuality, even their own.
at US Amazon
|Praeger Publishers (August 30, 2006)
A Clockwork Orange
From promotional material:
What is the attraction of
violence? What is the relationship between real and imagined violence? What
should be the state's response to both? These questions are raised by
Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (1971). The film is a
graphically violent, sexually explicit, wickedly funny, visually stunning
and deeply ambiguous adaptation of Anthony Burgess's 1962 novel.
Drawing on new research in the Stanley Kubrick Archive,
Peter Kramer's study explores the production, marketing and reception as
well as the themes and style of A Clockwork Orange against the backdrop of
Kubrick's previous work and wider developments in British and American
cinema, culture and society from the 1950s to the early 1970s.
This is a remarkable and highly unusual book. Kramer
turns aside from the endlessly repeated queries about whether a film like A
Clockwork Orange might 'cause people to go out and rape, and asks instead:
how does this film participate in that very debate? What philosophy of human
nature drove Kubrick to construct the film? Kramer takes us into the film's
detailed construction, so we can judge its contribution for ourselves.
Martin Barker, Aberystwyth University
Peter Kramer is a Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the
University of East Anglia,
|Palgrave Macmillan September 2011
Grand Theft Childhood
Grand Theft Childhood: The Surprising
Truth about Violent Video Games and What Parents Can Do
TechLiberation, April 2008
Don’t judge a book by its cover (or its title, for that matter). I
figured that I was in for another tedious anti-gaming screed full of myths
and hysteria about games and gamers. Boy, was I wrong. Massively wrong.
Lawrence Kutner, PhD, and Cheryl K. Olson, ScD, cofounders and directors
of the Harvard Medical School Center for Mental Health and Media, have
written the most thoroughly balanced and refreshingly open-minded book
about video games ever penned. They cut through the stereotypes and
fear-mongering that have thus far pervaded the debate over the impact of
video games and offer parents and policymakers common-sense advice about
how to approach these issues in a more level-headed fashion. They argue
Today, an amalgam of politicians, health
professionals, religious leaders and children’s advocates are voicing
concerns about video games that are identical to the concerns raised one,
two and three generations ago with the introduction of other new media.
Most of these people have the best of intentions. They really want to
protect children from evil influences. As in the past, a few have
different agendas and are using the issue manipulatively. Unfortunately,
many of their claims are based on scanty evidence, inaccurate assumptions,
and pseudoscience. Much of the current research on violent video games is
both simplistic and agenda driven.
|Simon & Schuster (April 2008)
Behind the Scenes at the BBFC
Behind the Scenes at the BBFC: Film Classification
from the Silver Screen to the Digital Age
From promotional material:
Established by the film industry in 1912 as the
nation's only official and independent classifier of the moving image,
the British Board of Film Classification (originally the British Board
of Film Censors) has long been a source of fascination -- and sometimes
a bone of contention -- for filmgoers, filmmakers and industry figures.
This new book, published in the BBFC's centenary year, addresses
Britain's film classification history, and marks an unparalleled
collaboration between the Board and leading film critics, historians and
These writers, given unprecedented access to the
BBFC's archives, chart the organisation's history alongside the
cultural, social and political forces that have helped shape it.
Together they explore shifting public attitudes towards cinema's
portrayal of sex and drugs, horror and violence; the different
perspectives of the Board's successive leaders; the impact of
controversial decisions, and the ever-changing nature of moving image
distribution and exhibition.
The book also features unique case studies, written
by BBFC staff, focusing on significant films that have provoked debate
and controversy both within the BBFC and more widely - Battleship
Potemkin, The Snake Pit, A Clockwork Orange, Indiana Jones and the
Temple of Doom, and many more.
Behind the Scenes at the BBFC: Film Classification
from the Silver Screen to the Digital Age is an entertaining and
invaluable insight into shifts in public attitudes over the last
century, and how film classification shapes what we see on screen.
Editor: EDWARD LAMBERTI is Information Services
Manager at the BBFC.
|Palgrave Macmillan (Nov 2012)
Swingers: Female Confidential
There are an estimated one million swingers in the UK and according to
the author of a new book, the sexy pastime could become even more common
place thanks to the credit crunch.
Ashley Lister, who wrote and researched Swingers: Female Confidential,
reckons that in the coming months more people will shun expensive
restaurants and nights out in favour of cheaper pleasures.
And for many that means meeting regularly to have sex with someone other
than their partners.
Ashley says: With a recession on its way, swinging is about to go
through a boom period because it is such a cost effective way for people
to enjoy themselves and to get maximum enjoyment from minimum outlay.
Ashley spoke to students, single mums in their 20s, unemployed swingers,
top lawyers and even swinging doctors - of every age, size and shape
And he discovered that contrary to popular belief, most shun the notorious
swingers parties in favour of getting to know a small number of similar
minded people socially. Then it is simply a case of consenting adults
taking part in whatever sexual practice they desire generally, with the
full support and encouragement of their partner, husband or wife.
Ashley said: I found it riveting to talk to these people about a
subject that is normally forbidden. They really are just normal people,
it's just they have a liberated attitude towards sex. They could be your
neighbour, your boss or even the person who sits next to you at work and
you would never know. But what I enjoyed about it all was the openness
among themselves and they actually seemed empowered by what they do in
that they could state exactly what they want and just do that.
Having researched and written his insight into the world of swinging,
Ashley was only left with one question about the ever growing phenomenon -
why do women do it?
Ashley said: Nobody asked me why men did it, they seemed to understand
men would do that kind of thing for more sex, but everyone asked what
motivated women, so I decided to look into it and write Swingers:
|Virgin Books 3 Jul 2008
The Blogging Revolution
Antony Loewenstein, a Sydney-based freelance journalist and blogger,
has recently published his new book: The Blogging Revolution. This book
talks about the impact of blogging on six countries: Iran, Syria, Saudi
Arabia, Egypt, China and Cuba.
I chose the six countries in the book because they
are routinely referred to in the West as “enemies” or “allies” of
Washington and we were rarely gaining true insights into life for average
citizens, away from stories about “terrorism”. I wanted to talk to
bloggers, writers, dissidents, politicians and citizens and hear their
stories, removed from “official” perspectives.
The paperback is available at
|Melbourne University Press (Sep 2008)
Consent of the Networked:
The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom
February 2012. See article
by Rebecca MacKinnonI
n fall 2009, I sat in a large auditorium festooned with red banners and watched
as Robin Li, CEO of Baidu, China's dominant search engine, paraded onstage with
executives from 19 other companies to receive the China Internet
Self-Discipline Award. Officials from the quasi-governmental Internet
Society of China praised them for fostering harmonious and healthy Internet
development. In the Chinese regulatory context, healthy is a
euphemism for porn-free and crime-free. Harmonious implies
prevention of activity that would provoke social or political disharmony.
China's censorship system is complex and
multilayered. The outer layer is generally known as the great
firewall of China, through which hundreds of thousands of
websites are blocked from view on the Chinese Internet. What
this system means in practice is that when one goes online from
an ordinary commercial Internet connection inside China and
tries to visit a website such as hrw.org, the website belonging
to Human Rights Watch, the web browser shows an error message
saying, This page cannot be found. This blocking is
easily accomplished because the global Internet connects to the
Chinese Internet through only eight gateways, which are
easily filtered. At each gateway, as well as among all
the different Internet service providers within China, Internet
routers --- the devices that move the data back and forth
between different computer networks --- are all configured to
block long lists of website addresses and politically sensitive
The Sex Myth
The Sex Myth:
Why Everything We're Told is Wrong
April 2012. See review
There are so many myths and misunderstandings surrounding sex that I was
puzzled as to which one warranted a whole book. It turns out that Dr Brooke
Magnanti (previously known to most of us as the blogging call girl Belle de
Jour) tackles most of them. She accomplishes this heroic task with humour,
skill and passion in a book that is as entertaining as it is erudite.
Magnanti exposes the weak, even non-existent, evidence base for periodic
moral panics surrounding sex. She dissects the factoid evidence on the new
disease of sex addiction, the sexualisation of children, the way
pornography humiliates women, the dangers of porn on the internet, the evils
of prostitution and trafficking.
Her book should be required reading for all newspaper readers, and for
anyone interested in understanding how advocacy research manufactures findings that are selective,
tendentious, dishonest, even incompetent.
|W&N (May 2012) ISBN:
From Fatwa to Jihad
From Fatwa to Jihad: The Rushdie Affair and its Legacy
February 2009. See
by Kenan Malik
It was 20 years ago this month that Ayatollah Khomeini pronounced his
fatwa on Salman Rushdie. I inform all zealous Muslims of the world,
he proclaimed: that the author of the book entitled The Satanic
Verses . . . and all those involved in its publication who were aware
of its contents, are sentenced to death.
This was not just a brutally shocking act that forced Rushdie into hiding
for almost a decade; it also helped to transform the character of British
society. The Rushdie affair was the moment at which a new Islam
dramatically announced itself as a political force — and the moment when
Britain realised that it was facing a new kind of social conflict.
Muslim fury seemed to be driven not by harassment or discrimination, but
by a sense of hurt that Rushdie's words had offended their deepest
beliefs. Where did such hurt come from? How could a novel create such
outrage? Could Muslim anguish be assuaged and should it be?
UK Amazon for release on
1st April 2009
|Atlantic Books ( April 2009)
The Seduction of the Gullible
The Seduction of the Gullible: The truth
behind the video nasty scandal
Comprehensive info about the Nasties which is particularly
strong at providing lots of press cuttings giving a good feeling for the hysteria
|Stray Cat Publishing Ltd (18 Oct 2007)
XXX: a Woman's Right to
Thanks to David Alexander
written a few years back. A well argued corrective to the "radical" feminist
critique of porn. Some of your readers may be interested. It's an easy read.
|Saint Martin's Press 1997
book review from the
Sydney Morning Herald
The front cover of The Porn Report - hot-pink lettering on a
sinister black background - would seem to reinforce this sense of
pornography as something dark and dangerous.
But this is the very view with which the book effectively takes issue. In
that sense, the authors have followed the example of Alfred Kinsey and
Shere Hite, whose reports on human sexuality sought to debunk pervasive
myths, or ended up debunking them. Whether or not one agrees with their
conclusions, the fact that they've broached the subject at all is sure to
have a positive effect. Too often the debate about pornography is
commandeered by capital-letter moralists and demagogic politicians who can
always buy a few cheap votes by engineering a moral panic.
The book is based on the Understanding Pornography in Australia
research project, funded by the Australian Research Council. It begins by
placing pornography, obscenity and censorship in a historical context and
shows how the moral emphasis has shifted from protecting women and the
working class to protecting children. This is followed by a modest survey
exploring pornographic consumption (including interviews with some
respondents), a study of pornographic content and a discussion of various
ethical issues connected with the making and consumption of porn.
On the whole, the authors are fairly sanguine about the nature and effects
of porn. Indeed, I think they are rather too sanguine. For example, there
is a lengthy survey of "cottage industry" or "DIY" porn but hardly any
consideration of the seamier regions of the internet (with child
pornography an exception).
|Melbourne University Publishing (February
Peter Cushing: A Life in Film
It's extensively and meticulously researched,
focusing as much as possible on his professional life. As the title
suggests it's about his life in film more than a straight biography.
|Jill C Nelson
Golden Goddesses: 25 Legendary Women of Classic Erotic
This book is a real labor of love; a collection of
lengthy interviews and background stories behind 25 women of the golden
age. Each chapter is effectively a mini-biography, with intimate
interview responses from the women themselves and occasionally their
loved ones (as in the case of those no longer living, such as Marilyn
Chambers and Ann Perry), as well as brief analyses of significant works
by the women in question and a plethora of photos. At nearly 1000 pages,
this is no fluff piece, and Nelson's (and her publisher's) willingness
to allow the space necessary for these women to voice their experiences
- diverse, unexpected, often inspirational, sometimes sad, occasionally
unsettling - should be applauded.
FYI, the 25 women included in the project are: Ann
Perry, Barbara Mills, Georgina Spelvin, Marilyn Chambers, Roberta
Findlay, Jody Maxwell, Candida Royalle, Gloria Leonard, Rhonda Jo Petty,
Serena, Annie Sprinkle, Sex Kitten Natividad, Sharon Mitchell,
Kay Parker, Juliet Anderson, Seka, Kelly Nichols, Veronica Hart, Julia
St. Vincent, Laurie Holmes, Ginger Lynn, Amber Lynn, Christy Canyon,
Raven Touchstone, and Nina Hartley, followed by honorable mentions.
Golden Goddesses vibrantly casts light upon
twenty-five significant women involved in the erotic film industry
during its Golden Era, between the years 1968-1985 when participation in
adult productions was illegal. Profiling performers, directors,
scriptwriters and costumers, Golden Goddesses is a palate of insights,
intimacy, vulnerability and strength, as it immerses readers into the
lives of these celebrated and audacious females. Delicately crafted with
film highlights and more than 300 photos, Golden Goddesses captures the
quintessence of a rebellious spirit from days gone by.
|Anthony Nield (editor)
Cult Cinema: An Arrow Video Companion
Largely a reprint of the booklets accompanying Arrow's major
at UK Amazon
|Arrow (April 2016)ISBN: 0993306012
Wide ranging study of porn in Britain and the US
|Serpents's Tail, 1998
Porno Manifesto will change your view on porn films
Numerous people still have a lot of reservations when it comes to
watching porn films. They perceive them as something dirty and think that
they are watched only by people who are perverse and immoral. That is why we
recommend the book Porno Manifesto which was written by a French porn diva
Ovidie several years ago. Let us look at what the book is actually about and
why it might change your view on porn films and industry.
Ovidie, born in 1980 in France, a persistent feminist and a graduate in
philosophy, is convinced that porn business is good for a woman's
self-confidence and erotic films do not humiliate women. She is also
convinced that every woman should make time to enjoy her sexual life if she
wants to be a real woman. So at the beginning, Ovidie is convinced that
watching and shooting porn films is a good thing. It is these films that
raise self-confidence in women. Moreover, acting in such films turns a woman
into a real woman. Of course, this is an exaggerated statement because a
real woman does not need to prove her sexuality in that way, but Ovidie has
her own mind and speaks from her experience. The reason she speaks in such a
provocative way is that she is a porn star and she wants to enlighten women
in her own unique way.
|La Musardine Oct 2004
Labor, Migration, and Sex Trafficking in Tokyo
September 2011. See article
Illicit Flirtations: Labor, Migration, and Sex
Trafficking in Tokyo by Rhacel Parrenas offers a scholarly, sociological
portrait of Filipina hostesses and waitresses in Tokyo's red-light
districts that is clear and compelling enough for the lay reader. To
write this book, the author herself worked as a hostess in a Tokyo
In 2004, the U.S. State Department declared
Filipina hostesses in Japan the largest group of sex trafficked persons
in the world. Since receiving this global attention, the number of
hostesses entering Japan has dropped by nearly 90%, from more than
80,000 in 2004 to just over 8,000 today.
To some, this might suggest a victory for the
global anti-trafficking campaign, but Rhacel Parrenas counters that this
drastic decline which has stripped thousands of migrants of their
Parrenas worked alongside hostesses in a
working-class club in Tokyo's red-light district, serving drinks,
singing karaoke, and entertaining her customers, including members of
the yakuza, the Japanese crime syndicate. While the common assumption
has been that these hostess bars are hotbeds of sexual trafficking,
Parrenas quickly discovered a different world of working migrant women,
there by choice, and, most importantly, where none were coerced into
prostitution. But this is not to say that the hostesses were not
vulnerable in other ways.
Stanford University Press
28 Sep 2011
Welcome to Pornoland
Welcome to Pornoland! Ric Porter had a job in a
dead-end clothes store when he fell into working in the british adult
film industry, accidentally blundering into a succesful career in
movies, magazines and television. This is an amazing real-life story
that reads like a cross between Boogie Nights and Carry On!
It's 50 shades of outrageous! The book charts Ric's experiences
from working with the then unknown Ben Dover on early films through to
managing the UK's most prolific adult magazine publishing group, to
becoming a producer for British adult satellite TV and much much more,
featuring anecdotes of many well known adult and mainstream celebrities.
An amusing and insightful look at the British adult industry from the
inside. Welcome to Pornoland!
From review by Dale Bradford
This book is the story of his journey and those
readers who go along for the ride will encounter many of the most
familiar names in Britporn, including Ben Dover, Phil McCavity, Super
Marino, Big Willy's Omar, a whole host of famous porn star girlies plus
some of the movers and shakers behind the scenes. Welcome to Pornoland
also lifts the lid on aspects of the adult marketplace the public
doesn't usually get to hear about - including some of the outrageous
scams perpetrated on consumers in the industry's early days. Most
memoirs are self-serving and pretty bland, and if they do drop in a bit
of spice the names of the guilty are usually withheld - not in this one
26 Nov 2010
The Assault on Liberty
The Assault on Liberty: What went wrong with rights
January 2013: From phantom on the Melon Farmers Forum
The author labours certain points a little - not
least as he's a Tory and thus not entirely unbiased. But overall, I'd
say it's a superb analysis of certain problems with the last
government's illiberal approach.
I say certain problems as for example issues
of censorship - and other media regulation - are not at all addressed.
But I must say it's a very impressive read. Some
things one has a instinctive feel for, regarding its danger to liberty
etc, but one cannot always oneself put it into words. Raab however
At times it's heavy going. But overall I'd class
this book as one of the most worthwhile things I've read in recent
March 2009. See
by John Kampfner
The Assault on Liberty , Dominic
Raab’s lament for Britain’s lost liberal democracy should reinforce the
arguments of those already worried by the state of British human rights; and
it should make those who dismiss these concerns think again.
The roots of the problem are, according to Raab, a mix of the political
day-to-day and the philosophical underpinning of a pro-European centre-left
party. The 24-hour news culture and baying for blood of the tabloids has
meant that successive prime ministers and home secretaries have needed to
sound tough. The more crime was perceived to rise, the more ministers vowed
to do ‘whatever it takes’. This auction of fear led to antisocial behaviour
orders; the events of 9/11 in America and 7/7 at home led to a similar
trade-off of our liberties to counter the terrorist threat. So far, so
I do wonder, though, how a future Tory government would deal with these
dilemmas. Would David Cameron or his shadow justice secretary Dominic Grieve
(for whom Raab works as chief of staff) really face down the Sun and the
Daily Mail once in office? Would they put their concerns over prison
overcrowding into practice, by agreeing to early releases, or telling the
courts to take a more subtle approach to sentencing, as those perfidious
Europeans do? Somehow I doubt it.
|Fourth Estate Ltd|
Behind the Pink Curtain
Behind the Pink Curtain: The Complete
History of Japanese Sex Cinema
July 2009. See
As Jasper Sharp's excellent, exhaustive study Behind the Pink Curtain: The Complete History of Japanese Sex Cinema
makes clear. Many of the leading directors in the Japanese film industry
today, especially those who entered it after the studio system collapsed in
the early 1970s, learned their craft in the porno industry.
Sharp explains in thoroughly researched, fluently written detail, Japan's
adult film industry has long since passed its two-decade heyday, which began
with the migration of the movie audience to television and the subsequent
loosening of on-screen restrictions on sex and nudity in the 1960s, and
ended with the rise of video in the 1980s, which sent erotic films for
theatrical release into a long, irreversible decline.
In the past two decades, the adult film (as opposed to adult video) industry
has solidified — or rather fossilized — into a small circuit of specialized
theaters supplied by a small number of companies. The makers of what are now
called "pinku eiga" (pink films) have developed a rough formula that Sharp
carefully defines, but essentially amounts to a one-hour running time, with
scenes of simulated bonking tossed in every 10 minutes or so.
All in all, however, Sharp has written a monumental
work in a long-neglected field that no one will probably feel the need to
expand on significantly for years, even decades. Behind the Pink Curtain
is as close as a book comes to being a category killer.
From promotional materials:
Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs ignited fierce debate among censors,
critics and audiences on both sides of the Atlantic on its release in
1971. When Amy (Susan George) returns to her home village with her
American peacenik husband David (Dustin Hoffman), the residents of this
tight-knit Cornish community slowly turn on them. The sexual tension and
latent violence finally erupt in an explosion of violence that includes
a rape scene that has remained controversial to this day. The film was
heavily cut for theatrical release in the US, and the press inspired
furore in the UK led to several local councils cutting or banning it
outright. Later, caught in the wake of the video nasties panic of
the 1980s, Straw Dogs was refused a home-video certificate in the UK for
nearly twenty years.
Stevie Simkin's study sheds light on the film's treatment by the BBFC
and tracks its subsequent tortuous journey towards home-video release,
buffeted by various shifts in the BBFC's policy on representations of
sexual violence. But, equally importantly, Simkin provides a highly
original account of the making of the film, drawing on extensive
research in Peckinpah's archive, including analysis of draft scripts,
notes, memos and contemporary press items, as well as insights from a
number of Peckinpah's associates, and key figures at the BBFC.
Stevie Simkin is Reader in Drama and Film at the University of
Stephen Farber, Film Critic, The Hollywood Reporter:
A swift, compelling read. Thorough and scholarly
without the faintest whiff of academic stuffiness, Stevie Simkin's
study of Straw Dogs summons up the turmoil of the 1960s and 70s and
illuminates the highly charged subject of sexual violence on film.
|Palgrave Macmillan Sep 2011|
The Devil Made Me Do It
March 2009. See
by Libby Molyneaux
In 1973, short on cash and with
the rent due, a peacenik former Broadway gypsy living in Manhattan's Meat
Packing District signed on to cook for the cast and crew of a new film, The Devil in Miss Jones. She soon found herself cast in the lead role,
and her legendary erotic performance launched her on a career that would
come to define the era of Porn Chic.
This is the story of Georgina Spelvin, a poignant
and wholly bawdy memoir of her life before and after porn fame, full of
riveting anecdotes and marvelous gossip from time spent among the famous and
the infamous. With a storyteller's touch, Georgina takes us to the bright
lights of Broadway, the glamour of Manhattan's Latin Quarter, the fervor of
the Vietnam Era peace movement, and, of course, the so-called Golden Age of
Thirty years in the making and five years in the
writing, there are more laughs than tears, but no apologies or excuses. It
is not a victim's whine, but a romping good read, filled with the colorful
details of a road less traveled.
|Georginas World Inc|
Ban This Filth!
Ban This Filth!: Letters From the Mary Whitehouse
An entertaining look at the correspondence of TV's self-appointed moral
From promotional materials:
In 1964, Mary Whitehouse launched a campaign to
fight what she called the propaganda of disbelief, doubt and dirt
being poured into homes through the nation's radio and television sets.
Whitehouse, senior mistress at a Shropshire secondary school, became the
unlikely figurehead of a mass movement: the National Viewers' and
For almost forty years, she kept up the fight
against the programme makers, politicians, pop stars and playwrights who
she felt were dragging British culture into a sewer of blasphemy and
From Dr Who ('Teatime brutality for tots') to Dennis
Potter (whose mother sued her for libel and won) to the Beatles - (whose
Magical Mystery Tour escaped her intervention by the skin of its
psychedelic teeth) - the list of Mary Whitehouse's targets will read to
some like a nostalgic roll of honour.
Caricatured while she lived as a figure of
middle-brow reaction, Mary Whitehouse was held in contempt by the
country's intellectual elite. But were some of the dangers she warned of
more real than they imagined?
Ben Thompson's selection of material from her
extraordinary archive shows Mary Whitehouse's legacy in a startling new
From her exquisitely testy exchanges with successive
BBC Directors General, to the anguished screeds penned by her television
and radio vigilantes, these letters reveal a complex and combative
individual, whose anxieties about culture and morality are often eerily
relevant to the age of the internet.
|Faber and Faber (Nov 2012)|
Subversive Horror Cinema
Countercultural Messages of Films from Frankenstein to the Present
Horror cinema flourishes in times of ideological
crisis and national trauma--the Great Depression, the Cold War, the
Vietnam era, post-9/11; this book argues that a succession of filmmakers
working in horror--from James Whale to Sylvia Soska--have used the
genre, and the shock value it affords, to challenge the status quo
during these times. Spanning the decades from the 1930s onwards this
critical text examines the work of producers and directors as varied as
George A. Romero, Pete Walker, Michael Reeves, Herman Cohen, Wes Craven
and Brian Yuzna--and the ways in which films like Frankenstein (1931),
Cat People (1942), The Woman (2011) and American Mary (2012) can be
|McFarland & Co (Mar 2014)|
Bound and Gagged
Bound and Gagged: The Secret History of Obscenity
I have just finished reading Alan Travis' book and found it
an excellent read. The majority of the book is about book burning from the 20's up to and
including the 60's. It provides a fine illustration of how a few mad Home Secretaries,
Public Prosectors and Customs could so successfully keep the Home Office furnaces well
fired with fine literature. During this period, the authorities maintained a secret list
of a 1000 books that were liable to burning. Roy Jenkins comes out of it heroicially as he
added a defence to the Obscene Publications Act allowing literature to be exempted. This
was the begining of the end of book censorship in the UK
at UK Amazon
|Profile Books Ltd,
|Jim Trombetta & R Spiel
The Horror! the
The Horror! the
Horror!: Comic Books the Government Didn't Want You to Read!
December 2010. See review
The book is 300-plus pages of horrific cover images
culled from comic classics like Space Western featuring Spurs Jackson
and his Space Vigilantes and Famous Authors Illustrated featuring
Shakespeare's MacBeth. (OK, most of the images are from books like Weird Terror,
City of the Living Dead, Startling Terror Tales
and the like. But, come on! Spurs Jackson!)
In addition to the covers, there are selected
panels and pages from the purple prosed pulp pamphlets, as well as more than
a dozen complete stories of murder and mayhem from the 1950s. (I had only
come across one of these stories, Basil Wolverton's Brain Bats of Venus
before this book. It's a neat one to have.)
Interspersed throughout the garish eye candy are
Trombetta's notes on how our [US] government wanted to shut down the crime
and horror comics of the time. He also details the creation of the Comics
Code Authority as a last ditch effort to save the industry. Essentially, the
Code took out any element that made the books interesting. You couldn't even
have the word Crime on a cover. The tales of censorship, manipulation
and outright lies about comics as a medium are scarier than the comics
The book comes with a DVD of a 1955 news show,
Confidential File, dealing with the comic book menace, and how it was
the source of juvenile delinquency, back in the day. Or so they said.
|Abrams ComicArts November 2010 ISBN:
The Life and Times of Paul Raymond
September 2010. See article
by Paul Willetts:
For all Paul Raymond's manifest
faults and unappealing characteristics, I began to see him as an
unexpectedly heroic figure. There was something admirable about the dogged
yet stylish way in which he challenged the authorities and the old, often
hypocritical assumptions. His first major brush with controversy came in
April 1958 when he opened the Revuebar, located in the heart of Soho, an
area traditionally associated with the commercial exploitation of sex. Among
Britain's first strip-clubs, it cunningly sidestepped the rules on nudes
having to remain static. Raymond did so by making the Revuebar a private
members' club instead of a conventional theatre. Since the delights of
striptease had hitherto been almost inaccessible, his club attracted a
sizeable membership list before it had even opened. Its popularity was
destined to bring him into conflict with the Metropolitan Police's Clubs
Office which sought a pretext to close down the Revuebar.
Through his battle with the authorities, which
continued for well over a decade, Raymond played a pivotal but largely
unacknowledged role in the erosion of stifling censorship and the
establishment of the so-called Permissive Society in Britain during
the late 1960s and early 1970s. Motivated by commercial self-interest that
masqueraded as staunch libertarian principle, he challenged the police,
judiciary and press. Successive court cases, one of which could have led to
him being gaoled, enabled him to push the skin trade — be it strip-shows,
magazines or theatre shows — from the margins into the mainstream.
|Serpent's Tail: Aug 2010
Secrecy and the
Secrecy and the
Media The Official History of the D-notice System:
June 2009. See
The official history of the D notice system, the
voluntary self-censorship arrangement between the media and Whitehall, has
just been published - though, ironically, only after five chapters had been
The history, written by Rear Admiral Nicholas
Wilkinson, one of the more enlightened past secretaries of the Committee,
provides telling insights into the relationships between editors and
Britain's defence, security and intelligence establishment. The voluntary
nature of the D notice system - it has no legal status - meant that personal
friendships were crucial. Some would say they still are.
Plans are afoot to publish the full history -
including the past 12 years - as soon as Labour is out of power.
Self-censorship acts in mysterious ways.
|Routledge (May 2009)
The Rushdie Fatwa and After
A Lesson to the Circumspect
This is not the first account of how the
Satanic Verses affair came about, but it is by far the most wide-ranging
and best informed. It also includes equally authoritative accounts of
numerous subsequent incidents such as the murder of the Dutch film-maker
Theo van Gogh and the Danish cartoons controversy, which, it is
convincingly argued here, need to be seen as ramifications of the Salman
Rushdie case. But this is far more than simply a recital of the facts,
richly detailed and highly informative though it most certainly is in
this respect. For what we also have here is a resounding defence of the
principles of free expression, not in the debased, self-interested and
ill-informed manner in which the British press habitually defends its
'right' to do as it damn well pleases, but in highly sophisticated
philosophical terms. This is a key contribution to the debate not only
on the right to free expression, including the right to offend, but on
media freedom in general in the post-Leveson era. - Julian Petley,
Brunel University, UK
|Palgrave Macmillan (June 5, 2014)
Film Censorship Explored
It's not the Sex, it's the Violence:
Film Censorship Explored
Enid Wistrich was the liberal chairman of
London's GLC Film
Viewing Board in the mid-70s
Found to be an illuminating read, especially regarding the
lengths Mary Whitehouse and friends will go to prevent a film being shown, although the
book is now a bit outdated