Gentleman of Leisure by Bob Adelman
A Year in the Life of a Pimp

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"The term is pimp, but I don't use it. I'm a professional gentleman of leisure. And I make more money than the president."
—Silky

Every city-dweller has seen them, and ever city-dweller could list the telltale signs: the fur, the gold, the hats, the cars. They are the original macks, the original players. They are Big City pimps—the heroes of gangsta rap. Bob Adelman and Susan Hall dive headlong into their world in the classic investigative docudrama Gentleman of Leisure: A Year in the Life of a Pimp, an in-depth exploration of the underworld figures that populate our streets at night. The first book of its kind, Gentleman of Leisure, originally published in 1972 and now reproduced in a facsimile edition, is a collection of photographs and interviews dramatically documenting the private life of a pimp and his prostitutes. The people who appear in this book are not models: they are real people with real lives. Only their names have been changed to protect the guilty, their stories are real.

Armed only with a camera and a tape recorder, Adelman and Hall entered the lives of the pimp Silky and his women. What they found flew in the face of prevailing prejudices: stripped of stereotype and myth, the pimps and whores that shared their tales were complex people embroiled in romantic dramas, with a code of behavior as intricate as the Mafia’s, and a defined sense of self.

This stunning exposé of Silky and his ladies —Lois, Linda, Kitty, Tracey, and Sandy— explains the passionate bond between a pimp and his "ho's"; why shrewd, street-smart working girls find glamour in their lives and choose to give all their money to their pimp; and why they stay with him through incarcerations, despite their jealousies, the burden of their work, and even occasional beatings. You learn how a square girl is “turned out” to be a ho and a pimp’s “wife.” You visit the pimp’s tailor and see the source of his fly applejack hats and his mink coats—the tools of his game. You spend evenings at family parties: one man and his many wives. You learn from his wives how this pimp commands such passionate devotion, and arouses jealousy and rebellion in the girls. He explains his game. This is a true story. The secret, intimate, and private world of a pimp and his whores is revealed, cinema verité–style, in Gentleman of Leisure.
 

About Bob Adelman

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Ellen Jong picked up her first camera in her senior year at Bronx High School of Science, in her hometown of New York City. Jong's work has been published in Vogue, in Style, Surface, Anthem, and The Fader, and has been exhibited at Art Basel Miami Beach, the:artist:network, Mynt Ultra Lounge, Milk Studios, and Deitch Projects. Most recently, her artistic experiments in multi-media and interactive installation have appeared in the Scope Art Fair NY in 2005. Jong lives and works in New York City. Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D., is a one-of-a-kind sex expert. Over the past thirty years, she has starred in hundreds of erotic films and worked as a pinup model, erotic photographer, and sex film director. For more than a decade, she has worked primarily as a sex-life coach and conducted lectures and workshops at museums, universities, and wellness centers around the world.
 
Published January 1, 2000 by Power House Books. 192 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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""The term is pimp, but I don't use it...I'm a professional gentleman of leisure."" So begins the introduction to Silky, a self-made buyer, owner and seller of women who, when these interviews took place in 1972, claimed to ""make more money than the President of the United States."" He, along wi...

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