Sin-a-Rama by Adam Parfrey
Expanded Edition: Sleaze Sex Paperbacks of the Sixties

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The days of the softcore sleaze are over, but that doesn't mean the era isn't worthy of a thoughtful literary and aesthetic investigation. Sin-a-Rama provides this kind of investigation, complete with legitimate academic apparatus.
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"In this entertaining and still-stimulating collection, the ways in which the various authors dealt with their work emerge with radical variety, just as different individuals treat their more basic instincts." —David Cotner, LA Weekly

Contributions by Stephen J. Gertz, Jay A. Gertzman, John Gilmore, Michael Hemmingson, Lydia Lunch, Lynn Munroe, and Robert Silverberg.

Sin-A-Rama celebrates the near-forgotten world of erotic paperbacks from the 1960s when sex acts were described with code words, writers used pseudonyms, and publishers hid behind mail drop addresses.

Sleaze paperbacks sold by the million, and their unorthodox content provoked FBI investigations, court battles, and prison sentences for the crime of "obscenity." Earl Kemp, the notorious Greenleaf Books editor, provides an insider's perspective. In "My Life as a Pornographer," science fiction legend Robert Silverberg divulges how he and other authors learned their sleaze craft.

The bizarre glories of cover artists Robert Bonfils, Gene Bilbrew, Eric Stanton, Bill Ward and others are seen throughout in lurid color. A useful appendix reveals the actual names behind the pseudonyms, revealing both the established and fly-by-night sleaze paperback operators.

The new expanded edition includes B. Astrid Daley's profiles on "Occult Sleaze," "Swinging Sleaze," and the tawdry taboo stuff that sleaze literature fell into during the 1970s.

 

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B. Astrid Daley: Graduate degrees in law, business, and psychology. Interests include: taboo topics and subcultures. Author of “Swap Confidential: Swinging in Popular Culture” Maintains www.thoughtopian.com, a website centered around positive psychology and mysticism.B. Astrid Daley: Graduate degrees in law, business, and psychology. Interests include: taboo topics and subcultures. Author of “Swap Confidential: Swinging in Popular Culture” Maintains www.thoughtopian.com, a website centered around positive psychology and mysticism.
 
Published June 14, 2016 by Feral House. 328 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography.
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Reviewed by Karl Wolff on Jul 22 2016

The days of the softcore sleaze are over, but that doesn't mean the era isn't worthy of a thoughtful literary and aesthetic investigation. Sin-a-Rama provides this kind of investigation, complete with legitimate academic apparatus.

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