Sexplosion: From Andy Warhol to A Clockwork Orange-- How a Generation of Pop Rebels Broke All the Taboos

Sexplosion: From Andy Warhol to A Clockwork Orange-- How a Generation of Pop Rebels Broke All the Taboos

by 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062088345
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/04/2014
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction: 1966 and 1967, Caution xiii

1 Winter 1968, Guts 1

2 Spring 1968, Partners 33

3 Summer 1968, Politics 57

4 Autumn 1968, Revelry 79

5 Winter 1969, Bonanza 95

6 Spring 1969, Fetishes 111

7 Summer 1969, Revolution 131

8 Autumn 1969, Trauma 141

9 Winter 1970, Outrage 163

10 Spring 1970, Kisses 171

11 Summer 1970, Retreat 181

12 Autumn 1970, Arrests 197

13 1971, Fatigue 213

14 1972, Frenzy 249

15 Winter 1973, Backlash 271

Epilogue: Spring 1973 and Beyond, Finales 281

Acknowledgments 293

Bibliography 295

Notes 303

Index 329

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