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9 1/2 Years Behind the Green Door, A Memoir
     

9 1/2 Years Behind the Green Door, A Memoir

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by Simone Corday
 
"Corday's book is a delicious page turner." --Tristan Taormino, The Village Voice

"the book offers a wealth of lurid and surreal anecdotes. . . . In what other setting could Thompson turn out to be the most level headed character." -- San Francisco Magazine

"You've probably imagined her in your Hunter S. Thompson dreams: a sexy, unpredictable, brainy

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"Corday's book is a delicious page turner." --Tristan Taormino, The Village Voice

"the book offers a wealth of lurid and surreal anecdotes. . . . In what other setting could Thompson turn out to be the most level headed character." -- San Francisco Magazine

"You've probably imagined her in your Hunter S. Thompson dreams: a sexy, unpredictable, brainy absurdist able to keep up with the drug-fueled antics of pornographers while also maintaining a serene humanity. Simone Corday is this woman. In her memoir, 9 1/2 Years Behind the Green Door, she describes life with the infamous Mitchell brothers when she danced and caroused at their peepshow theater in the 1980s. In the book, which is largely dedicated to describing her relationship with lover Artie Mitchell, she's often naked or making regular visitor Thompson giggle by chasing men around the strip joint in a gorilla suit. She also pontificates hilariously on hypocritical moralists and the pain they feel because of the success of the theater and those famous films. At a recent reading, her complete lack of bitterness, heartbreak, or regret were evident, and her genuine love of San Francisco, sex, and honesty made the stories even funnier. In the end, she writes on her Web site, "I bought the ticket, and it was a spectacular ride."-- Hiya Swanhuyser, San Francisco Weekly

"Hunter S. Thompson a friend of the Mitchell brothers drifts in and out of this story. Reading it I can imagine him bounding around with his usual bow-legged gait, doing what he did best - plamasing everyone in sight, looking like he owned the place. He was at O'Farrell to do research for a Playboy article (which was never published.) He was dubbed "Night Manager" A title I`m sure he relished. He loved being around people, he loved to enjoy himself with the help of whatever substance happened to be around, and where better than O'Farrell Theatre. . . Even though Hunter's presence in the story is a selling point, that doesn't mean the book can't stand alone without him. It's a fascinating and sometimes disturbing account of a unique partnership ending in devastating circumstances, with little justice."--Martin Flynn, Hunter S. Thompson Books, hstbooks.org

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012630810
Publisher:
eBookIt.com
Publication date:
02/04/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
363
Sales rank:
1,098,832
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Simone Corday was a girlfriend of the late porn king Artie Mitchell for nearly a decade. Artie co-owned the notorious Mitchell Brothers O'Farrell Theater in San Francisco with his brother, Jim Mitchell. In the 80s Corday was a performer at this theater, which gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson declared to be "the Carnegie Hall of public sex in America." During the era when Corday danced there and became friends with Hunter Thompson, the Mitchell Brothers theater had a counter-cultural mystique that attracted celebrities in entertainment and sports, San Francisco politicians, and journalists. They were drawn by the beautiful strippers and by the backroom hospitality of their outrageous hosts, who also produced and directed the groundbreaking porn film, "Behind the Green Door," starring Marilyn Chambers.

Before becoming a dancer, Corday earned an M.A. in English. Having kept a journal of the years she spent in the world of the Mitchell brothers, she is the only woman insider to write a memoir and expose about this insular but captivating world. Her unusual background along with her honesty, irreverent sense of humor, and keen focus as an observer make this a delicious expose.

Corday sheds light on Jim Mitchell's motives for shooting Art to death, and on the murder trial that follows. She reflects on her experience in the sex industry, and on her unconventional, passionate relationship with a notorious club owner. She gives vivid accounts of her experiences performing in 3 films made by the Mitchells, including their documentary on Hunter Thompson, called "The Crazy Never Die." From the fun she had performing in the O'Farrell's spotlight as the theater's nemesis, then-San Francisco mayor Dianne Feinstein, to her hearbreak visiting Artie's grave a few short years later, this is a sensational ride.

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9 1/2 Years Behind the Green Door, A Memoir 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good time lapse..