Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry

Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry


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Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry by Legs McNeil, Jennifer Osborne, Peter Pavia

As seen in Vanity Fair: A rollicking, funny, raunchy, and moving oral history of the adult film industry–from Deep Throat through today.

As a recent New York Times Magazine cover story pointed out to average Americans, the adult film industry is a $10 billion–per–year business. It has infiltrated the American mainstream, with its stars showing up as mainstream TV hosts, making guest appearances in Hollywood feature films, and gracing the CD covers–and arms–of rock stars and Hollywood actors alike. But what most people don't know is how the porn industry got started–with a $22,000 Mafia investment in a film called Deep Throat–or how it mushroomed over the next quarter–century despite efforts by politicians, the FBI, and others to bring it down.

The Other Hollywood tells that story, through hundreds of interviews by the people who lived through it. In the riveting oral–history format that made his first book, Please Kill Me, one of the most memorable accounts of 1970s underground culture, Legs McNeil now pulls back the grimy satin sheets on one of the most astounding success stories in the history of American business. Careening back and forth between two groups–the actresses, directors, and others who made the films and the shady underworld figures who financed them–The Other Hollywood offers scores of never–before–told stories, all in the voices of those who lived them.

Witty, always compelling, and ultimately moving, The Other Hollywood is a Hollywood Babylon for today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060096595
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/15/2005
Pages: 640
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Legs McNeil is the coauthor of Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, a book widely hailed as a classic of its kind. A founder of the seminal magazine that gave punk its name, he is a former editor at Spin and Nerve, and wrote Marilyn Chambers's comeback film, Still Insatiable. He lives in Pennsylvania.

Jennifer Osborne is a journalist and researcher who lives in Los Angeles.

Peter Pavia is a freelance writer who lives in New York City.

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Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am only 3/4 of the way thru this book while writing this review but WOW what a book. For anyone with an interest / curiosity in the other side of Hollywood, this book is an in depth look and quite the attention holder! It is a straight to the facts book. A great read by far!!!
Wiz74 More than 1 year ago
If you ever wondered what went on behind the scenes of the porn industry and it's history in the U.S., this is the book for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Basically, if you're loooking for titillation, you have the wrong book. It is a no-holds-barred history of the pornographic film industry, and what it does not cover is probably not important: from the beginnings of the porn industry ('Deep Throat' and organized crime) to the New York pornographic industry to the California assembly line pornography. Also covered in detail are the Wonderland Murders and the changing nature of the business. An excellently researched book, filled with interesting, and sometimes frightening, revelations of a fascinating industry.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I did not think, at first, that this book would hold my interest for more than a month or two. I STAND CORRECTED! Everything about this book captivated me. The front cover! The back cover! The text! This book will stay in my water closet for many, many days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This captivating book enthralled me. It brought me to new heights...literally. I loved it. I can't wait for my own movie to be made as I am an active sexual person.