Seven Dirty Words: The Life and Crimes of George Carlin

Seven Dirty Words: The Life and Crimes of George Carlin

by James Sullivan
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Seven Dirty Words: The Life and Crimes of George Carlin by James Sullivan

In Seven Dirty Words, journalist and cultural critic James Sullivan tells the story of Alternative America from the 1950s to the present, from the singular vantage point of George Carlin, the Catholic boy for whom nothing was sacred. A critical biography, Seven Dirty Words is an insightful (and, of course, hilarious) examination of Carlin's body of work as it pertained to its cultural times and the man who created it, from his early days as amore-or-less conventional comedian to his stunning transformation into the subversive comedic voice of the emerging counterculture. Sullivan also chronicles Carlin's struggles with censorship and drugs, as well as the full-blown renaissance he experienced in the 1990s, both personally and professionally, when he became an elder statesman to a younger generation of comics who revered him. Seven Dirty Words is nothing less than the definitive biography of an American master who changed the world, and also a work of cultural commentary which frames George Carlin's extraordinary legacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786745920
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 06/08/2010
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 126,777
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

James Sullivan is a regular contributor to the Boston Globe. He previously served as the pop music and culture critic at the San Francisco Chronicle and has written for Rolling Stone and many other publications.

Table of Contents

Warm-up 1

1 Heavy Mysteries 7

2 Class Clown 25

3 Attracting Attention 51

4 Values (How Much is That Dog Crap in the Window?) 75

5 The Confessional 97

6 Special Dispensation 121

7 Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television 143

8 Wasted Time 167

9 America the Beautiful 189

10 Squeamish 205

Kicker 231

Notes 235

Acknowledgments 247

Index 249

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"Sullivan convincingly makes the case that for 50 years Carlin 'may well have produced more laughs than any other human being.'" —-Dwight Garner, The New York Times

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Seven Dirty Words: The Life and Crimes of George Carlin 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
I love George Carlin! He was the first comic that I ever actually searched out his performances on tape and TV. I saw him perform live and loved it. So, as you can imagine the idea of this book really appealed to me. Sadly it reads like a Wikipedia entry. The man was so funny but this book made me laugh once. It was so poorly paced and bland that is was depressing. Overall this is a travesty to the man’s legacy and the writer who I won’t even name should be ashamed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book started off well but unfortunately it became boring at the halfway point. It's not the topic but the writing style.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The cover looks like Mr. Carlin is sniffing his fingertips to see (smell?) what smegma smells like, and not liking it!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining