From Susie Bright
Dearest Pal, Comrade, Movie-Lover,
I have a new book out– all about old-school porn and the erotic video revolution. Roger Ebert just tweeted about it over the weekend, so I’m on Cloud 9!
The Erotic Screen, Vol. 1:
It’s a live history of erotic cinema before the Internet– from the Golden Age of hardcore, to the video-inspired Porno-Spring, initiated by none other than punk, feminist, and lesbian video-makers.
I’m so curious to hear your reactions.
Here’s the introduction: “Birth of a Blue Movie Critic.”
And here’s the “Table of Contents.”
If you are:
a) Crazy for movies,
b) Fascinated with the overlap of Hollywood, Indies, and Blue Cinema,
c) An aficionado of erotic director and porn star history, or,
d) Interested in the nature of sex work on film;
–You’ll go cuckoo for the whole thing.
This first volume includes all my stories on blue movies and the porn biz, covering 1967-1989.
There’s my original “X-Rated Advisor” columns from Penthouse Forum, my killed story about the history of Jim Crow in the Adult Industry, plus uncommonly candid interviews from the 1980s with legendary artists like Russ Meyer, John Leslie, Sharon Mitchell, Jeannie Pepper, Christopher Rage… and many more.
The bizarre beginnings of How-To Sex Videos, the unexpected taboos of erotic foreign cinema, the punk nationalist “Tampon Tango!” from Japan, The Last of Traci Lords, The Eve of John Holmes’ Departure, and the last frickin’ word on “What Women Want.”
I list my blue-movie favorites, (both X and R-rated), I analyze the never-spoken realities behind a porn shoot, describe the invention of the “Blatant Lesbian Image”– plus answer dozens of fan questions with panache and detail! Finally, you might like to watch this video of me recounting the improbable story how I ended up with a notebook in my hand at the Pussycat Theater…http://theendofbeing.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/MCON_-vid4_-On-Becoming-an-Erotic-Film-Critic-for-Penthouse.flv
When you finish reading it, I’d love to hear your review– on your blog, on Amazon, Good-Reads, wherever you write your opinions. Please do send me the link so I can write you back! And you can always email me any feedback you may have…
My new books always give me a nice reason to check in with you, so please do feel free to write me back with whatever’s on your mind. I’d love to catch up.
All my best, and Clits Up!
There’s no paperback edition. The benefit of an e-book is that all the chapters are linked to videos, illustrations, and bio material that are ideal for reading on your computer or your e-book reader, iPad, etc. Enjoy! You don’t need a special device to read a Kindle book; they look great on any normal computer or cell-phone…. I promise.