Item description for Sin-A-Rama: Sleaze Sex Paperbacks of the Sixties by Brittany A. Daley, Hedi El Kholti & Earl Kemp...
Sin-A-Rama celebrates the forgotten world of erotic paperbacks from the 1960s, when sex acts were described with code words, writers used pseudonyms, and publishers hid behind mail drop addresses. Sleaze paperbacks sold by the million throughout the decade. Their unorthodox content and inroads into the marketplace provoked new laws, FBI investigations, high-pitched court battles, and prison sentences for the crime of obscenity. Earl Kemp, the notorious Greenleaf Books editor, provides an insider's perspective, profiling famous and little-known co-workers. In "My Life as a Pornographer," science fiction legend Robert Silverberg divulges how he and other famous authors learned their craft and earned their keep pounding out softcore sin. The bizarre glories of cover artists Robert Bonfils, Gene Bilbrew, Eric Stanton, Paul Rader, Ed Smith, Bill Ward, and Doug Weaver are seen throughout in lurid color. This is the first book-length exploration into a shadowy but revolutionary industry. A useful appendix reveals the actual names behind the pseudonyms, and catalogues both established and fly-by-night sleaze operators.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 6.75" Height: 10.25" Weight: 2.15 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2004
Publisher Feral House
ISBN 1932595058 ISBN13 9781932595055
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More About Brittany A. Daley, Hedi El Kholti & Earl Kemp
Jay A. Gertzman, professor emeritus of English at Mansfield University, is author of three books, including "Bookleggers and Smuthounds: The Trade in Erotica, 1920-1940".
Reviews - What do customers think about Sin-A-Rama: Sleaze Sex Paperbacks of the Sixties?
Try And Find them at a reasonable price Mar 22, 2006
287 pages which include hundreds and hundreds of cover scans,A four page listing of pseudonyms and a comprehensive history of these books The authors, the artists and the publishers. There were 30 to 40 thousand copies of each book published. Now try to find one for under 20 bucks....
Trashy Fun Nov 22, 2005
Campy, trashy, bad, tacky, sleazy... this should appeal to anyone that loves John Waters movies or similar cultural underbelly fare. A big, thick book of fun NOT for the entire family. The text is as interestingly funny as the covers. Sure, it's sexist in the extreme, but we just didn't know better back then, now did we? This totally appeals to the sense of iconic, nostalgic and retro sex and anyone that still thinks "the jerk" is a still cool dance to do and girlwatcher sunglasses are de riguer will love this book. I've bought it for 2 people so far and they can't keep their friends hands off of them... a great FUN gift idea that keeps on giving and making you laugh out loud with every page turn.
Sleaze by the million May 15, 2005
It soon becomes apparent when reading the first few chapters of this interesting book that in this tiny part of the publishing industry were an equally small number of people (mostly males, obviously) yet they were responsible for producing millions of trash paperbacks that sold in the Fifties, Sixties and early Seventies. This book is a celebration of their endeavours.
Because of the very competitive arena in which these publishers worked, with twenty or more new titles each month the covers were the main selling point and the three hundred plus reproduced in this book show that you don't mess with a successful formulae. They had to show a female (unless it was for the gay market) as provocatively posed as possible with a two or three word title to complete the package. It has to be said though that the quality of these illustrations is pretty poor which only makes the work of one or two artists really stand out. Robert Bonfils, in particular, consistently turned out quality art and sleaze artists like Stanton, Bilbrew and Bill Ward were made for this market. No cover design could be too tacky for this publishing genre.
The bulk of the book are the cover reproductions (each with date, publisher, author and artist credits) with several short essays in the front. The two about soft core publishing on the East and West coasts were interesting because they actually explain the background to the publishers and more importantly how the books were distributed through the network of adult book stores in most cities and towns. The back has a useful list of publishers and authors pseudonyms. I was slightly disappointed with the books production though, there is no real page design, paragraphs are excessively long and columns just fall short because no one bothered to make adjustments to the picture sizes to compensate. Despite this 'Sin-a-rama' will probably be the only book to comprehensively cover the publishing world of paperback sleaze.
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An eye-opening visual survey Feb 5, 2005
Sin-A-Rama: Sleaze Sex Paperbacks of the Sixties is a full-color gallery of paperback cover artwork from "sleazy" sex-themed paperback books of the 1960's. An introduction surveys the industry and history behind such publications, but most of the text within Sin-A-Rama consists of excerpts from the paperbacks themselves. The covers, done in the realism style with muted shades so common in the 60's, are often quite revealing; bare breasts and nipples are not uncommon, as are a number of kinky, if exaggerated situations. An eye-opening visual survey of the sensuality marketed to popular American culture during the era of the sexual revolution.
Great historical & pictorial depiction of sleaze paperbacks! Jan 21, 2005
Sin-A-Rama is the only book on this subject on the market today. Sure, there have been plenty of books discussing the 1940's/1950's pulp paperbacks (sci fi, mystery, etc titles) but this is the only one thus far to delve into the realm of the taboo world of 1960's sleaze paperbacks! The editors do a wonderful job constructing the historical basis for these lurid gems, while also providing the reader with pages and pages of full-color pictures of these naughty novels. The book features great articles by Jay A. Gertzman, Brittany A. Daley, Earl Kemp, and Steve Gertz to name a few. Furthermore, the book features excellent reference material at the back including lists of pen names by Earl Kemp and a publisher's catalog by Brittany A. Daley. The book is also littered with interesting quotes from these rule-breaking books. I would highly advise readers to seek out this book! Oh and I don't know if this site.com's personnel ever reads these reviews but there is an error on this book's order page. The editor list is incorrect as the editors were actually (as listed on the back of the book): Brittany A. Daley, Hedi El Kholti, Earl Kemp, Miriam Linna, and Adam Parfrey.