Item description for 9 1/2 Years Behind the Green Door: A Mitchell Brothers Stripper Remembers her Lover Artie Mitchell, Hunter S. Thompson, and the Killing that Rocked San Francisco by Simone Corday...
It's the 80's just before the advent of AIDS, and we are behind the scenes at the entrancing Mitchell Brothers O'Farrell Theater, which gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson has declared to be "the Carnegie Hall of public sex in America." The theater and its steamy live shows are a countercultural venue for celebrities in entertainment and sports, and for San Francisco politicians and journalists. They are drawn by the beautiful strippers and the backroom hospitality of their outrageous porn king hosts, Artie and Jim Mitchell-who directed the groundbreaking porn film, Behind the Green Door, starring Marilyn Chambers. Simone Corday, who danced at the O'Farrell and was a girlfriend of the late Artie Mitchell for nearly a decade, shares her unique story and her insights. She is the only woman insider to write about this insular but captivating world during this period, when she was close to the impulsive Mitchells, and a friend of the O'Farrell's honorary Night Manager, Hunter Thompson. Corday's unusual background of having an MA in English, along with her honesty, irreverent sense of humor, and keen focus as an observer, make this a delicious expose. Corday gives a vivid account of three Mitchell Brothers films she took part in. They include the disastrous Behind the Green Door, The Sequel, a grandiose safe-sex epic with characters from Greek mythology, and their documentary on Hunter Thompson, titled The Crazy Never Die. She shares memories of her unconventional, passionate relationship with "Party Artie" Mitchell. His affectionate personal and domestic side, along with his love for his children, are remembered fondly. His taste for cocaine and advancing alcoholism-that led him to disappear on binges with a succession of young dancers-is also recaptured, as well as his volatile temper, his impish sense of fun, and his charismatic, macho persona. 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 relationship with a notorious club owner. 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 heartbreaking visit to Artie's grave a few short years later, this is a sensational ride. To learn more about the book or contact the author, please visit the author's website www.greendoorbook.com
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 1" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date Nov 15, 2007
Publisher Mill City Press, Inc.
ISBN 1934248622 ISBN13 9781934248621
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Extraordinarily Intimate Mar 11, 2008
Simone Corday not only provides intimate details about working at the O'Farrell Theater, she kept track of conversations between she and her long-time lover Artie Mitchell, and her compadre Hunter S. Thompson in journals.
In her memoir, you are like a fly on the wall, drinking in so many delicious details about her life with these over-the-top counterculture icons.
It's a sensual, emotional page turner. You won't want to put it down, and then you will be crying out for more, lingering on that final page, and searching for old Mitchell Brothers' films to get more glimpses on her extraordinary life.
She Was There Jan 2, 2008
An absolutely unmissable read for anyone interested in this bizarre story of two brothers who had the world on a string and then stuck a pin in it.
Realistic, Heartfelt, Sexy, and Searing Nov 30, 2007
For a realistic, hearfelt look at what it was like to dance at an infamous strip club, have a long love affair with porn king Artie Mitchell, and hang out with Hunter Thompson, this is the book to read! Full of uncanny detail, Corday's story is affectionate, funny, sexy, and a real page-turner. With a searing account of Artie's slaying by his brother Jim and the motives behind it, the murder trial which cost him $1.3 million, and the political connections that helped him get off with serving just 3 years at San Quentin.
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