Seven Dirty Words

Seven Dirty Words

The Life and Crimes of George Carlin

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Baker & Taylor
Examines George Carlin's body of comedic work as it pertained to its cultural times and the man who created it and chronicles the controversial funny man's rise from run-of-the-mill standup to subversive comic genius.

Perseus Publishing
Journalist and cultural critic James Sullivan tells the story of Alternative America from the 1950s to the present in this definitive biography of the Catholic boy for whom nothing was sacred: George Carlin.Seven Dirty Words is a hilarious and insightful read, documenting the life and art of the legendary comic, provocateur, and social critic who fearlessly questioned the American way of life through the words we use.

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


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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. This critical biography is an insightful (and 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 a more-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. This is the definitive biography of an American master who changed the world, and also a work of cultural commentary which frames his extraordinary legacy.--From publisher description.
Examines George Carlin's body of comedic work as it pertained to its cultural times and the man who created it and chronicles the controversial funny man's rise from run-of-the-mill standup to subversive comic genius. Reprint.
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. This critical biography is an insightful (and 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 a more-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. This is the definitive biography of an American master who changed the world, and also a work of cultural commentary which frames his extraordinary legacy.--From publisher description.nd 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 a more-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. This is the definitive biography of an American master who changed the world, and also a work of cultural commentary which frames his extraordinary legacy.--From publisher description.

Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, c2010
ISBN: 9780306819698
9780306818295
0306818299
Branch Call Number: Biography C1942s
Characteristics: 261 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: 7 dirty words

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nouanda
Jan 27, 2011

I like George Carlin a lot he's the father of stand up comedians, but this book is full of name droping and it gets annoying ! There is an interesting part on the story around the first Saturday Night Live show though.

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