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
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.

On the heels of George Carlin’s bestselling memoir, Last Words, the definitive chronicle of the life and art of the legendary comic, provocateur, and social critic


Book News
Standup comedian Carlin (1937-2008) is perhaps best remembered for his taboo-breaking shtik about the "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television," for which he was arrested in 1972. Journalist/culture critic Sullivan (Boston Globe contributor) traces his tumultuous life, comedic evolution and legacy as a counterculture icon, and his role in battles over censorship that led to a landmark Supreme Court decision on broadcast indecency. The book includes photos of Carlin throughout his career. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell Publishing
George Carlin's comic material represents the most enduring legacy of the countercultural revolution of the 1960s. If acid rock, Victorian clothing, Aquarian spirituality, and radical pranksterism have all fallen by the wayside as musty reminders of the hippie heyday, Carlin came to embody the indefatigable questioning of authority that was the true legacy of the 1960s.

In Seven Dirty Words, journalist and cultural critic James Sullivan tells the story of an 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 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. Seven Dirty Words is the definitive biography of an American master who changed the world, and also a work of cultural commentary that frames George Carlin's extraordinary legacy.

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.

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

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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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