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Seven dirty words
Sullivan, James

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Seven dirty words
the life and crimes of George Carlin
1st Da Capo Press ed.
James Sullivan

Published 2010 by Da Capo Press in Cambridge, MA .
Written in English.

About the Book

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.

Table of Contents

Heavy mysteries
Class clown
Attracting attention
Values (How much is that dog crap in the window?)
The confessional
Special dispensation
Seven words you can never say on television
Wasted time
America the beautiful

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 235-246) and index.

Other Titles
Life and crimes of George Carlin, 7 dirty words


Dewey Decimal Class
792.7/6028092, B
Library of Congress
PN2287.C2685 S85 2010

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vii, 261 p., [8] p. of plates :
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