Gentleman of Leisure: A Year in the Life of a Pimp

Susan Hall, Author, Bob Adelman, Photographer, Neil Shakery, Designed by
Susan Hall, Author, Bob Adelman, Photographer, Neil Shakery, Designed by powerHouse Books $35 (189p) ISBN 978-1-57687-311-3
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""The term is pimp, but I don't use it...I'm a professional gentleman of leisure."" So begins the introduction to Silky, a self-made buyer, owner and seller of women who, when these interviews took place in 1972, claimed to ""make more money than the President of the United States."" He, along with fellow pimp Dandy and ""prosses"" Sandy, Kitty, Linda, Tracey and Lois, are the subjects of this offbeat guide to a ""Family's"" life on the ""Stroll."" Award-winning photographer Adelman and film producer/writer Hall relay the down and dirty of the crew's day-to-day, dealing hepped-out philosophical musings (""The game is deep. In being a mack, you're supposedly the supreme being of man. Man rules woman. In being a mack, you acknowledge this fact.""), spats between the girls and their pimps and candid photographs ranging from hokey Christmas portraits to the suggestively lewd to the overtly sexual. Much of the dialogue revolves around the politics of orgasms, emotional rants concerning the ever-possessive and disarmingly virile Silky, or the 69 different ways of getting off-all of which is titillating at first, but can be tiresome when consumed in too large a dose. Photos.
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