Sexplosion: From Andy Warhol to A Clockwork Orange—How a Generation of Pop Rebels Broke All the Taboos

Robert Hofler. It Books, $27 (368p) ISBN 978-0-06-208834-5
Variety senior editor Hofler (Party Animals) weaves an engaging, informative picture of the sex-charged, boundaries-pushing era from 1968 to 1973, when artists across various media changed the face of the entertainment world, shattering long-held taboos regarding sexuality and content. In a lively, unapologetically profane narrative, Hofler looks at how “a number of very talented, risk-taking rebels challenged the world’s prevailing attitudes towards sex, and in the process, changed pop culture forever.” Covering landmark plays and movies such as Myra Breckinridge, Hair, Last Tango in Paris, Deep Throat, and Midnight Cowboy, he shows how these productions, and the people involved, went against the grain like never before, redefining the entertainment landscape. From the genesis of Blaxploitation films to the rising profile of pornography, the complex, paradoxically mature “Sexplosion” era is covered in loving detail. Hofler covers pop-culture figures and their creations with an expert’s depth of knowledge and a passion for the lurid details, of which there are plenty, resulting in a delightful journey through a short-lived but influential period—a crazy time in which anything seemed possible and nothing was forbidden. Agent: Eric Myers, the Spieler Agency (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 10/21/2013
Release date: 02/01/2014
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