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Swingers and swappers, strippers and streetwalkers, sadists, masochists, and sexual mavericks of every persuasion; are all documented in this legendary expose of the diseased underbelly of '60s American society.
The book that lent its name to the seminal New York rock 'n' roll group, whose songs were to mirror its themes of depravity and social malaise. Welcome to the sexual twilight zone...
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Michael Leigh was an author and sexologist dedicated to documenting sexual deviancy in 60s America.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
In this book, Michael Leigh took a razor to the soft white underbelly of '60s Middle America, spilling out its rotten entrails for the world to rake over. He revealed a burgeoning demi-monde of sado-masochism, transvestism, drug abuse, homosexuality, paedophilia, bestiality and pornography - a zone he chose to describe as "The Velvet Underground”.
In documenting this subterranean disease, Leigh exposed the secret emptiness and alienation of an entire generation and culture that even in 1963 was dangerously out of control, reflecting all the fears and frustrations of the creeping sickness of post-atomic America. A mere six years on, these malignant seeds would burst into sudden, shocking flower with the media Apocalypse precipitated by Charles Manson and his Dune Buggy Attack Battalion, fulfilling Leigh's premonitions of anarchy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the East Coast rock group who took their name from this book were mirroring its themes of sexual and social sickness in their nihilistic noise poetry even as the "love children” of California were being torn apart and destroyed by Altamont and Helter Skelter.
"The Velvet Underground” - in coining this image of sick beauty, Michael Leigh unwittingly provided not merely the name for a rock'n'roll group, but a synonym for an era and lifestyle immortalised by that group and its associates - Warhol's Factory perceived as a microcosm of that nationwide unrest and mania which prefigured the chaos of 1969, and the inauguration of a fatally attractive credo which will recur for as long as society, as we know it, persists.
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Book Description Velvet Publications, 1997. brossura. Condition: nuovo. New. Brand New Mint Copies., Ill. bn: --, Ill. colori: --, Peso: 230 gr. Seller Inventory # 11556-A10
Book Description Velvet Publications, 1998. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1871592283