Seven Dirty Words: The Life and Crimes of George Carlin

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Da Capo Press, Jun 8, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 280 pages
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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.
 

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User Review  - laurustina - LibraryThing

If you don't know why George Carlin is important, but want to, then this book will spell it out for you. Letter by letter, job by job, word by word. Sometimes that is done well, here, it seems a bit dogged and labored. Read full review

SEVEN DIRTY WORDS: The Life and Crimes of George Carlin

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Straightforward biography of George Carlin (1937-2008), who survived countercultural excess to become a seminal American stand-up comedian.Boston Globe contributor Sullivan (The Hardest Working Man ... Read full review

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James Sullivan is a regular contributor to the Boston Globe. He previously served as the pop music and culture critic at the San Francisco Chronicle and has written for Rolling Stone and many other publications.

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