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Baby Oil and Ice: Striptease in East London [Hardcover]

Lara Clifton , Sarah Ainslie , Julie Cook
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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: The Do-Not Press; 1st edition (29 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1899344853
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899344857
  • Product Dimensions: 26.1 x 19.4 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 540,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Baby Oil and Ice lifts the veil on the shadowy world of pub striptease in London's East End. Inside its 176 pages are 116 full-colour photographs by Julie Cook and Sarah Ainslie, plus writing by the strippers, staff and customers themselves, collated by Lara Clifton. Baby Oil and Ice offers a unique glimpse inside the minds of those who participate in this erotic and mysterious trade.

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Baby Oil and Ice is a lavish, large-format hardback documenting a fast-disappearing part of 'old London'. Shoreditch, that small but vibrant area just east of Liverpool Street station in east London, is the centre of London's shady and once-thriving strip-pub culture. But due to the gentrification of the area and the threat of the East London Line development at Bishopsgate, many of the pubs have either closed or are closing down and some will be demolished to make way for the trains. Photographers Julie Cook and Sarah Ainslie were given unprecedented access to the venues and to the women themselves – using hidden cameras (photography is strictly prohibited in strip pubs) – and their photographs are a mixture of candid shots of the strippers relaxing, preparing for work and performing, and images of the architecture (many of the venues are once grand Victorian gin palaces) and the punters' reaction to what they're being shown. Lara Clifton, a dancer for many years, has persuaded many of the women, staff and customers to put their motivations, thoughts and ideas into writing and these are scattered throughout the book. A fine, beautiful book that is part social history, part erotica. We are very proud to be its publisher.

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5.0 out of 5 stars SEXY JULIE JOHNSON 8 May 2007
As a big fan of Julie Johnson - Zoe Anderson and Linda Chestnut - I just had to buy this book...and I was not dissapointed.

The pictures of sexy Julie Taylor took me back 18 years to the backstreet pubs of Walthamstow and Leytonstone.

I must of seen Julie and a few of the other girls featured in this BRILLIANT book - NAKED - more times than I have seen my wife.

This book also contains interviews with stand-up comics like Derek Prevost - Mark Howe - Vinny Baldock - and I still laugh at their jokes just like I can still see JULIE TAYLOR wearing nohing but baby oil.

I just wish there was a DVD or Video to go with this naughty but funny book...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Lara 14 May 2007
The star of this book is Lara Clifton - at first you wonder what a nice girl is doing working as a stripper in grubby pubs...but when she explains you understand.

It is her choice - her hobby - and as history as proved - the first step on the ladder to fame and fortune.

A wonderful book from a lady who has used all her god given talents to get on in the world of showbiz.

This book is not just an historic document - it is also about the future of a soon to be mega movie star...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good In Parts 24 May 2007
This book took me back to my mis-spent youth and later my early days as a stand-up comic in the pubs and clubs of East London.

I still see a few of the girls featured and do shows with some of the comics mentioned, people like Mark Brown, Peter Tibbs Jnr, Ian Flemming, Dick Beemer and Paul Wellings...but it is the pictures of the strippers and dancers that take me on a trip down memory lane.

Lara Clifton was stunning, and is now a `proper` actress, Ginger Sally is a dog trainer, and Julie Taylor who was the best in the business for a while, all make this book value for money.

I would like to see a Part Two. Some of the performers have moved on to mainstream entertainment, others have not, it would make interesting reading.

Lara how about a follow up?

Julie Taylor moved from Pub lunchtimes to x-rated stags and then adult movies, she starred in Saturday Night Special, and Black In Blondes, but what about Cindy Jackson, Dee Dee and all the others?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hot and Cold 22 May 2007
Some of the girls featured look more like boxers than sex symbols and you wonder why men would pay to watch them undress.

A few are stunning, Julie Taylor the blonde bomber who had a brief but amazing career is the best looking pub stripper I have ever seen, and not surprising that she quickly moved from Friday and Sunday lunchimes in The Sir John Franklin, just off the A13 to `Stag Shows` and porn cockney comic Micky Pugh recalls "She was a stunner and a very popular girl, if you know what I mean".

Another comic Leeroy Mambasa says "I was GAY before I met her and then one weekend in Brighton she converted me"

The rest of the strippers apart from Lara Clifton are not much to look at, how did the likes of Emma G and Ginger Sally earn a living from stripping off?

Not a great book, but with better editing and choice of pictures it could of been a best seller...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Tame 28 May 2007
A great idea but to be honest it is a bit dated,

The girls apart from a cople are NOT page three material and the comics are NOT ver PC or funny.

The worst comedian featured is PG Wellings and I cant believe that people paid money to watch these women undres.

Lara Clifton is stunning but the rest are just a collection of blonde bimbos who are more attractive with some clothes on rather than stark naked, and I think that says it all about the content of this book.

Quantity over quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy and Erotic 12 May 2007
The girls in this book are stunning and the trip back in time is a wonderful walk.

I can still remember all the strippers - Cindy - Sally - Julie ARE all in my memory - I can still hear the gags and the comis - i wish there was a video to go with this book.
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