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Seven Dirty Words (Playaway Adult Nonfiction)
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AOL’s Asylum, 6/7/10
“An engrossing tale of one of our greatest comedic minds.”
Internet Review of Books, June 2010
“I can give no reason not to read 7 Dirty Words. Sullivan’s book is an authoritative and well-researched chronicle of Carlin’s professional career, with bits and pieces here and there devoted to his upbringing, his family, and other influences.”
Makes a good companion piece to Carlin's posthumously published 2008 autobiography, Last Words: A Memoir…If you like/love George Carlin, you'll like/love the ride…Mr. Sullivan does a good job of citing the early influences, from Spike Jones to Bruce by way of Burns and Allen, Sid Caesar and Uncle Miltie…Mr. Sullivan wisely includes all the funny bits that Carlin loved…[A] very readable book.”
“Last year, a kind of posthumous autobiography, Last Words, was published…Now, journalist and cultural critic James Sullivan has published a more detailed look at Carlin's life, which helps fill in some of the gaps in the comedy legend's own version. Sullivan does a good job of presenting a linear rundown of the various incarnations Carlin went through in his 71 years…He's smart enough to let Carlin's story tell itself—and to put it in the context of how one man's inner growth matched the changes many people in America were going through at the same time…Sullivan's approach is that of the straightforward journalist. He doesn't pad the book with Carlin's comedy material, but instead focuses on how the man changed over the years, and how his influence grew…The author has a sharp critical eye.”
“Sullivan is an accomplished author who is able to demonstrate how comedy changed when new faces entered the scene in the early l950s…One of the most outstanding features of this biography is the behind-the-scenes glimpses of the interrelationship between the comedians who were famous and how they would help aspiring hopefuls achieve their day in the spotlight…Sullivan has written a lasting tribute to this icon of American humor which was well researched, annotated, and most of all, entirely believable. This book is highly recommended for adults who want to have their memories refreshed about comedians of the past and present.”
Under the Radar, July 2010
“A critical biography, this is an insightful examination of Carlin’s body of work as it pertained to its cultural times and the man who created it.”
Library Journal, 3/1/10
“[A] well-written and thorough biography…A celebration of the life of George Carlin and how his comedy remade stand-up, this is a great companion to Carlin’s recently published autobiography, Last Words. Highly recommended for readers interested in performing arts, George Carlin, comedy, and celebrity biographies.”
Kirkus Reviews, 3/15/10
“The author meticulously chronicles Carlin’s career, which intersected with many formative cultural trends of the ’50s and ’60s…Sullivan ably captures a sense of the entertainment industry at the time—glamorously competitive and fiercely insular…The author also dutifully covers Carlin’s personal life…This is an apt, detailed memorial to a groundbreaking performer.”
“Sullivan isn’t interested in padding out his book with stand-up material. His focus is on exploring the man himself, with a sharp critical eye and a good feeling for the sociohistorical context of Carlin’s comedy. An excellent account of the life and work of an important and greatly missed artist.”
Newark Star-Ledger, 6/6/10
“This portrayal, by former San Francisco Chronicle pop culture writer James Sullivan, ought to satisfy anyone who has ever laughed at a Carlin routine—and that takes in a lot of us. From his early days in Greenwich Village clubs through his epic legal battles over words you can’t say on television, which he said anyway, Carlin’s story is inspiring and hilarious. Sullivan correctly nails the reasons for Carlin’s popularity…His spot-on judgment of Carlin’s achievements is worth the read.”
The A.V. Club, 6/3/10
“Offer[s] a broad overview of the formative American stand-up comic…Sullivan’s light hand makes 7 Dirty Words a brisk read.”
Bookslut, June 2010
“There were many iterations of Carlin’s public personality, and Sullivan captures both ends of his life well in his cultural treatise.”
Boston Globe, 6/10/10
“James Sullivan has done an outstanding job in his new book 7 Dirty Words positioning the late comedian George Carlin as a counterculture icon whose loathing of hypocrisy and love of language changed comedy forever…In his new biography, Sullivan manages to skillfully show us the drama of Carlin’s performing career and how it blended with the larger cultural landscape.”
Publishers Weekly, 3/29/10
“In this linear summary of Carlin's career, Sullivan dissects the comedian's classic iconoclastic routines, probes his working methods and successfully captures his rocketlike ascent to fame from night clubs and the 1960s comedic cauldron of Greenwich Village to television acclaim, controversy, and creative conflicts.”
Kirkus Reviews, 4/15/10
“Although volumes have been written about his contemporaries—his predecessor and mentor Lenny Bruce before him and his contemporary Richard Pryor, to name but a few—relatively little analysis has been done about the late, great George Carlin’s mark on the 20th century. In his new book, journalist James Sullivan delves deep into the seven-decade history of one of America’s most daring comics.”
Sacramento Book Review, 5/27/10
“The book is an impressive effort…diligently researched, well-constructed, and showing great affection for the subject without ignoring Carlin’s demons, missteps, or low times.”
Los Angeles Magazine, June 2010
“This biography probes [George Carlin’s] life and works.”
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About the Author
James Sullivan is the author of Jeans: A Cultural History of An American Icon (2006) and the forthcoming The Hardest Working Man: How James Brown Saved the Soul of America (November 2008). He was Pop Music and Pop Culture Critic of the San Francisco Chronicle from 1997 - 2004. He has articles have appeared in Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Boston magazine, Book magazine, Wired, and MSNBC.com, and his essays have been featured NPR's All Things Considered. Sullivan saw George Carlin perform for the final time a few weeks before his death with his father, who shares a birthday with the comedian. He lives in Massachusetts. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: MP3 CD.