- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (1 Nov. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0571281494
- ISBN-13: 978-0571281497
- Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.5 x 24.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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Ban This Filth!: Letters From the Mary Whitehouse Archive Hardcover – 1 Nov 2012
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A splendidly entertaining book... finds the morality campaigner comically wrong on many matters but impressively prescient about pornography and paedophile TV personalities.' --Mark Lawson, Guardian Books of the Year
Hilarious but timely selection of letters for the Mary Whitehouse archive. -- The Sunday Times 'Must Read'
In Ban This Filth!, Ben Thompson unveils the filth and the fury from the Mary Whitehouse archive! The birth of British pop culture and the swinging sixties told through outraged letters and angry campaigns.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Anyway, this is a highly entertaining read which tells you a lot about the state of British culture in the 70s and 80s, about the British right of the same period - and about just how ghastly some of the bien pensant cultural panjundrums of the era could be.
We're told early on that if Mary Whitehouse and her proper Christian course had got its way, ‘our artistic heritage would have been immeasurably impoverished.’ It seems easy to believe. Dr. Who, Whitehouse informed the world, was ‘teatime brutality for tots’. Pinky and Perky encouraged bullying; all non-religious music encouraged anarchy. Some took that as a compliment. Alice Cooper sent Whitehouse a thank you card after her protests ensured the success of ‘Schools Out.'
Moral decay was everywhere. People had the sheer disregard to say ‘bloody’ on national television, and even reference pre-marital sex. Some – the truly damned – not only referred to oral sex, but admitted it was rather nice. The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour was so ‘filthy’ that she pulled out all the stops to ensure it was never broadcast - and almost succeeded. The Kenny Everett Show was a bridge that led people ‘from adult pornography to child pornography’. TV shows, she ranted showed their contempt for Christianity by their dogged refusal to recruit for it.
Mrs Whitehouse’s acolytes in the National Viewers and Listeners Association (NVLA) get ample space. They're a rich blend of cringe comedy, pedantry and rank hypocrisy. The NVLAs idea of campaigning for moral rearmament was posting death threats to TV producers, and child pornography to each other.
A long summary written by a member after seeing The Exorcist is a comedy of errors. (‘He [Damien Karras] was seen visiting his aged Italian mother in a poor part of a city.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The title 'Ban This Filth!' of this 2012 book ('Edited by Ben Thompson', published by faber and faber) is misleading. Read morePublished on 29 Aug. 2014 by Rerevisionist
If you know about Mary Whitehouse in todays society it`s hard not to see where she was coming from. Back in the 60`s/70s though she came across as a bit of a crackpot. Read morePublished on 6 Jun. 2014 by Michael Agate
I found this quite a difficult book to 'get into' but otherwise it provides an insight into how Mary Whitehouse and her organisation came to prominence, and the concerns they... Read morePublished on 6 Jan. 2014 by Amazon Customer
Mary Whitehouse's gifts for publicity and propaganda were far-reaching indeed.The fact that she pushed a very right-wing,evangelical Christian view of the world (think the US Moral... Read morePublished on 2 Dec. 2013 by Franz Bieberkopf
I bought this for a friend, I must say as I thought it would be quite funny given the focus on the correspondence. Read morePublished on 8 Jan. 2013 by Marts
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