How To Talk Dirty And Influence People: An Autobiography
  • How To Talk Dirty And Influence People: An Autobiography
  • How To Talk Dirty And Influence People: An Autobiography
ISBN: 0671751085
EAN13: 9780671751081
Language: English
Pages: 208
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 8.3" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 0.4 lbs.
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During the course of a career, Lenny Bruce challenged the sanctity of organized religion and other societal and political conventions; he widened the boundaries of free speech. Although Bruce died when he was only forty, his influence on the worlds of comedy, jazz, and satire are incalculable. Finally available as an audiobook 50 years after Bruce's Death, How to Talk Dirty and Influence People is read by Ronnie Marmo, who currently plays Bruce in the premiere season of the one-man showI Am Not A Comedian. I'm Lenny Bruce, directed by Joe Mantegna. How to Talk Dirty and Influence People remains a brilliant existential account of his life and the forces that made him the most important and controversial entertainer in history.

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   The rise and fall of a comedian
It goes into quirky situations and things that this man has been through, for example with a hooker's nun clothing and an older lady who was kind enough to supply him with chic coats and orally delivered pleasure below. As the book progresses, it seems to go into a direction where the man becomes more and more estranged from who he really was based on drug abuse. This is to the extent that he was not completely delusional, but he was far off from the critical questioning man, interested in the nature of language itself in relation to the humor he expressed. It is both a good read about what made this man the great comedian he was and the obvious demise, run into the law and ultimately the death of his character, unfortunately even before he actually died.
   It's Lenny in his own words
I've seen Lenny Bruce on the Steve Allen show and he broke down barriers on tv too. Do yourself a favor and get into the history and the mind of a comedy genius before the system puts an end to him. The book is available for purchase. It is a good read. I like it.
   Funny not funny
Lenny Bruce's story is neither and both paralleling his tragic but pathbreaking career. What begins as a long look at life in childhood, war and love devolves into slanted excerpts from the transcripts of his obscenity and drug tests intended to defend himself by exposing hypocrisy. With the exceptions of a few justifications of his psychological state trewn around, Bruce's perspectives turn outward at the moment when we need to know what chemical backlash and his mental coping strategies have done to his art and life. An important document of an American comic book genus in a era that was both created and destroyed.
   Read this to be smarter
You don 't care what I have to say about this book. Talk to everyone you know about it.
   A good read, especially if you like Mrs. Maisel
After reading this book, I am sure the actor, Lenny in the Marvel Series'Ms. Maisel, knows this book well. A legal boggy with testimony in the small cases. On the other hand, it is pretty darn funny that the legal system even wasted time and money to get a man for the jokes.
Raw, real and no apologies. This book is loved. If you like Leonard Cohen and other artists, this is a must read.
   Comedy and Culture
The narrator does a good job of recreating Lenny's cadence and rhythms himself. As a fan of comedy and appreciating the role it plays in culture and changing this is a must. He is sometimes forgotten because his stand-up appearances don't hold as well to modern audiences, but his memoir will ring as relevant and entertaining for many years to come. Located right alongside Steve Martin's Born Standing Up for an understanding of art and its importance to us all.
   Love Lenny Bruce
I was born in 1964, so I heard all my life about Lenny Bruce, but never had any direct experience with him. He was a metaphor for lewdness and crude humor and became more than a man, but an idea. But i also heard him as a fighter for the freedom of speech and ideas, freedom to mock the naked emperor. Eventually, I was introduced to the man behind the mythology through his own words, and found that he was slightly more self-absorbed than your idolized martyr, but still went to jail for and being the target of scorn and abuse for... saying words. The history lesson alone was worth reading this book ; meeting the man behind the name was fantastic.
   This book was horribly edited. Gone is the Dick Schaap afterward
After Gone, Dick Schaap is the. Gone are all the Lenny Bruce routines that were included in the original addition, including Christ and Moses, JFK introducing his cabinet, etc. Whoever edited this version was totally clueless about Lenny Bruce. It is offensive to those of us who read the original book and remember Lenny Bruce.
   I love this book
If you enjoy a different social and political perspective on comedic topics, you consider yourself a history buff you will too. Before his time, Lenny Bruce was a man. It is interesting to see how many debates he has sparked about freedom of speech, religion, etc. Today, the old ones are still going strong.