The Trials of Lenny Bruce: The Fall and Rise of an American Icon
Ronald K. L. CollinsISBN: 1570718377;
Book DescriptionLenny Bruce?s words had the power to provoke laughter and debate?as well as shock and outrage. It was the force of his voice that would place him on the wrong side of the law in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. Lenny committed his life to telling the truth. But the truth he told infuriated those in power, and authorities in the largest, most progressive cities in the country worked relentlessly to put him in jail. To them, Lenny?s words were filthy, depraved. But to his fans?the hip, the discontented, the fringe?his words were not only sharp and hilarious, they were a light in the dark to the repressed society of the early 1960s. Lenny?s battles were fought on stage and in the courtroom?against cops in San Francisco and L.A. who took notes at his performances, against judges in Chicago and against a prosecutor in New York with a zeal to bring the comedian down. Lenny also fought his addiction to heroin and,...
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