How to Talk Dirty and Influence People (audiobook)

An Autobiography

Preface by Lewis Black
Foreword by Howard Reich
Read by Ronnie Marmo
9.2 hrs • 9 CDs • Unabridged
Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 07/11/17
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- 07/11/17 9781549167638
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Summary

This is Lenny Bruce’s classic autobiography, with a new preface by Lewis Black and a new foreword by jazz critic Howard Reich.

During the course of a career that began in the 1940s, Lenny Bruce challenged the sanctity of organized religion and other societal and political conventions and widened the boundaries of free speech. Critic Ralph Gleason said, “so many taboos have been lifted and so many comics have rushed through the doors Lenny opened. He utterly changed the world of comedy.”

He died in 1966 at the age of forty, his influence on the worlds of comedy, jazz, and satire incalculable, and How to Talk Dirty and Influence People—now republished to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of Lenny Bruce’s death—remains a brilliant existential account of his life and the forces that made him the most important and controversial entertainer in history.

Review Quotes

“I read this book for the first time when I was twelve years old. It made me want to be in showbiz, have a lot of sex, and be Jewish. I’ve rethought that last one.”

Penn Jillette, New York Times bestselling author

“Outside every American comedy club there ought to be a statue of Lenny Bruce—the type of big bronze statue that commemorates and immortalizes heroes…Bringing Bruce’s ideas and stories to a new generation might just be the next best thing to erecting those bronze statues.”

Playboy

“If there was a God, then he sent down Lenny Bruce to create the art form of modern stand-up comedy. He sought the truth fearlessly and hilariously until his tragically muffled First Amendment rights surely enabled his dying for our sins.”

Richard Lewis, author of The Other Great Depression

“Narrator Ronnie Marmo does an impressive impersonation of Bruce with emotive fluctuations in nearly every line he reads.”

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