By James Sullivan
In Seven soiled phrases, journalist and cultural critic James Sullivan tells the tale of other the United States from the Fifties to the current, from the singular vantage element of George Carlin, the Catholic boy for whom not anything used to be sacred. A severe biography, Seven soiled phrases is an insightful (and, after all, hilarious) exam of Carlin’s physique of labor because it pertained to its cultural occasions and the fellow who created it, from his early days as amore-or-less traditional comic to his lovely transformation into the subversive comedic voice of the rising counterculture. Sullivan additionally chronicles Carlin’s struggles with censorship and medicine, in addition to the full-blown renaissance he skilled within the Nineteen Nineties, either individually and professionally, whilst he turned an elder statesman to a more youthful new release of comics who respected him. Seven soiled phrases is not anything under the definitive biography of an American grasp who replaced the realm, and in addition a piece of cultural remark which frames George Carlin’s striking legacy.
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Though he’d begun questioning the church’s authority from a young age, he’d grown up blindly accepting his mother’s belief in the strict jingoism of newspaper commentators such as Walter Winchell and Westbrook Pegler. Pegler, a featured writer for the sensation-minded 306818295-text:Layout 1 3/23/10 4:12 PM Page 37 Class Clown | 37 Hearst syndicate, was a Roman Catholic sometimes accused of antiSemitism, a prominent foe of labor unions, communism, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. “In my home Westbrook Pegler and Joe McCarthy were gods, and I picked up a lot of that,” Carlin once explained.
When it passed, the two comics saw a double rainbow over the horizon. “We felt that was an omen,” Carlin said. After the engagement at a jazz room called the Cloister Inn, Burns and Carlin picked up a few more dates around the Midwest. In Dayton, Ohio, then part of a bustling Midwestern nightclub circuit established during the heyday of big band swing, they performed at a hip new venue called the Racquet Club. Located in a sleek, modern facility, the place was a members-only club with tennis courts, a pool, and a dining room.
They smoked three joints in their cell. He was also tossed in a jail cell for causing a disturbance at the Stork Club, a combination supper club and strip joint out on the Bossier City strip, where the Barksdale airmen were known to blow off more than a little steam. “He called early one morning, I’m talking post-midnight,” says Jeff Stierman, whose father, Vern, a fellow announcer on KJOE, had become a good friend of Carlin’s. The elder Stierman had to bail out his young friend. “George had had a few too many,” says Stierman’s son.
7 Dirty Words: The Life and Crimes of George Carlin by James Sullivan