"Lenny Bruce: The Making of a Prophet," by William Karl Thomas, Media Maestro 2001 Second Edition, 228 pages 5 3/4" x 8 3/4" hardcover. Lenny Bruce was the most controversial comedian of the 20th century, and William Karl Thomas was his only writing collaborator, a collaboration that lasted ten years from before Bruce's rise to international fame until the night he died. Together they crafted the milestone comedy material in Bruce's pioneering first three comedy albums, wrote three screenplays too controversial to ever make it to the screen, and fought the good fight for First Amendment Rights in which Bruce's trials have become milestone court cases. Lenny Bruce paved the way for a performer to tell the truth about sex, politics, and religion, but he did so at the cost of political, religious, and police harassment, and he did so with his mother, Sally Marr, his manager Frank Ray Perilli who was the first to recognize his talents, and his collaborator, William Karl Thomas, as his only allies who hung in from beginning to end. Thomas' poignant memoir of their story (in the words of The Manchester Guardian) "reads like a Bogart script" and is illustrated by his photography from Bruce's album covers and stills from his cinematography of their film pilots. If you love Hollywood's Golden Era and how creative and courageous minds work, you gotta love this torrid twisted tale of Lenny Bruce: The Making of a Prophet. To see over 200 cine-photo-audio-video-media equipment items, click on the hot link at right that says “more ads by this user.” This item is in new condition, but is sold as-is, no returns, so pickup and inspection in Tucson, Arizona, is preferred. Out of town buyers email with any questions and for payment and shipping options.
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