Bobby in Naziland
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My guest today is best known in Beatles world for having published Nowhere Man (originally in 2000 but since revised in 2015), a book in part drawn from Rosen's exclusive access to John Lennon's diaries. He is also the author of the newly published memoir, Bobby in Naziland, a telling of his coming of age in Flatbush during the late 50s and early 60s. Rosen's work captures the essence of time and place, with an eye for detail and an ear for the rhythm; true for both of the aforementioned titles. —Robert Rodriguez
Author Robert Rosen joins me to talk about his 2000 book on the last years of John Lennon's life, as told through the diaries that Robert transcribed in the early 80s, as well as his new book, Bobby In Naziland, which details his early life growing up in a neighbourhood of Brooklyn still living under the shadow of World War II. —Antony Rotunno
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Talking with María Martín, from El Submarí Groc, about Nowhere Man and how I edited John Lennon's diaries. In English with Spanish subtitles
For sixteen years Robert Rosen worked behind the X-rated scenes of such porn magazines as High Society, Stag, and D-Cup. In Beaver Street: A History of Modern Pornography, Rosen blows the lid off the lucrative and politically hounded adult industry, providing a darkly engaging account of its tumultuous decades—from the defining Traci Lords scandal and the conception of "free" phone sex to the burgeoning success of smut in cyberspace in the twenty-first century.
Beaver Street is now available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Strand, Powell's, Left Bank Books, and McNally Jackson. You can also download it on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iTunes, and all other e-book formats.
An excerpt from my interview with Kendra Holliday, editor of The Beautiful Kind, conducted at Shameless Grounds, a sex-positive coffeehouse in St. Louis, where I'd begun my 2012 promotional tour for the U.S. edition of Beaver Street. Here, I explain my so-called "experiment in participatory journalism"—posing for an X-rated photo shoot to gain insight into the mind of a porn star. Click here to see more interview excerpts.
Kate Copstick and Jamie Maclean of the Erotic Review were among the people I spoke to on the London leg of my Beaver Street tour. In part one of this very British interview, which took place in a pub a couple of blocks from their office, we discuss over a few pints of lager the impact on the porn biz of cruder tastes, cheap technology, and free online smut. Click here to see the other parts of the interview. Click here to read Jamie Maclean's review of Beaver Street.
In this segment from the Rew & Who? Internet TV show, the conversation turns to Beaver Street, and later to the book I was writing at the time, Bobby in Naziland. Click here to see more Beaver Street interviews, promo videos, and the Nowhere Man segment from Rew & Who?
In Beaver Street, I write about my officemate at Swank Publications, who's both the managing editor of For Adults Only magazine and a professional actor who specializes in playing Nazis. (He's probably best known as The Weeping Nazi in the premiere episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien.) In the book I call him "Henry Dorfman." Since Beaver Street was published, he's asked me to use his real name—Paul Slimak—and has done a series of promotional videos for the book playing his favorite character, renegade Nazi Erich von Pauli. Erich von Pauli on Beaver Street: Episode 3 (above)—featuring Agnes Herrmann as Diana Clerkenwell—caught the attention of Village Voice columnist Michael Musto. Click here to see more von Pauli videos.
Reading the opening section of "Being Rich" and all of "Chapter 27" from Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon. "Chapter 27" is my eyewitness account of Mark David Chapman's sentencing hearing. Lennon's killer believed that by murdering the ex-Beatle, he'd write the missing chapter of J. D. Salinger's novel The Catcher in the Rye in Lennon's blood. Video by Michael Paul, shot at the 2A bar in New York City's East Village, on October 15, 2013. Click here to learn more about John Lennon and Nowhere Man.
Talking Beaver Blues on Rew & Who?