Robert Rosen on ReW & WhO?
Robert Rosen reads “the dirty part” from Beaver Street. Click here for more Bloomsday on Beaver Street readings and interviews.
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“Robert Rosen was in the trenches of the porn industry for years, and he clearly took copious notes with his one free hand. His history of modern porn is entertaining, insightful, and hot.” —Michael Musto, columnist, The Village Voice
Beaver Street is now available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s, Left Bank Books, McNally Jackson, Hamilton Book, and Quimby’s. You can also download it on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and all other e-book readers. Check out five full chapters in the Headpress “flip book.”
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.
This is an excerpt from my interview with Kendra Holliday, editor of The Beautiful Kind, conducted at Shameless Grounds, a sex-positive coffeehouse in St. Louis. I’d gone there in April to begin a promotional tour for the U.S. edition of Beaver Street. In this clip, 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 about Beaver Street when I went to London. 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.
This is the trailer for Part 1 of my Beaver Street interview on the Sleazoid Podcast, a show out of Nashville, Tennessee. The host, Mike Ashcraft, is a filmmaker who treats each podcast as if it’s a movie. Click here to listen to Part 1 of the interview. Click here to listen to Part 2. Click here to see the trailer for Part 2 and many other Beaver Street videos.
At the 2:20 mark in this segment from the Rew & Who? Internet TV show, the conversation turns to Beaver Street, and later to the book I’m currently working on, Bobby in Naziland. Click here to see other 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 perhaps 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, however, he’s not only given me permission to use his real name—Paul Slimak—but 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 the other von Pauli videos.