By James Sullivan
In Seven soiled phrases, journalist and cultural critic James Sullivan tells the tale of other the USA from the Nineteen Fifties to the current, from the singular vantage element of George Carlin, the Catholic boy for whom not anything used to be sacred. A serious biography, Seven soiled phrases is an insightful (and, in fact, hilarious) exam of Carlin’s physique of labor because it pertained to its cultural instances and the guy who created it, from his early days as amore-or-less traditional comic to his beautiful transformation into the subversive comedic voice of the rising counterculture. Sullivan additionally chronicles Carlin’s struggles with censorship and medication, in addition to the full-blown renaissance he skilled within the Nineteen Nineties, either individually and professionally, while he grew to become an elder statesman to a more youthful new release of comics who respected him. Seven soiled phrases is not anything below the definitive biography of an American grasp who replaced the realm, and likewise a piece of cultural observation which frames George Carlin’s amazing legacy.
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By most accounts, however, Bruce was even more effusive in his praise for Burns and Carlin than his counterpart was. His presence at Cosmo 306818295-text:Layout 1 3/23/10 4:12 PM Page 47 Class Clown | 47 Alley was not lost on his young admirers. “We didn’t know the legendary quality of this encounter at the time,” said Carlin, “but we knew how important he was to us and what he represented. . ” The “sickest” comic contacted agent Jack Sobel, who was with General Artists Corporation (GAC), then a chief rival of the William Morris Agency in the world of entertainment bookings.
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. “He was being somewhat obnoxious, I think, making a nuisance of himself. ” At the Air Force base, seventy men in Carlin’s squadron had an experimental function: They were guinea pigs in an ongoing medical inquiry into the spread of infectious diseases in barracks living.
In July 1957 Carlin was given a general discharge under honorable conditions—not a dishonorable or bad-conduct discharge, but one that nevertheless implied considerable behavioral issues. In a letter to “Airman Third Class George D. Carlin,” his commanding officer, Lt. Col. Edward E. ” The officer cited several incidents: his failure to report for guard duty, a driving-while-intoxicated charge in February, a reckless driving episode the previous November, and “Disrespect to Air Policeman, Failure to obey a lawful order by an Air Policeman and Disobeying a direct order from an Officer” on June 24, 1955.
7 Dirty Words: The Life and Crimes of George Carlin by James Sullivan