This album comes with a handy glossary of those references though, which act as a helpful guide to some of the bits. A good sample of Lenny Bruce's early work, before drugs and endless obscenity trials ruined everything.
I was a teenager in my friends bedroom listening to those old Fantasy label records. George Carlin said that he was "emboldened by Lenny Bruce" and he wasn't alone.
Lenny is the architype of the social critic comic. It was comedy with a moralistic, satirical stance like his bit "Religions Incorporated".
And "Father Flotsky's Triumph" gave us the phrase "Yadda yadda". He was both jester and prophet for a generation. Would at least liked to have had The Telephone Company and Lima Ohio included in this "classic" collection. It illustrates how homogenous our society was in the early sixties and how advanced Lenny Bruce was. Religions, Inc. Ordered it late Thursday from Neighborhood Books and received it on Monday. A great price and amazing content.
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Call quoting EIL. She would be later sentenced to two years in federal prison. Throughout the final decade of his life, Bruce was beset by severe drug addiction. He would use heroin , meth and dilaudids daily. He suffered numerous health problems and personal strife as a result of his addiction. He had an affair with the jazz singer Annie Ross in the late s. Bruce's desire to help his wife cease working as a stripper led him to pursue schemes that were designed to make as much money as possible.
The most notable was the Brother Mathias Foundation scam , which resulted in Bruce's arrest in Miami , Florida , in for impersonating a priest. He had been soliciting donations for a leper colony in British Guiana now Guyana under the auspices of the "Brother Mathias Foundation", which he had legally chartered—the name was his own invention, but possibly referred to the actual Brother Matthias who had befriended Babe Ruth at the Baltimore orphanage to which Ruth had been confined as a child.
Bruce had stolen several priests' clergy shirts and a clerical collar while posing as a laundry man. He was found not guilty because of the legality of the New York state-chartered foundation, the actual existence of the Guiana leper colony, and the inability of the local clergy to expose him as an impostor.
On October 4, , Bruce was arrested for obscenity  at the Jazz Workshop in San Francisco; he had used the word cocksucker and riffed that " to is a preposition , come is a verb ", that the sexual context of come is so common that it bears no weight, and that if someone hearing it becomes upset, he "probably can't come". Bruce was arrested again in , in Philadelphia , for drug possession and again in Los Angeles, two years later. The Los Angeles arrest took place in then-unincorporated West Hollywood , and the arresting officer was a young deputy named Sherman Block , who later became County Sheriff.
The specification this time was that the comedian had used the word schmuck , an insulting Yiddish term that is an obscene term for penis. The Hollywood charges were later dismissed. He was arrested along with the club owners, Howard and Elly Solomon, who were arrested for allowing an obscene performance to take place. On both occasions, he was arrested after leaving the stage, the complaints again pertaining to his use of various obscenities.
A three-judge panel presided over his widely publicized six-month trial, prosecuted by Manhattan Assistant D. Bruce and club owner Howard Solomon were both found guilty of obscenity on November 4, The conviction was announced despite positive testimony and petitions of support from—among other artists, writers and educators— Woody Allen , Bob Dylan , Jules Feiffer , Allen Ginsberg , Norman Mailer , William Styron , and James Baldwin , and Manhattan journalist and television personality Dorothy Kilgallen and sociologist Herbert Gans.
Solomon later saw his conviction overturned. Despite his prominence as a comedian, Bruce appeared on network television only six times in his life. These performances often included rants about his court battles over obscenity charges, tirades against fascism , and complaints that he was being denied his right to freedom of speech.
Bruce was banned outright from several U. In September , his only visit to Australia caused a media storm—although, contrary to popular belief, he was not banned nor was he forced to leave the country. Bruce was booked for a two-week engagement at Aaron's Exchange Hotel, a small pub in central Sydney by the American-born, Australian-based promoter Lee Gordon , who was by then deeply in debt, nearing the end of his formerly successful career, and desperate to save his business.
Bruce was heckled by audience members during his performance, and when local actress Barbara Wyndon stood up and complained that Bruce was only talking about America, and asked him to talk about something different, a clearly annoyed Bruce responded, "Fuck you, madam.
That's different, isn't it? By the next day the local press had blown the incident up into a major controversy, with several Sydney papers denouncing Bruce as "sick" and one even illustrating their story with a retouched photograph appearing to show Bruce giving a fascist salute.
The venue owners immediately cancelled the rest of Bruce's performances, and he retreated to his Kings Cross hotel room. Local university students including future OZ magazine editor Richard Neville who were fans of Bruce's humor tried to arrange a performance at the Roundhouse at the University of New South Wales , but at the last minute the university's Vice-Chancellor rescinded permission to use the venue, with no reason given  and an interview he was scheduled to give on Australian television was cancelled in advance by the Australian Broadcasting Commission.
Bruce remained largely confined to his hotel, but eight days later gave his third and last Australian concert at the Wintergarden Theatre in Sydney's eastern suburbs. Although the theatre had a capacity of 2,, only people attended, including a strong police presence, and Bruce gave what was described as a "subdued" performance.
It was long rumored that a tape recording of Bruce's historic performance was made by police, but it was, in fact, recorded by local jazz saxophonist Sid Powell, who brought a portable tape recorder to the show. The tape was rediscovered in in the possession of Australian singer Sammy Gaha, who had acted as Bruce's chauffeur during his visit, and it was subsequently donated to the Lenny Bruce audio collection at Brandeis University.
Bruce left the country a few days later and spoke little about the experience afterwards. Increasing drug use also affected Bruce's health. By , he had been blacklisted by nearly every nightclub in the U. He gave a famous performance at the Berkeley Community Theatre in December , which was recorded and became his last live album, titled The Berkeley Concert ; his performance here has been described as lucid, clear and calm, and one of his best.
Zappa asked Bruce to sign his draft card , but the suspicious Bruce refused. At the request of Hefner and with the aid of Paul Krassner , Bruce wrote an autobiography. Serialized in Playboy in and , this material was later published as the book How to Talk Dirty and Influence People.
And he was one of the most revered stand-up comics in America. He starts and stops songs, fumbles with the strings, and even drops his instrument to ridiculous comedic effect. Yet he had, and still has, a way of turning audiences on their heads by exploring the utmost absurdity of everyday life. Whereas Martin largely avoided political and social commentary, Bill Hicks avoided everything else. For decades now, Hicks has been the entry point to stand-up comedy for disaffected youth.
He chain-smoked onstage while railing against religion, politics and American culture. He particularly skewered the South, where he was from, a subject largely avoided by the New York and L. Rant In E Minor is the perfect name for this posthumous album, because rant is what Hicks did best.
His rants also almost took on a musical quality, drawing crowds in with his angry Southern drawl. The album also has the bonus feature of containing actual musical transitions and interludes.
Hicks opens Rant In E Minor by saying this will be the final performance he ever does. Hicks died in February of , just a few months after he recorded the final material for this album.
Hicks has found fame with many generations in the years following his death, and this LP surpasses even Dangerous and Relentless —the two LPs he put out while he was alive—in terms of cohesiveness and message.
Many of the subjects Hicks covers are still relevant today, such as abortion, gay people in the military, Rush Limbaugh and patriotism. Elvis Presley. The Beatles. The Rolling Stones. Pop general. Current Pop. Pop 90s. Pop 80s. French Pop. French Rock. Johnny Hallyday. Traditional Music. Pays Basque. Others French. European Grooves. Other Countries. Soul 80s.
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