INCORRECT ENTERTAINMENT OR TRASH FROM THE PAST by Anthony Slide (paperback)
INCORRECT ENTERTAINMENT or Trash from the Past: A history of political incorrectness and bad taste in 20th Century American pop culture
Cultural Historian Anthony Slide, who has been described by the Los Angeles Times as a “one-man publishing phenomenon,” strikes again with a book guaranteed to contain something offensive for everyone.
Chapters include subjects as varied as Camp, Fascism in Hollywood, Hedda Hopper, and the Porkey's movies. The latest topical jokes on Helen Keller, Eleanor Roosevelt, the Challenger disaster, alcohol, drug, and spousal abuse, communism, ethnicity, gays and lesbians and religion.
They are all here in this quirky, outrageous, informative, and above all, entertaining overview of political incorrectness an bad taste in twentieth century popular entertainment, including film, theater, music, radio, television, and Vaudeville.
British-born Anthony Slide is a former associate archivist of the American Film Institute and resident film historian of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He is the author of more than seventy books on the history of popular entertainment and the editor of a further 125 volumes in the "Filmmakers" series.
Among his major works are EARLY AMERICAN CINEMA, THE FILMS OF D. W. GRIFFITH, GREAT RADIO PERSONALITIES IN HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHS, GREAT PRETENDERS: A HISTORY OF FEMALE AND MALE IMPERSONATION IN THE PERFORMING ARTS, THE SILENT FEMINISTS: AMERICA'S FIRST WOMEN DIRECTORS, THE AMERICAN FILM INDUSTRY: A HISTORICAL DICTIONARY, THE HOLLYWOOD NOVEL, NITRATE WON'T WAIT: A HISTORY OF FILM PRESERVATION IN THE UNITED STATES, LOIS WEBER: THE DIRECTOR WHO LOST HER WAY IN HISTORY, and SILENT PLAYERS: A BIOGRAPHICAL AND AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL STUDY OF 100 SILENT ACTORS AND ACTRESSES.
In 1990, in recognition of his work on the history of popular entertainment, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters by Bowling Green University. At that time, he was hailed by Lillian Gish as "our preeminent historian of the silent film."