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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (331 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Sullivan Narrator: Alan Sklar Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781400184699
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In Seven Dirty Words, journalist and cultural critic James Sullivan tells the story of Alternative America from the 1950s to the present, from the singular vantage point of George Carlin, the Catholic boy for whom nothing was sacred. A critical biography, Seven Dirty Words is an insightful (and, of course, hilarious) examination of Carlin's body of work as it pertained to its cultural times and the man who created it, from his early days as a more-or-less conventional comedian to his stunning transformation into the subversive comedic voice of the emerging counterculture. Sullivan also chronicles Carlin's struggles with censorship and drugs, as well as the full-blown renaissance he experienced in the 1990s, both personally and professionally, when he became an elder statesman to a younger generation of comics who revered him. Seven Dirty Words is nothing less than the definitive biography of an American master who changed the world and also a work of cultural commentary that frames George Carlin's extraordinary legacy. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sullivan convincingly makes the case that for fifty years Carlin ‘may well have produced more laughs than any other human being.’”

    New York Times

  • Sullivan convincingly makes the case that for 50 years Carlin 'may well have produced more laughs than any other human being.' Dwight Garner, The New York Times
  • “Sullivan has done an outstanding job…positioning the late comedian George Carlin as a counterculture icon whose loathing of hypocrisy and love of language changed comedy forever.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Sullivan dissects the comedian’s classic iconoclastic routines, probes his working methods and successfully captures his rocketlike ascent to fame.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An excellent account of the life and work of an important and greatly missed artist.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Johnson | 2/16/2014

    " I thought from the title that this book might be similar to the dry but fascinating (at least for First Amendment nerds) The Trials of Lenny Bruce, focusing on Carlin's court battles, and in particular the 7 Dirty Words Supreme Court case. Turns out, it's pretty much a straight biography covering Carlin's entire career. A lot of of the material here will be familiar to anyone who's read Last Words (Carlin's autobiography), but Sullivan provides a lot of context that's missing in Carlin's memoir, along with accounts from the other people involved in various incidents. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Byron Lee | 2/13/2014

    " Audio version read by George's brother George, who sounds oddly very much like him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 2/3/2014

    " Carlin was a genius. This book details the myriad of reasons why. No one can come close to the wise old man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celia | 1/18/2014

    " The part about George Carlin's early life is interesting. The later part of the book is just a listing of his performances. It does not deeply go into his work. It is not a funny book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 1/14/2014

    " Just listened to this on audiobooks. Interesting to contemplate how much things have changed since the 1950s! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett | 1/9/2014

    " Finished "7 Dirty Words: The Life and Crimes of George Carlin" by James Sullivan. This covered his career from very early until his death in 2008, including his military experience, his idol (Lenny Bruce), his various routines and how some of them evolved, his influence on censorship and law, his relationships and even his hairstyles. Best enjoyed with an open mind. After I finished it, I went on Netflix and watched about 4 hours of his routines. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 1/9/2014

    " I found James Sullivan's biography about the iconic comedian a must read for all George Carlin fans. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jules | 1/4/2014

    " If you don't know why George Carlin is important, but want to, then this book will spell it out for you. Letter by letter, job by job, word by word. Sometimes that is done well, here, it seems a bit dogged and labored. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 12/22/2013

    " love george carlin, did not know these details of his life "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebester | 11/27/2013

    " Not always as well written as I would have liked, and it often felt like the author had too much information that he wasn't quite allowed to fit in to the length of the book, but I was glad to get a chance to learn a bit more about a man I've admired for some time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt ONeil | 11/23/2013

    " I've read hundreds of bios. James Sullivan is unique in his attention to backstory, making each making each entry about his subject that much more interesting "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Howard Buchman | 11/20/2013

    " No insightful comment here..... It was ok. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Violet | 11/20/2013

    " The writing was surprisingly dry in some parts - but it was still a decent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 9/3/2013

    " Great insight into the life and times of the great man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 5/17/2013

    " Could use some tighter editing, seemed like there were stories that didn't really connect to the rest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan Jardine | 12/14/2011

    " Not quite in the same league as Carlin in his own words (Last Words), but it would be pretty tough to make someone as outspoken as George Carlin uninteresting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 trina | 9/27/2011

    " did not begin to do justice to the wild-eyed magic that was george carlin. the basic facts are there, and some interesting tidbits besides, but the writing read like a fifth grader's report on their favorite celebrity. bo-ring. how do people like this get published? eesh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 9/14/2011

    " Very good book. Well written and clear. Sullivan managed to put George Carlin's life in an easy to understand perspective without losing everything that made Carlin a leader in comedy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ward Anderson | 7/23/2011

    " An unbiased look at a comic genius. Painful at times. Always interesting. And honest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Mitchell | 7/3/2011

    " Along with Lenny Bruce and Bill Hicks, George Carlin was a comedian that transcended comedy to become a philosopher. If you think that that sounds a little too deep then just read this book to see that that is a fair summation. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/28/2011

    " Did not enjoy this at all. Too bad "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 12/29/2010

    " I really wanted this to be funnier. Informative though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 11/6/2010

    " Well who've thought? A biography of George Carlin that manages to be dull, plodding, and heavy-handed. I kept listening thinking it had to get better... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Howard | 10/29/2010

    " No insightful comment here..... It was ok. "

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