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Monday, November 30, 2020

Acquired Tastes XLIII: Gay Pulp Fiction, Part 27 - Modern Greenleaf Classics

Acquired Tastes XLIII: Gay Pulp Fiction, Part 27
Modern Greenleaf Classics

So, today, we bid good-bye to Greenleaf Classics.

What is being featured represents the next chapter in the publishing house's history.

From Greenleaf's website:

Modern Greenleaf Classics Books
1976 - 1990

By 1976, the original management team was gone and the books changed their character. The pool of writers changed. The staff of cover artists changed. The editorial team that set story policy changed. Earlier imprints were halted and new imprints started. Thus the distinction being made here between the vintage and modern periods in the archive.

The books from the Modern period cover a wide spectrum of specific fetish themes featured in the various imprints. The cover art is either colorful and striking or simple line drawings illustrating a narrative scene.

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I am not sure if today's covers are part of the next generation of Greenleaf Classics. But they are not listed among the Classic period's (1959-1975) imprints, though the publication dates typically assigned are 1969/1970. They include a number of re-issues and a few of the authors should be familiar to you.

I did come across a eFanzine site by Earl Kemp, the 'Godfather of gay publishing". He worked under William Hamling, the owner of Greenleaf Publishing. The two were involved in a major court case that would help shape the course of censorship here in the U.S. 

You see, Greenleaf Publishing had fallen in the crosshairs of the FBI under Richard Nixon. And when Greenleaf dared to publish a fully-illustrated version of the Presidential Report of the Commission on Obscenity and Pornography (which included images of those things deemed obscene by the commission) that was the final straw. Kemp, along with Hamling, and two others were charged with a number  of obscenity charges. And Greenleaf publishing? They were up for the fight. 

From Kemp:

"On October 13, 1971, the case against Hamling, Kemp, Rogers, and Thomas begins.

'The American people want sexually oriented material,' Hamling tells the New York Times. 'This is what's on the best-sellers' list, and now the best movies are those rated R and X (Midnight Cowboy's original rating). The people have mandated for explicit sex. The snowball has started and that's why this trial is so important.' (New York Times, November 1971)

Judge Thompson admits that he is 'overwhelmed.' His first big case since taking the bench, he is, reportedly, under a great deal of pressure from Attorney General Mitchell and the Justice Department to assure convictions. The judge vehemently denies this, but reliable sources insist that there was a mole in Judge Thompson's office reporting to the defense who swears that the judge was receiving phone calls from the Justice Department on almost a daily basis to check in on the trial's progress. I have not, however, been able to confirm these reports with substantiating evidence. 

One thing is clear, though: Judge Thompson admits that he is absolutely dazed and dazzled by Stanley Fleishman's command of obscenity law and can barely keep up with him. He tries to rein-in Fleishman when he insists that the jury be allowed to go over the Greenleaf illustrated report, page by page, to little avail. Judge Thompson believes that this is a deliberate tactic to desensitize the jury to the book's content. The judge also feels that another Fleishman tactic is to purposely confuse the jury regarding obscenity laws. 'If it was, it worked,' he remembers. The trial lasted until two days before Christmas. Guilty of 12 counts of obscene mail solicitation, innocent on all other counts, and mistrial on the counts of publishing and distributing an obscene book."

Hamling and Kemp are both sentenced to one year in prison. They end up only serving the federal minimum of 3 month and one day.

Here is a bit more insight into the world of Greenleaf Classics, from Kemp:

"In the late sixties, inspired by the success of Fanny Hill, publishers turned their attentions to classical erotica. The very fact of their age gave these writings a cachet that made proving obscenity difficult, and it was not much of a problem to find experts willing to testify to their literary worth. Trouble was, there were only so many of these old gems lying about.

Then one day I had much the same thought I had had a few years earlier, when I first started looking at these sexy pulps in a Hollywood book store: "By golly, I could do this." So I reread Fanny Hill, The Memoirs of Cesare Borgia and a bit of de Sade, and wrote Friar Peck and His Tale - by anonymous.

In a scholarly introduction, Douglas H. Gamlin, Ph.D. (Donald H. Gilmore, Ph.D.) compared the book to Spenser, Chaucer, et al, and hedged his bets by stating the writing suggests 'deep research on the part of the author or, indeed, that the author did exist four hundred years ago.'

Despite such a coy hint, Friar Peck quickly became accepted as an authentic piece of 16th century erotica, and still appears as such in book catalogs. So I did make a contribution to the literature of the Dark Ages, although I'm not quite old enough to have lived through them."

And one more interesting tidbit: Greenleaf Classics invested in a number of feature-length adult films. Most notable among them being Adultery For Fun And Profit, an award-winner at the 1970 Amsterdam sex film festival.

Earl Kemp at the Sex 69 World's Fair of Sex in Copenhagen,
 holding up a poster for next year's show. (1969).

So these are the 'red cover' titles that, for the purposes of this series, are going to close out this publishing house. While searching for other books, titles that are part of this imprint kept popping up, so I would save them. Therefore, you would think that locating all of them would be a snap, but that is not so. I did my best. Yes, a number of titles are missing in action. The one's shown are listed in the order of their catalog number.

Note: Illustrator Harry Bremmer is responsible for most of the cover art below. If no author is listed, then it is attributed to 'anonymous'.

The Tijuana Bible Reader
GL 101

Two to Show...
Author Dallas Kovar
GL 103

Pot & Pansies
Author: Paul Quinn
GL 100

The Virgin Eater
Author: Chris Davidson
GL 107

The Good Fairy
Author: Jadkle Bortner
GL 109

The Male Stem
Patrick Doyle
GL 111

Friar Peck and his Tale
Author: Earl Kemp
GL 113

Farmer in the Fly
Author: Allan James
GL 114

Naked on Main Street
Author: Richard Amory
GL 117

Coxswains of Malibu
Gabriel Hunter
GL 118

Experiment With Men
Author: Cal Hearn
GL 120

God Save the Queen
Author: Peter Randolph
GL 121

The Golden Tuft
Author: Chris Davidson
GL 124

Tongue & Cheek
Author: Allan James
GL 127 

The Sultry Stud
Author: Shane V. Baxter
GL 128

Author: Dirk Vanden
GL 129

Lay Them Straight
Author: Chris Davidson
GL 130

Bunny Bitch
Author: Julian Francis
GL 131

The Second Tijuana Bible Reader
GL 133

Author: O.R. Wells
GL 134

Coming Out
Author: Chris Davidson
GL 140

Truck Stop
Author: Jeff Lawton
GL 141

The Gooser
Author: Larry Townsend
GL 142

A Handsome Young Man With Class
Author: Richard Armory
GL 143

Gay Guy
Author: Chet Roman
GL 144

Longhorn Drive
Author: Richard Amory
GL 146

Five Roads to Tlen
Author: William J. Lambert, III
GL 148

Leather AD Volume I.M.
Author: Larry Townsend
GL 150

Coq Le Grand
Author: Llewellyn Hollingsworthy
GL 151

In Homage to Priapus
Authors: Various
Editor: E.V. Griffith
GL 152

Demon's Stalk
Author: William J. Lambert, III
GL 153

The Gods of Tlen
Author: William J. Lambert, III
GL 154

The Young Master
Author: William J. Lambert, III
GL 154

The Rap for Sodomy
Author: Jason Forbes
GL 157

Author: Burton Dickson
GL 160

The Conqueror
Author: Morley Cochran
GL 162

From left to right: 
Robert Bonfils, Art Director/Cover Artist
Robert Speray, Bibliophile
Earl Kemp, Publisher
April 21, 2002

God Save The Queen - The Sex Pistols

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Sunday Diva / Three From the Hip: Dolly Parton

Sunday Diva / Three From the Hip: 
Dolly Parton

In my own personal big gay church there is a special wing dedicated to The Working Girls. These ladies have had long careers spanning decades with great chart success. They've hosted television shows, starred in movies, appeared on variety shows, championed causes, ruled the music charts and had their ups and downs. But they kept on and keep on working.

One managed to do it all while sharing her special brand of sunshine and Smoky Mountain-style wisdom...

Dolly Parton.

Light of a clear blue morning, indeed!

Dolly is just what we need these days... a sprinkle of glitter, a dab of self-deprecating humor, and some gentle chiding... singing a simple song with her pixie dust voice.

Dolly has always made everything alright. 

She remains one of the most genuine people on the planet. Kind. Generous. Thoughtful.

I don't believe in angels. But I do believe in Dolly Parton.

She's managed to do it all... movies, albums, singles, variety shows, tours, television.

And won our hearts in the process. 

The gospel according to her?

Well, here are three from the hip, dropping from her lips.

The topic? Gay Folk

"I am not gay, but if I were, I would be the first one running out of the closet."

"I didn't know any gay people in my childhood. I do have a lot of gays in my family now, but some will never come out. 
I have a big gay and lesbian following and they've been very loyal and kind to me."

"I try to see the good in everybody, and I don't care who people are as long as they're themselves, whatever that is. God tells us not to judge one another, no matter what anyone's sexual preferences are or if they're black, brown or purple. 
I think everyone should be with who they love."

Dumb Blonde - Dolly Parton

Light of A Clear Blue Morning - Dolly Parton

When Life is Good Again - Dolly Parton

And one last parting shot...

"If I hadn't been a woman, I'd be a drag queen for sure. I like all that flair and I'd be dressing up in them high heels and putting on the big hair. I'd be like Ru Paul."

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Weekend Onesie: Careful Not to Overcommit

Weekend Onesie:
 Careful Not to Overcommit

Yes, we made it through the first hoop! Thanksgiving has come and gone. 

I  do hope you had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed every moment.

And speaking of moments...

You know the moment the table is cleared, dishes are washed, and the leftovers carefully stored? The countdown begins. Yes, time to plan for the next festivities. Make way. Because here it comes!

Well, don't be in too much of a rush, making commitments and promises. Be careful not to spread yourself too thin, or cast too wide a net.

You know how it goes? 

You mean well, but before you know it? Why your feet are practically knocked out from under you.

I know it's all too easy to get caught up in the spirit of the season and overcommit. 

But see... that's when what should be fun? Becomes a pain.

So take a firm stance, now.

And avoid the pain that comes when budgets and schedules are stretched to the breaking point. 

Yes, there are serious consequences when we overcommit ourselves.

Remember! This is supposed to be fun. Not painful.

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Just a little reminder from Wonderland Burlesque.
Have fun planning your holiday season. 
Wishing you all the very best. 
(And keep your legs together, dear.) 
(The baby jeezus doesn't need to see that.) 
(Looks like you got a turkey wattle hanging there!)
- Uptonking from Wonderland Burlesque

Spread Too Thin - Dirty Heads

Friday, November 27, 2020

Friday Fun: Happy National Craft Jerky Day

Friday Fun: 
Happy National Craft Jerky Day

So, craft yourself a nice jerk!

(Mean lady with oversized glasses wearing a housecoat, badly dyed hair in curlers and a gash of a mouth painted red who lives in my haunted head steps out from the shadows...)

What duzzat mean?

Why you gotta make everything so dirty, huh?

What's wrong wif you?

Yer momma never teach ya anything nice?

You gotta dirty up everything ya touch?

Jeeze Louise. 

You serious?

"Craft yo-self a nice jerk?"

What izz zat? Huh?

What's wrong wif you?

Somebody comes up wif a perfectly nice holly-day and der goes you... makin' it all dirty.

Der auto be a law, chrissake!

Now get outta here, ya low life...

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Have a lovely weekend.
(And craft yourself a nice jerk!)
- Uptonking from Wonderland Burlesque

Back and Forth - Cameo

Let It Whip - Dazz Band