Obscenity, “Porno Chic,” and <i>Let My People Come</i>

Elizabeth L. Wollman

in Hard Times

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199747481
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979417 | DOI:
                   Obscenity, “Porno Chic,” and Let My People Come

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Chapter 6 traces the history of obscenity law, with emphasis on the rulings between the mid-1950s and early 1970s that most directly impacted mass entertainment in the United States. The increased public acceptance of pornographic movies, the changing definitions of the word “obscenity,” and the blurred boundaries between art and erotica are related to the musical theater on the stage and screen. “Porno Chic” and its influence on Let My People Come are considered in this chapter.

Keywords: Roth v. United States; obscenity; porno chic; Deep Throat; Let My People Come; Earl Wilson Jr; Phil Oesterman

Chapter.  11711 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music ; Popular Music

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