Author(s): Robert Hofler
After the sexual revolution came the sexual explosion. The six years between 1968 and 1973 saw more sexual taboos challenged than ever before, and likely ever since. Film, literature, theater and music simultaneously broke through barriers previously unimagined, giving birth to what we still consider to be the height of sexual expression: 'The Joy of Sex', 'Myra Breckinridge', 'Hair', 'The Boys in the Band', 'Midnight Cowboy', 'Playgirl', and 'Deep Throat'. In SEXPLOSION Robert Hofler weaves a lively narrative linking many of the writers, producers, and actors responsible for creating these controversial works, placing them within their cultural and social frameworks. While the Stonewall Riots violently ravaged Greenwich Village, and Roe v. Wade reached the Supreme Court, a group of daring artists where challenging the status quo and defining the country's concept of sexual liberation. Hofler follows the creation of and reaction to these groundbreaking works, tracing their connections and influences upon one another and the rest of entertainment. Always colorful and often unexpected, SEXPLOSION is an illuminating work about the origins of sexual expression in popular culture and the power it continues to hold after forty years.
Sexplosion is a witty, insightful ride through the most entertaining period in American pop culture, the late 1960's, when saying bad words and shedding one's clothes in public were controversial and, in some circles, heroic acts.----Ron Nyswaner, screenwriter of Philadelphia and The Painted Veil