10 Little Known True Stories From The Golden Age Of Porn

There's no shortage of amazing stories from that era of sex, drugs and porno.

When David Simon, the mastermind behind HBO€™s The Wire and Treme, was told by a former location manager that he really needed to meet with a guy who had once worked in the mob-controlled adult film industry in New York€™s Times Square in the 1970s he thought, €œI€™m married with kids and lawn furniture. I don€™t want to go there, man. That€™s dark.€ Indeed. To the wider world, there is something undignified about someone who concerns themselves with the history of dirty movies. What€™s to know? They were once short movies sold under the counter, then they became full movies watched in public and now porn is seemingly the reason the internet exists (well, that and cat pictures). Along the way, the mob controlled everything until they didn€™t, the drugs remained plentiful despite so many people dying, the FBI spent millions trying to get obscenity charges to stick to pornographers and at least once every decade there€™s some major scandal, from Deep Throat in the €˜70s to Traci Lords in the €˜80s to the AIDS outbreak of the 90s. Can€™t you just watch Paul Thomas Anderon€™s Boogie Nights and pretty much get a perfect summary of everything you need to know about the so-called golden age of porn? Maybe, but curiosity got the better of David Simon. He met with that former Times Square worker, and is now making a new HBO series called The Deuce (starring James Franco playing twins because of course he is). It€™s about porn in Times Square in the €˜70s and €˜80s, and, as Simon put it, €œThe moment where something became legal and profitable and what happens to people in that environment when markets prevail." As such, that period in adult film history seems worth revisiting at the moment because there's no shortage of amazing stories from that era of sex, drugs and porno.
 
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A former video store clerk turned history student turned professional researcher turned professional film/TV junkie, Kelly Konda has been writing about movies and TV shows online since 2013. Ask him what he thought about season 3 of Arrow at your own peril. His response will be alarmingly long.