Lethe Press has re-issued Dirty Poole, Wakefield Poole's autobiography, in a new edition containing a specially written chapter bringing the book up to date, as well as incorporating over 20 photographs. The book, subtitled A Sensual Memoir, was first issued in 2000 by Alyson Publications, but quickly went out of print. Now, Dirty Poole is back and better than ever.
Filmmaker Wakefield Poole wrote the rules for living on the edge with no safety net and no apologies. How a respected Broadway dancer, choreographer, and director became the infamous creator of beautiful, wildly successful gay porn is just part of a gripping story
that takes us on a whirlwind tour of the early days of the sexual revolution, when “anything goes” was a way of life. While rubbing shoulders with the theatrical elite of the day, including Noël Coward, Marlene Dietrich, Richard Rodgers, Liza Minnelli, and Stephen Sondheim, Poole created Boys in the Sand, the film that would revolutionize pornography and gay film, start the “porno chic” trend of the 1970s, and serve as the ruler by which adult entertainment is measured. The new edition of Poole’s memoir is an honest and entertaining look at life in the worlds of theater and gay porn, the perils and joys of success, the horrors of drug addiction, and the resilient spirit of a man who continually re-invented himself and survived it all.
Anyone donating $75 or more to the completion of the documentary Dirty Poole will receive an autographed copy of Dirty Poole: A Sensual Memoir as a Thank You gift.