Bad Karma.

Antiquet store, red head & Hershal._1_1

Still photo from a loop shoot

Defined by the dictionary: a loop is a thread that double-crosses itself.

Double-crossed is described as: deceived or betray.

Appropriately synonymous; my loop-days embodied both deception and betrayal.

What began as a routine undertaking, producing a series of loops for a new contact, eventually turned into a saga of draconian proportions. Not lacking in audacity, Ted Snyder, was introduced to me by one of the performers who worked on a number of shoots. The antithesis of the type of person I would normally associate with, I considered Snyder one of the sleazier variety of bottom-feeders. Sounds like an oxymoron of course, but there is  stratification even at the lowest depths of the food chain. Once the deal was struck and product delivered, Snyder and his mob man associate moved the goal post, unilaterally renegotiated the agreement and added an addendum to the contract. Not only were they not going to pay me but they expected me to do the next line of films for free and pay for them in addition. This is when you play the “friend” card and at that point I was happy to have one. The score was settled with one phone call from my friend. “Leave Larry alone or make sure your wife has a nice black dress and your insurance is paid up.”

Karma’s a bitch and when Snyder’s body was found riddled with machine gun bullet holes, nobody shed a tear. Especially his wife who arranged for his quick trip to eternity.

Extra, extra read all about it!Final Wham Bam cover-1

A dangerous journey during  the heady years of the 1970’s, when porn was profitable, illegal and a loadstone for gangsters and profiteers attracted by easy cash from 8 mm smut loops, this book documents first hand reports of that era.

Possibly one of the most influential sociological changes since the industrial revolution, the advent of   hardcore sex films in public places, stripped away much of the quasi-moral vestiges of the ninetieth century Victorian era. It was a time when mores, morals and modesty changed inexorably. Porn was not the only sociological shift; it was happening in the arts, politics and society in general. Whether pornography was a catlist or a by-product of this change is difficult to cleave, but for certain it played a big part in challenges for first amendment rights.    

Literally at fox hole, basement level, I witness the paradigm shift from titillation to penetration in motion pictures. I paralleled the legal adjustments, while making films, and watched as the public demanded the ability to watch what they wanted. It was an important slice of American culture witnessing  implications of the past and the impact to the future. 

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~ by Larry Revene on January 8, 2013.

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