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The Obscenity Report. Published by the Olympia Press. Paperback. 50p.

If you are not already bored to tears with the subject of obscenity and pornography, this book presents the findings of three reports/commissions whose conclusions vastly differ to those of Lord Longford and his ‘porn-busters’.

Introduced by John Trevelyan, the book contains the most significant parts of The Presidential Commission on Obscenity and Pornography (The Johnson Report), The Report of The Arts Council of Great Britain (1969) on the Obscene Publications Acts and The Report from the Danish Forensic Medicine Council to the Danish Penal Code Council (1966).

And believe me, or prove it for yourself by reading these informative, literate investigations their disclosures show how bigoted and unresearched Longford’s enquiry was.

The book is prefaced by Maurice Girodias, who himself went to prison in France because of some of the titles published in his famous Olympia Press Traveller’s Companion Series. Also included is a statement by President Richard Nixon, which rejects the Report of the Presidential Commission. Longford and his ‘band of angels’ unfortunately have one powerful, muddle-headed ally in the States.

A parting comment from your humble reviewer, ‘You see what you want to see, you hear what you want to hear.’

Denis Lemon

Denis Lemon

1945-1994. Denis was one of the founders of Gay News and was perhaps most famous for being sued by Mary Whitehouse when, as editor, he published a poem in 1976 by James Kirkup that she felt was 'blasphemous'. He was fined £500 and sentenced to 9 months in prison suspended for 8 months. The Court of Appeal later quashed the sentence. He died of complications from AIDS in 1994 and was survived by his partner Nick Purshouse.
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1945-1994. Denis was one of the founders of Gay News and was perhaps most famous for being sued by Mary Whitehouse when, as editor, he published a poem in 1976 by James Kirkup that she felt was ‘blasphemous’. He was fined £500 and sentenced to 9 months in prison suspended for 8 months. The Court of Appeal later quashed the sentence. He died of complications from AIDS in 1994 and was survived by his partner Nick Purshouse.

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