Angry, broke, and a chronic masturbator. The inventor of hardcore porn Al Goldstein has died



AL Goldstein, the bearded, bird-flipping publisher of Screw magazine who smashed down U.S. legal barriers against pornography and raged against politicians, organised religion and anything that even suggested good taste, died Thursday, according to a friend. He was 77.
Goldstein died at a Brooklyn hospice after a long illness, said the friend, attorney Charles C. DeStefano.
Of all the would-be successors to Hugh Hefner's sexual throne, no one was as out there as Goldstein. Whether publishing nude photographs of Jacqueline Kennedy, or placing an 11-foot-tall (3-metre-tall) sculpture of an extended middle finger outside his Florida home, Goldstein was a one-man, uncensored army of boiling humour, manic attire, numerous divorces and X-rated visions of peace and love.
"To be angry is to be alive. I'm an angry Jew. I love it. Anger is better than love. I think it is more pure," he said in an interview in 2001. "There's so much to be angry about, because people are ripped off, the election went to the wrong person, the good guys usually lose and society sucks."
Goldstein backed up his attitude where it counted, with his wallet, spending millions of dollars on First Amendment lawsuits, hundreds of thousands running unsuccessfully for sheriff in Florida, and millions more in numerous divorce settlements.


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