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Reference No: 4082
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Price: £20.00
  Larry Flynt

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American publisher of “Hustler” Magazine; paralysed from the waist down due to injuries sustained in a 1978 assassination attempt.

After building up a chain of working class clubs in Dayton, Ohio, Flynt decided to open a new, higher-class bar, which would also be the first in the area to feature nude hostess dancers; he named it the Hustler Club. From 1968 onward he opened Hustler Clubs in Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Toledo. Soon each club was grossing between $260,000 and $520,000 a year and by 1970 he owned eight.

Flynt then began publishing the Hustler Newsletter containing information about his various clubs. By 1974 the Hustler Newsletter had morphed into the full-fledged soft-porn magazine, Hustler, the first to show “pink shots”. A year into publishing Hustler the magazine was grossing more than $500,000 per issue. Later that same year with publishing profits far surpassing those of the Hustler Clubs, Flynt decided to get out of the bars business and be a publisher full time.

Flynt was then approached by a paparazzo who had taken nude pictures of former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis while she was sunbathing on vacation in 1971. He purchased them for $18,000 and published them in the August 1975 issue. That issue attracted widespread attention, and one million copies were sold within a few days. Flynt became a millionaire and bought himself a vast mansion.

In March 1978, during a legal battle related to obscenity, Flynt was shot by a sniper, a white supremacist outraged at an interracial photo shoot in Hustler. This shooting left him partially paralyzed, with permanent spinal cord damage, and in need of a wheelchair and in constant pain. Flynt's suffered a stroke caused by one of several overdoses of his painkillers; he recovered but has had speech difficulties since.

Flynt has been embroiled in many legal battles regarding the regulation of pornography and free speech within the United States and in 1996 the film The People vs. Larry Flynt, based on his life and featuring Woody Harrelson in the title role was made.

Flynt disowned his eldest daughter after she became a Christian anti-pornography activist

This is a fine black and white 8" x 10" photograph, nicely signed in black ink across a clear area of the image. In excellent condition.