Wednesday, June 21, 2006

1972 Pimp Handbook Lays It All Out For You

MIAMI (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Want proof there’s a generation gap? Ask someone to define the word “pimp.”

That’s the word from photojournalist Bob Adelman, who, back in 1972, co-authored a photo book about pimps called Gentlemen Of Leisure (PowerHouse Books) – now being reissued for the first time in years.

The book focuses on a year in the life of a pimp named “Silky” and the women who work for him – and, of course, it’s chock full of the mack daddy threads that influenced hip-hop generations to come.

These days, real pimps and prostitutes use cell phones and text messages to take care of business, but some things are still the same.

As Adelman puts it, “The game is the same. Any girl out on the street needs a pimp for protection or to bail her out if she gets arrested.”

Still, times HAVE changed for Adelman, who says: “Back [in 1972], the word ‘pimp’ was used as a noun for a criminal. Now, it’s a verb meaning ‘to style something in an outrageous over-the-top fashion.”’

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