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Jewish Porn King Dies at 77

Al Goldstein, founder of Screw Magazine, passes away from renal failure in Brooklyn

By: Zak Edwards
Published: December 19th, 2013 in News » World
Al Goldstein

Al Goldstein, the founder and publisher of Screw magazine and host of the long-running Midnight Blue television show, passed away today at 77, reports Chron.

Goldstein started Screw in 1968 and ran the weekly tabloid until 2003, when the print magazine could no longer keep it up with other, more readily available hardcore pornography. After a series of harassment lawsuits, including one that resulted from him publishing a girl’s name in an issue of Screw, Goldstein was left homeless and broke.

He died in a hospice in his native Brooklyn from renal failure.

Goldstein spent much of his life breaking down the legal barriers against the porn industry, frequently publishing pictures and articles that landed him in numerous obscenity trials. Among some of his unashamedly and self-described “bad taste content” included nude pictures of Jacqueline Kennedy, illustrations of the Pillsbury Doughboy in compromising positions, and reviews of brothels.

He also had an eleven-foot statue of the middle finger at his mansion, which was sold to pay his debts in the early 2000s.

According to Screw’s manifesto, it promised to be less glossy than Playboy: "We promise never to ink out a pubic hair or chalk out an organ. We will apologize for nothing. We will uncover the entire world of sex. We will be the Consumer Reports of sex."

Goldstein married five times and had a son, Jordan. He was estranged from all of them. Love, it seems, was not exactly something he really thought highly of:

“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."

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