The Body Shop Parties, Pills, and Pumping Iron — Or, My Life by Paul Solotaroff

By Paul Solotaroff

EISBN-13: 978-0-316-08883-1

As a scrawny collage freshman within the mid-1970s, prior to Arnold Schwarzenegger grew to become a hero to boys far and wide and Pumping Iron grew to become a cult hit, Paul Solotaroff found weights and steroids. In an issue of months, he grew from a dorky beanpole right into a hulking behemoth, exhibiting off his rock tough muscle tissues first at the streets of recent York urban after which along his colourful gym-rat pals in strip golf equipment and within the houses of the gotham elite. It used to be a swinging time, while "Would you love to dance?" became "Your position or mine?" and the fellows with the muscle groups had the entire ladies--until their our bodies, like Solotaroff''s, thoroughly close down.

But this isn't the gloom-and-doom habit one could expect--Solotaroff appears again at even his lowest issues with a depraved humorousness, and he sends up the disco period and its extra with the entire kaleidoscopic aspect of Boogie Nights or Saturday evening Fever.

Written with candor and sarcasm, THE physique store is a memoir with the entire components of significant fiction and dazzlingly monitors Paul Solotaroff's celebrated writing expertise.

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He asked. I nodded. ” I shook my head. I’m not much of an upchucker. I can and have eaten pizza on heroin. ” I nodded. ” “Something else,” I squeaked guiltily. ” By the time we had this conversation we were almost halfway home. Out of the city center and crossing the green fields and country roads back to Cumbernauld. ” he inquired tentatively I shook my head. I couldn’t speak now. All my concentration was on clenching. He sprang to action: reeling up the center aisle of the bus like a sailor in high seas as it careered around the winding roads, he made his way down to the front and talked to the driver.

Giants and fairies was how he described classical music. He could just as well have been talking about show business. Gunka said he’d buy me one of the big waxy discs for a present, yet as much as I had enjoyed the Norwegian composer’s opus, I wanted a pop music album instead. Gunka agreed that that might be a good place to start, and we whittled the options down to two: the Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper or a Monkees album called Headquarters. To my eternal shame, I chose the Monkees. This was because I was only eight and the Monkees looked cheerful and friendly on their album cover, whereas the Beatles had beards and my father had told me that you couldn’t trust a man with a beard because you didn’t know what he was hiding.

I nodded. ” “Something else,” I squeaked guiltily. ” By the time we had this conversation we were almost halfway home. Out of the city center and crossing the green fields and country roads back to Cumbernauld. ” he inquired tentatively I shook my head. I couldn’t speak now. All my concentration was on clenching. He sprang to action: reeling up the center aisle of the bus like a sailor in high seas as it careered around the winding roads, he made his way down to the front and talked to the driver.

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