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Taschen Exquisite Mayhem


€20.00 EUR

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Explore the spectacular and erotic world of wrestling, full of blood, sweat and bikinis.


This book captures the most famous wrestlers of the 60s and 70s, as well as the bikini-clad women who writhed around on staged photography sets in the sub-genre of “apartment wrestling.” with almost 500 illustrations.

Through blood, tears, sweat, and writhing, this book compiles the best images of the unsung giant of sports photography, Theo Ehret. From the 60s through the early 80s, Ehret chronicled the matches at the Grand Olympic Auditorium in L.A. as well as the erotic sub-genre of “apartment wrestling.”

Through the weigh-ins, the injuries, the backstage brawls, and the captivated crowds, Ehret’s images capture the action and the atmosphere of the Grand Olympic Auditorium, where the likes of The Sheik, André the Giant, Killer Kowalski, Gordman and Goliath, and Jesse “The Body” all punched their way to stardom. Alongside the Grand Olympic shots are the dramatic apartment wrestling images, a male fantasy phenomenon of buttocks and bare breasts, staged passions and long, strong limbs.

An interview with Ehret adds his personal commentary to both sides of the wrestling scene, the legends he met along the way, and the interplay of fantasy, reality, and photography.

Product Description and Details

  • Hardcover, 17 x 23.3 cm, 512 pages.
  • ISBN: 9783836558280.
  • Multilingual Edition: English, French, German.

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  • Product dispatches within 1 business day.
  • 1-5 days delivery time.
  • 15 days return. Product must be sealed, unopened and in its original package.
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