STRIPPED DOWN: A Naked Memoir is a look back at a surreal world kept carefully hidden from public view. This chronicle of life in the skin trade follows the meteoric rise of Stacey Keith, a girl scarcely out of her teens whose eye-popping assets launch her from wet T-shirt contests to the catwalks of Houston, strip bar capital of the world.
Almost overnight, she is discovered by a famous porn star, who Svengalis her onto the pages of Playboy, Penthouse, and dozens of other men’s magazines. While strutting her stuff onstage and across the country, Stacey makes the fateful decision to head to Hollywood. She’s got everything a girl could want: fame, attention, endless piles of cash…but no idea what awaits her.
With Internet porn overtaking men’s magazines, everyone from her Mafia-boss road manager to her smarmy talent agent pressures Stacey to do more than just flash her flesh. Uber-boob filmmaker Russ Meyer verbally abuses her; rocker Don Henley tries to use her. Yet through it all, from the warped misogyny of Playboy to the S&M dungeons of the Pacific Palisades, Stacey’s dark, self-deprecating humor will leave you laughing, crying and rooting for her at every step of the way.
A Brief History:
As part of the of the 2017 reading challenge, one of the items I have to read is a “A Juicy Memoir.” Well, if a book called Stripped Down: A Naked Memoir doesn’t qualify as juicy, then I don’t know what does.
To say this book surprised me would be an understatement. Stacey Keith’s memoir doesn’t just give you details about the ugly side of strip joints, it had some really funny moments, some tragic, moments, and even moments that made me go back an re-read something because I couldn’t belive what I just read.
There was the time she ran away from her pre-school, and was almost kidnapped. Later on she writes about some of the places she had to work at. And one ugly incident when she was hired for a bachelor party at a construction site.
some of her stories will shock you, and some will make you laugh. And a few of the stories about the celebrities she encountered at the Playboy mansion will make you wonder why those famous people act like that.
Despite a few slow parts in the middle of the book, I enjoyed reading Stripped Down. Stacey Keith does not hold back on anything, giving details on the good and the bad in her life. And like I said when I reviewed Lisa Ann’s book, don’t judge the book or the author by the cover.
Stripped Down: A Naked Memoir by Stacey Keith gets an B
And I can cross one item of the 2017 reading challenge: