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Encyclopedia > Oui (magazine)
OUI Magazine first cover (October 1972)
OUI Magazine first cover (October 1972)

Oui is a men's pornographic magazine published in the USA and featuring explicit nude photographs of models, with full page pin-ups, centerfolds, interviews and other articles, and cartoons. Image File history File links Oui_premiere. ... Image File history File links Oui_premiere. ... Pornographic magazines, sometimes known as adult magazines or sex magazines are magazines that contain content of a sexual nature, typically regarded as pornography. ... Photograph of the once famous model Dovima A model is a person who poses or displays for purposes of art, fashion, or other products and advertising. ...

It was originally published in France under the name Lui by Daniel Filipacchi, (first French issue January 1964), as a French equivalent of Playboy. In 1972, Playboy Enterprises purchased the rights for a U.S. edition, changing the name to Oui, and the first issue was published in October of that year. Jon Carroll, formerly assistant editor at Rolling Stone magazine and editor of Rags and later editor of The Village Voice, was selected as the first editor. Arthur Kretchmer, the editor of Playboy, however, had a role in assuring that editorial choices would be in line with Hugh Hefner's vision [1] [2]. Lui in the eighties with Valérie Kaprisky as cover girl Lui is a French adult entertainment magazine created in January 1964 by Daniel Filipacchi. ... Daniel Filipachi is the son of Henri Filipacchi, a director at Hachette and the inventor of Hachettes Livre de Poche brand of pocketbooks. ... Classic Playboy logo. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Jon Carroll is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. ... This article is about the magazine. ... A rag is a piece of old cloth used to clean or wipe things. ... The Village Voice is a weekly newspaper in New York City featuring investigative articles, analysis of current affairs and culture, arts reviews and events listings for New York City. ...

The intention was to differentiate the audience in mass-market men's magazines, in an attempt to answer the challenge brought by Penthouse, with its more explicit photography. At first Playboy responded by following Penthouse in a nudity escalation, but Playboy management was hesitant to alter the magazine's philosophy, based on a more 'mature' and 'sophisticate' audience (one-third of Playboy's readership at that time was estimated to be over 35), so instead Oui was intended to be more explicit to capture younger readership and therefore compete on multiple fronts[3]. (See also Pubic Wars). The original idea was to introduce an ersatz European flavor to men's magazines, using original French edition photographs and translating the articles, but immediately it became clear that direct translations had little appeal to an American audience. Penthouse, a mens magazine founded by Bob Guccione, combines urban lifestyle articles and soft-core pornographic pictorials that, in the 1990s, evolved into hardcore. ... Pubic Wars, a pun on the Punic Wars, is the name given to the rivalry between the pornographic magazines Playboy and Penthouse during the 1960s and 1970s. ...

In the late seventies, Oui published some interesting articles, including "Is this the man who ate Michael Rockefeller?" (April 1977) by Lorne Blair (lately famous for the Ring of Fire documentaries), beginning with a photograph of a grinning New Guinea native, told by the intrepid anthropologist/reporter who journeyed to New Guinea, interviewed people who had known Michael Rockefeller, then ventured into the jungle and actually talked to members of the tribe from whom Rockefeller had bought native art artifacts, including totem poles. In the end, he found a man who claimed he had eaten the unfortunate collector. Michael C. Rockefeller (born 1938 - died November 18, 1961?) was the youngest son of Governor Nelson Rockefeller and disappeared during an expedition to New Guinea. ... Ring of Fire can refer to: The Pacific Ring of Fire, a region ringing the Pacific Ocean that is prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity Ring of Fire (song), a song by June Carter and Merle Kilgore which was performed by Johnny Cash and later covered by other bands such... A Gitxsan pole (left) and Kwakwakawakw pole (right) at Thunderbird Park in Victoria, British Columbia. ...

Oui also hosted several reportages about Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) activity, like the article "CIA vs. USA - The Agency's Plot to Take Over America" by Philip Agee, about an alleged Operation PBPrime, whose leaders were the top four men in the Central Intellegence Agency and whose target was the control of the U.S. government. Even if most of the matter can be regarded as scandalistic and controversial in nature, the fringe status of adult magazines, like Oui, tends to make their editors involved in civil liberty and political anti-establishment arguably creditable investigative journalism, printing what other mass-circulation publications won't. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is an intelligence agency of the United States Government. ... Philip Burnett Franklin Agee (born July 19, 1935 in Tacoma Park, Florida) is a former CIA agent and author who published a controversial book, Inside the Company: CIA Diary, detailing his experiences in, and the operation of, the eponymous agency. ... CIA cryptonyms are code words seen in declassified documents of the US Central Intelligence Agency. ...

Oui also published some interesting short fiction, including a story called "Rock Wars", which is arguably a precursor to the rock band in "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe", by Douglas Adams. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980, ISBN 0345391810) is the second book in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction series by Douglas Adams. ... Douglas Noël Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was a British author, comic radio dramatist, and amateur musician. ...

A 1977 interview with the magazine by the then 29-years-old emerging actor Arnold Schwarzenegger on critical issues like sex, drugs, bodybuilding and homosexuality produced some embarrassment to the running candidate to the 2003 gubernatorial campaign.[4] Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German pronunciation (IPA): ) (born on July 30, 1947, in Graz, Austria) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, actor and an American politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of California. ...

In June 1981 Playboy Enterprises ended the Oui experiment. The magazine was sold to Laurant Publishing Ltd. in New York. The new president and chief operating officer was Irwin E. Billman, former executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Penthouse Group[5]. 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

In terms of celebrity nudity, Oui peaked in 1982 with pictorials of Demi Moore and Pia Zadora. The magazine has since declined greatly in circulation. As of 2006, Oui is still published by Laurant Publishing Ltd. Demi Moore Demetria Gene Guynes (born November 11, 1962), better known as Demi Moore, is an American actress. ... // Early Life Born Pia Alfreda Schipani in Hoboken, New Jersey, of part Polish and part Italian descent, she adapted part of her mothers maiden name (Zadorowska) as her stage name. ... 2006 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Notes and References

  1. ^ Carroll, Jon: Windy City legend hangs up his cleats San Francisco Chronicle, September 16, 2002
  2. ^ Carroll, Jon: Arthur Kretchmer tried to warn me San Francisco Chronicle, September 17, 2002
  3. ^ Hefner's Grandchild Time, August 28, 1972
  4. ^ Schwarzenegger has 'no memory' of lewd 1977 interview - Candidate says he never lived 'to be a politician' Thursday, August 28, 2003 CNN
  5. ^ Dougherty, Philip H. New York Times, June 12, 1981

See also

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