Spike Lee | A Fifth Thursday BONUS

Spike Lee Conceptual Art

An interview with the most controversial director in America about his most controversial film to date: Malcom X.

Penthouse Magazine - December, 1992When Spike Lee released Do the Right Thing in 1989, Universal Pictures and much of the press believed that it would spark a race riot. Do the Right Thing did not trigger unrest. Two years later, press and public feared that John Singleton’s Boyz N the Hood would start racial trouble. Boyz did not cause rioting. (A few L.A. gang members were denied entry to the film when they roughed each other up after a theater oversold the house. They had not even seen the movie.) Some weeks later, press and public believed Mario Van Peebles’s New Jack City would provoke black unrest, which it did not do. This month Spike Lee releases his film biography of Malcolm X, the man touted for 35 years as the instigator of violent racial revolution, which has not erupted.MORE from Penthouse

One thing about Spike Lee, he never makes movies that have no opinion or melt away into cultural fodder. Penthouse always appreciates that, which makes us always look forward to the next one.

Greg Graffin | 10 Years Ago This Month

Greg Graffin of Bad Religion

Greg Graffin, lead singer of legendary punkers Bad Religion, celebrates 30 years in music with his band’s 15th album and a memoir about his unique twin career paths.

Penthouse Magazine - October, 2010Anarchy and Inquiry

Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin has lived a double life for most of his adult existence. No, he’s not a CIA operative, he doesn’t have a second family squirreled away somewhere, and he’s definitely not addicted to a virtual online world, Dwight Schrute-style.MORE from Penthouse

Having taken a name like "Bad Religion" for his band, you might think Greg Graffin lacks a certain social acceptibility. That would be wrong.

Steve Van Zandt | 20 Years Ago This Month

Steve Van Zandt as a Musician

Steve Van Zandt’s performing career goes back to 1974, when he conducted the soulfully cool Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes with friend Johnny Lyon.

Penthouse Magazine - October, 2000Then he hooked up with Bruce Springsteen for the Born to Run album, beginning a seven-year association with the Boss as both touring-band stalwart and coproducer of the best-selling The River and Born in the U.S.A.

In 1982 Van Zandt decided to pursue a solo career, Adopting the name Little Steven, he opted for the personally rewarding but financially suicidal world of making politically charged albums. MORE from Penthouse

Maybe telling Bruce Springsteen he'd rather try it off on his own prepared Steve Van Zandt for dealing with Tony Soprano. Who knows? When you live and die by your own decisions, you’d better be tough.

College Football History | 30 Years Ago This Month

College Football Conceptual Art

Christmas 1988 was no time for rejoicing at the University of Oklahoma. The school’s Sooner football team — the state’s pride and joy — had been placed on probation for illegal payments and recruitment violations. But the worst was yet to come.

Penthouse Magazine - October, 1990Down and Dirty

On the first day of the new year, the team was blown out of the Citrus Bowl by an inferior Clemson team. A few days prior to the game, some of the players had destroyed a hotel room, and one of their coaches, under investigation by the F.B.I. for drug trafficking, got into an altercation at an Orlando country club, causing hundreds of dollars’ worth of damage to the premises.MORE from Penthouse

Sport to some. Abusive to the point of near slavery to others. Near to religion for even more. College Football checks all those boxes.