The Marquis de Sade
Perhaps one of the LEAST hypocritical figures in history, the Marquis de Sade was a French aristocrat who not only wrote dirty books like 120 Days Of Sodom but he also LIVED much of the kinky stuff he wrote about.
In fact, de Sade-whose name served as the "inspiration" for the word SADISM-was SO controversial due to his books and his lifestyle that even Napoleon himself had him locked up at one point.
Robert James Waller
Waller was middle-aged when his book The Bridges Of Madison County was published and, though it was panned by critics, became not only the best-selling book of the 90s but of all-time.
It also became a hit movie starring Clint Eastwood & Meryl Streep. His success at a later age helps spur on my own writing.
One of the most legendary country musicians of all-time, the late Merle Haggard had a troubled childhood, especially after the passing of his beloved father, and ended up in San Quentin prison where he served over three years.
Throughout his music career, Haggard had about 40 number 1 hits and won a slew of awards & accolades. In fact, Merle once stated how he once received an award by the SAME group of people who sent him to prison.
Professor & provocateur Camille Paglia came to prominence in the 90s with her books & interviews where she thoroughly denounced the PC madness of the time which was the LAST time that political correctness reared its ugly fascist head.
Though she's still in the public eye and writing books and giving interviews, Paglia is not considered as "subversive" as she once was. Which is why I think we need a NEW Camille Paglia to fight against the current PC BS. You think?
Frank Zappa began his musical career as the frontman for the 60s psychedelic group The Mothers Of Invention before going solo with such witty-and non-PC!-ditties like "Bobby Brown Goes Down" & "He's So Gay".
There was one story where Frank got an angry letter from a Jewish group demanding an "apology" for his song "Jewish Princess". However, instead of "apologizing", he framed the letter & hung it up on his wall. R.I.P., Frank! You are SORELY missed!
Before I'd even heard of comics like George Carlin & Bill Hicks, there was Kenny Everett who was a radio & TV personality on the BBC. I used to watch his show on Night Flight when I was a teen.
Everett was reportedly booted off the BBC because he kept mocking the Queen (although some accouts differ on his departure from the BBC). Sadly, Kenny Everett passed away from AIDS in 1995. (He came out as gay some years before.)
Jimi Hendrix is regarded as one of the greatest rock guitarists of all-time with songs like his signature song "Purple Haze" & other classic hits such as "The Wind Cries Mary". Hendrix accomplished this in spite of the fact that his music career only spanned a total of four years.
Hendrix's rather unorthodox way of playing has inspired my own guitar playing as he's no doubt influenced countless other guitarists. Jimi Hendrix passed away from a reported drug overdose in 1970 (along with other rock icons Janis Joplin & Jim Morrison).
And here are a couple of people whom I used to really admire but now not so much:
I used to watch sportscaster-turned-media-pundit Keith Olbermann's former show on MSNBC religiously. Then he apparently started taking his own hype WAY too seriously as so many others have done before-and after-him.
Keith even BLOCKED me once on-where else!-Twitter for daring to "criticize" him. He's even been known to get into Twitter fueds with KIDS. Which really should not be so surprising since Keith has been FIRED from every media job he's had due to his reported bashit craziness.
Jello Biafra was the lead singer and chief songwriter for the punk rock group the Dead Kennedys whom I used to listen to all throughout my years in high school with albums like "Frankenchrist" & "Give Me Convenience & Give Me Death" along with his solo work.
Although Jello used to attack ALL political sides, since the "election" of Trump, he has now apparently become a bonafide PCer. (Just watch his YouTube videos.) Which is a shame, really.