TORONTO, March 22 /CNW/ - ECW Press has released a new book on
professional wrestling's dark side called Wrestling Babylon. Written by Irvin
Muchnick, a widely published writer and nephew of the late, legendary promoter
Sam Muchnick, the book explores the growth of wrestling and its profound
impact on mainstream sports and society.
Reprinted in Wrestling Babylon is Muchnick's 1992 People article on Hulk
Hogan, which exposed the drug abuse of the sport's signature superstar.
Current allegations of illegal steroid distribution in pro wrestling underline
the prescience of Muchnick's writing. "Irv was writing about this subject
almost 20 years ago," says Michael Holmes, senior editor ECW Press.
In the foreword, ESPN's Bert Randolph Sugar calls Muchnick's book "a sock
on the jaw," adding: "This is an industry with as much to say about our
collective consciousness as ballet, opera and athletics combined - and with
Wrestling Babylon it has met its match."
Muchnick has written for many publications, including The New York Times
Magazine, People, Sports Illustrated, Spin, and the Village Voice.
ECW Press is one the fastest growing and most diversified independent
publishers in North America. ECW Press books are distributed throughout the
English-speaking world and have been translated into dozens of languages. ECW
Press is distributed in Canada by Jaguar Book Group, in the U.S. by
Independent Publishers Group (IPG), and in the United Kingdom and Europe by
Turnaround Publisher Services.
For further information:
For further information: Simon Ware, ECW Press, Tel: (416) 694-3348,